Dr Sarah Dennis

Grad Assoc Phys Sheffield MSc UCL PhD Queen Mary London
Senior Lecturer, Physiotherapy

C43O - O Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 9265
Fax +61 2 9351 9278

Website Lung & Heart Physiotherapy Research Group

Biographical details

Dr Dennis is a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Physiotherapy. Her research interests are in the prevention, diagnosis and management of chronic conditions with a focus on primary health care and integration of care across health sectors. She also holds a conjoint senior lecturer position at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at UNSW.

Research interests

  • ​Prevention, diagnosis and management of chronic conditions with a focus on primary health care and integration of care across health sectors.
  • Management of chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD.
  • Self-management for chronic conditions.
  • Health literacy.
  • Health equity and disadvantage.
  • Impact and management of multi-morbidity.
  • Practice based research networks in primary care including use of practice data for chronic disease management.

Keywords: chronic disease, prevention, chronic disease management, multi-morbidity, primary health care, integration, health literacy, physiotherapy

Teaching and supervision

  • PHTY2060 Preventive Health Unit of Study Co-ordinator
  • Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator, Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • ​Research higher degree supervision in the areas of chronic disease prevention and management, including impact of multi-morbidity, integration of care

Current projects

  • ​Using the electronic Practice Based Research Network (ePBRN) to prevent re-admission for type-2 diabetes (funded by HCF)
  • A cluster randomised trial of early intervention for COPD by practice nurse - GP teams (NHMRC Project Grant)
  • Realist synthesis of self-management interventions for disadvantaged populations with chronic conditions (funded by CIHR)
  • A systematic review of the impact of health literacy interventions on obesity outcomes among low SES populations
  • A randomised controlled trial of an internet intervention, Healthy.me, to improve asthma management
  • Evaluation of a health learner project in a disadvantaged high school
  • Qualitative evaluation of the HEAL program
  • The impact of a Rapid Equity Focused Health Impact Assessment (EFHIA) on local planning for after hours care to better meet the needs of vulnerable populations (funded by APHCRI)

Associations

  • Australian Association for Academic Primary Care
  • Society for Social Medicine (UK)
  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (UK)

Themes

Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences

International links

Canada

(University of British Columbia) Dr Sue Mills, "Realist synthesis of self-management interventions for disadvantaged populations with chronic conditions."

Selected grants

2012

  • Towards seamless cancer care: What do GPs in South Western Sydney need to facilitate better integration with cancer services?; Dennis S, Knight A, Delaney J, Girgis A, Vagholkar S, Liaw S; NSW Cancer Institute/Research Innovation Grant.

2011

  • A rapid review of telephone coaching for chronic disease(s); Dennis S, Harris M, Lloyd J; Sax Institute/Research Support.
  • The impact of a Rapid Equity Focussed Health Impact Assessment (EFHIA) on local planning for after hours care to better meet the needs of vulnerable populations; Dennis S, Harris E, Wise M, Furler J; Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI)/BLO Project.

2010

  • A cluster randomised trial of early intervention for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease by practice nurse-GP teams; Zwar N, Middleton S, Reddel H, vanSchayck C, Crockett A, Dennis S; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Kirby, S., Mutimbe, M., Vagholkar, S., Bunker, J., Dennis, S., Liaw, S. (2014). How integrated are services for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? Perceptions of patients and health care providers. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 20(2), 158-161. [More Information]
  • Pillay, M., Dennis, S., Harris, M. (2014). Quality of care measures in multimorbidity. Australian Family Physician, 43(3), 132-136.
  • Mills, S., Pumarino, J., Clark, N., Carroll, S., Dennis, S., Koehn, S., Yu, T., Davis, C., Fong, M. (2014). Understanding how self-management interventions work for disadvantaged populations living with chronic conditions: Protocol for a realist synthesis. BMJ Open, 4(7), Article number e005822-DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005822. [More Information]
  • Kirby, S., Dennis, S., Bazeley, P., Harris, M. (2013). Activating patients with chronic disease for self-management: comparison of self-managing patients with those managing by frequent readmissions to hospital. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 19(3), 198-206. [More Information]
  • Arguel, A., Lau, A., Dennis, S., Liaw, S., Coiera, E. (2013). An Internet Intervention to Improve Asthma Management: Rationale and Protocol of a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 2(2), e28. [More Information]
  • Dennis, S., Harris, M., Lloyd, J., Powell Davies, G., Faruqi, N., Zwar, N. (2013). Do people with existing chronic conditions benefit from telephone coaching? A rapid review. Australian Health Review, 37(3), 381-388. [More Information]
  • Kirby, S., Mutimbe, M., Vagholkar, S., Bunker, J., Dennis, S., Liaw, S. (2013). How integrated are services for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? Perceptions of patients and health care providers. Australian Journal of Primary Health, published online 8 March 2013, 1-4. [More Information]
  • Harris, M., Dennis, S., Pillay, M. (2013). Multimorbidity: negotiating priorities and making progress. Australian Family Physician, 42(12), 850-854.
  • Liaw, S., Rahimi, A., Ray, P., Taggart, J., Dennis, S., de Lusignan, S., Jalaludin, B., Yeo, A., Talaei-Khoei, A. (2013). Towards an ontology for data quality in integrated chronic disease management: A realist review of the literature. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 82(1), 10-24. [More Information]
  • Kirby, S., Dennis, S., Bazeley, P., Harris, M. (2013). Why older patients of lower clinical urgency choose to attend the Emergency Department. Internal Medicine Journal, 43(2), 218-219. [More Information]
  • Bunker, J., Reddel, H., Dennis, S., Middleton, S., vanSchayck, C., Crockett, A., Hasan, I., Hermiz, O., Vagholkar, S., Marks, G., et al (2012). A pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial of early intervention for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by practice nurse-general practitioner teams: Study Protocol. Implementation Science, 7(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Taggart, J., Williams, A., Dennis, S., Newall, A., Shortus, T., Zwar, N., Denney-Wilson, E., Harris, M. (2012). A systematic review of interventions in primary care to improve health literacy for chronic disease behavioral risk factors. BMC Family Practice, 13(http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2296/13/49), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Liaw, S., Chen, H., Maneze, D., Taggart, J., Dennis, S., Vagholkar, S., Bunker, J. (2012). Health reform: Is routinely collected electronic information fit for purpose? Emergency Medicine Australasia, 24(1), 57-63. [More Information]
  • Maneze, D., Dennis, S., Chen, H., Taggart, J., Vagholkar, S., Bunker, J., Liaw, S. (2012). Multidisciplinary care: experience of patients with complex needs. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 20(1), 20-26. [More Information]
  • Liaw, S., Chen, H., Maneze, D., Taggart, J., Dennis, S., Vagholkar, S., Bunker, J. (2012). The Quality of Routinely Collected Data: Using the “Principal Diagnosis�? in Emergency Department Databases as an Example. Electronic Journal of Health Informatics, 7(1: e1), 1-8.
  • Kirby, S., Dennis, S., Jayasinghe, U., Harris, M. (2012). Unplanned return visits to emergency in a regional hospital. Australian Health Review, 36(3), 336-341. [More Information]
  • Kirby, S., Dennis, S., Bazeley, P., Harris, M. (2012). What distinguishes clinicians who better support patients for chronic disease self-management? Australian Journal of Primary Health, 18(3), 220-227. [More Information]
  • Dennis, S., Williams, A., Taggart, J., Newall, A., Denney-Wilson, E., Zwar, N., Shortus, T., Harris, M. (2012). Which providers can bridge the health literacy gap in lifestyle risk factor modification education: a systematic review and narrative synthesis. BMC Family Practice, 13(44), http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2296/13/44. [More Information]
  • Kirby, S., Dennis, S., Jayasinghe, U., Harris, M. (2011). Frequent emergency attenders: is there a better way? Australian Health Review, 35(4), 462-467. [More Information]
  • Williams, A., Dennis, S., Harris, M. (2011). How effective are the linkages between self-management programmes and primary care providers, especially for disadvantaged patients? Chronic Illness, 7, 20-30. [More Information]
  • Dennis, S., Zwar, N., Marks, G. (2010). Diagnosing asthma in adults in primary care: a qualitative study of Australian GPs' experiences. Primary Care Respiratory Journal, 19(1), 52-56. [More Information]
  • Liaw, S., Lau, A., Dennis, S. (2010). Engaging the online social networking revolution. Australian Family Physician, 39(11), 1-2.
  • Yang, S., Zwar, N., Vagholkar, S., Dennis, S., Redmond, H. (2010). Factors influencing general practice follow-up attendances of patients with complex medical problems after hospitalization. Family Practice: an international journal, 27(1), 62-68. [More Information]
  • Kirby, S., Dennis, S., Jayasinghe, U., Harris, M. (2010). Patient related factors in frequent readmissions: the influence of condition, access to services and patient choice. BMC Health Services Research, 10, 216-216. [More Information]
  • Tang, G., Dennis, S., Comino, E., Zwar, N. (2009). Anxiety and depression in Chinese patients attending an Australian GP clinic. Australian Family Physician, 38(7), 552-555.
  • Harris, M., Chan, B., Dennis, S. (2009). Coordination of care for patients with chronic disease. Medical Journal of Australia, 191(2), 85-86.
  • Harris, M., Chan, B., Dennis, S. (2009). Coordination of care for patients with chronic disease (In Reply to Letter). Medical Journal of Australia, 191(8), 471-472.
  • Hermiz, O., Zwar, N., Dennis, S., Vagholkar, S., Crockett, A., Marks, G. (2009). Feasibility and efficacy of COPD case finding by practice nurses. Australian Family Physician, 38(10), 826-830.
  • Dennis, S., May, J., Perkins, D., Zwar, N., Sibbald, B., Hasan, I. (2009). What evidence is there to support skill mix changes between GPs, pharmacists and practice nurses in the care of elderly people living in the community? Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 6, 23-1-23-7. [More Information]

Report

  • Dennis, S., Harris, M., Lloyd, J., Powell Davies, G., Faruqi, N., Zwar, N. (2011). Telephone coaching models to support chronic disease management in multi-morbid and vulnerable populations: a rapid review.

2014

  • Kirby, S., Mutimbe, M., Vagholkar, S., Bunker, J., Dennis, S., Liaw, S. (2014). How integrated are services for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? Perceptions of patients and health care providers. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 20(2), 158-161. [More Information]
  • Pillay, M., Dennis, S., Harris, M. (2014). Quality of care measures in multimorbidity. Australian Family Physician, 43(3), 132-136.
  • Mills, S., Pumarino, J., Clark, N., Carroll, S., Dennis, S., Koehn, S., Yu, T., Davis, C., Fong, M. (2014). Understanding how self-management interventions work for disadvantaged populations living with chronic conditions: Protocol for a realist synthesis. BMJ Open, 4(7), Article number e005822-DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005822. [More Information]

2013

  • Kirby, S., Dennis, S., Bazeley, P., Harris, M. (2013). Activating patients with chronic disease for self-management: comparison of self-managing patients with those managing by frequent readmissions to hospital. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 19(3), 198-206. [More Information]
  • Arguel, A., Lau, A., Dennis, S., Liaw, S., Coiera, E. (2013). An Internet Intervention to Improve Asthma Management: Rationale and Protocol of a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 2(2), e28. [More Information]
  • Dennis, S., Harris, M., Lloyd, J., Powell Davies, G., Faruqi, N., Zwar, N. (2013). Do people with existing chronic conditions benefit from telephone coaching? A rapid review. Australian Health Review, 37(3), 381-388. [More Information]
  • Kirby, S., Mutimbe, M., Vagholkar, S., Bunker, J., Dennis, S., Liaw, S. (2013). How integrated are services for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? Perceptions of patients and health care providers. Australian Journal of Primary Health, published online 8 March 2013, 1-4. [More Information]
  • Harris, M., Dennis, S., Pillay, M. (2013). Multimorbidity: negotiating priorities and making progress. Australian Family Physician, 42(12), 850-854.
  • Liaw, S., Rahimi, A., Ray, P., Taggart, J., Dennis, S., de Lusignan, S., Jalaludin, B., Yeo, A., Talaei-Khoei, A. (2013). Towards an ontology for data quality in integrated chronic disease management: A realist review of the literature. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 82(1), 10-24. [More Information]
  • Kirby, S., Dennis, S., Bazeley, P., Harris, M. (2013). Why older patients of lower clinical urgency choose to attend the Emergency Department. Internal Medicine Journal, 43(2), 218-219. [More Information]

2012

  • Bunker, J., Reddel, H., Dennis, S., Middleton, S., vanSchayck, C., Crockett, A., Hasan, I., Hermiz, O., Vagholkar, S., Marks, G., et al (2012). A pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial of early intervention for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by practice nurse-general practitioner teams: Study Protocol. Implementation Science, 7(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Taggart, J., Williams, A., Dennis, S., Newall, A., Shortus, T., Zwar, N., Denney-Wilson, E., Harris, M. (2012). A systematic review of interventions in primary care to improve health literacy for chronic disease behavioral risk factors. BMC Family Practice, 13(http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2296/13/49), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Liaw, S., Chen, H., Maneze, D., Taggart, J., Dennis, S., Vagholkar, S., Bunker, J. (2012). Health reform: Is routinely collected electronic information fit for purpose? Emergency Medicine Australasia, 24(1), 57-63. [More Information]
  • Maneze, D., Dennis, S., Chen, H., Taggart, J., Vagholkar, S., Bunker, J., Liaw, S. (2012). Multidisciplinary care: experience of patients with complex needs. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 20(1), 20-26. [More Information]
  • Liaw, S., Chen, H., Maneze, D., Taggart, J., Dennis, S., Vagholkar, S., Bunker, J. (2012). The Quality of Routinely Collected Data: Using the “Principal Diagnosis�? in Emergency Department Databases as an Example. Electronic Journal of Health Informatics, 7(1: e1), 1-8.
  • Kirby, S., Dennis, S., Jayasinghe, U., Harris, M. (2012). Unplanned return visits to emergency in a regional hospital. Australian Health Review, 36(3), 336-341. [More Information]
  • Kirby, S., Dennis, S., Bazeley, P., Harris, M. (2012). What distinguishes clinicians who better support patients for chronic disease self-management? Australian Journal of Primary Health, 18(3), 220-227. [More Information]
  • Dennis, S., Williams, A., Taggart, J., Newall, A., Denney-Wilson, E., Zwar, N., Shortus, T., Harris, M. (2012). Which providers can bridge the health literacy gap in lifestyle risk factor modification education: a systematic review and narrative synthesis. BMC Family Practice, 13(44), http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2296/13/44. [More Information]

2011

  • Kirby, S., Dennis, S., Jayasinghe, U., Harris, M. (2011). Frequent emergency attenders: is there a better way? Australian Health Review, 35(4), 462-467. [More Information]
  • Williams, A., Dennis, S., Harris, M. (2011). How effective are the linkages between self-management programmes and primary care providers, especially for disadvantaged patients? Chronic Illness, 7, 20-30. [More Information]
  • Dennis, S., Harris, M., Lloyd, J., Powell Davies, G., Faruqi, N., Zwar, N. (2011). Telephone coaching models to support chronic disease management in multi-morbid and vulnerable populations: a rapid review.

2010

  • Dennis, S., Zwar, N., Marks, G. (2010). Diagnosing asthma in adults in primary care: a qualitative study of Australian GPs' experiences. Primary Care Respiratory Journal, 19(1), 52-56. [More Information]
  • Liaw, S., Lau, A., Dennis, S. (2010). Engaging the online social networking revolution. Australian Family Physician, 39(11), 1-2.
  • Yang, S., Zwar, N., Vagholkar, S., Dennis, S., Redmond, H. (2010). Factors influencing general practice follow-up attendances of patients with complex medical problems after hospitalization. Family Practice: an international journal, 27(1), 62-68. [More Information]
  • Kirby, S., Dennis, S., Jayasinghe, U., Harris, M. (2010). Patient related factors in frequent readmissions: the influence of condition, access to services and patient choice. BMC Health Services Research, 10, 216-216. [More Information]

2009

  • Tang, G., Dennis, S., Comino, E., Zwar, N. (2009). Anxiety and depression in Chinese patients attending an Australian GP clinic. Australian Family Physician, 38(7), 552-555.
  • Harris, M., Chan, B., Dennis, S. (2009). Coordination of care for patients with chronic disease. Medical Journal of Australia, 191(2), 85-86.
  • Harris, M., Chan, B., Dennis, S. (2009). Coordination of care for patients with chronic disease (In Reply to Letter). Medical Journal of Australia, 191(8), 471-472.
  • Hermiz, O., Zwar, N., Dennis, S., Vagholkar, S., Crockett, A., Marks, G. (2009). Feasibility and efficacy of COPD case finding by practice nurses. Australian Family Physician, 38(10), 826-830.
  • Dennis, S., May, J., Perkins, D., Zwar, N., Sibbald, B., Hasan, I. (2009). What evidence is there to support skill mix changes between GPs, pharmacists and practice nurses in the care of elderly people living in the community? Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 6, 23-1-23-7. [More Information]

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