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Catherine Darker
Adelaide Assistant Prof in Health Servic, Public Health & Primary Care

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

O'Connor, G., O'Keeffe, D.O., Darker, C., & O'Shea, B. , Patient acceptability and experiences of therapeutic switching of proton pump inhibitors within the National Preferred Drugs initiative in Ireland., Irish Journal of Medical Science, 2016 Journal Article, 2016

Darker, C., Sweeney, B., Keenan, E., Whiston, L., Anderson, R., & Barry, J. , Tailoring a brief intervention for illicit drug use and alcohol use in Irish methadone maintained opiate dependent patients: a qualitative process. , BMC Psychiatry , 16, (373), 2016 Journal Article, 2016 DOI TARA - Full Text

Barrett EM, Hussey J, Darker CD, Feasibility of a physical activity pathway for Irish primary care physiotherapy services, Physiotherapy, 2016 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text URL

Barrett EM, Hussey J, Darker CD, Location and deprivation are important influencers of physical activity in primary care populations, Public Health, 136, 2016, p80 - 86 Journal Article, 2016

Lungu, EA., Biesma R., Chirwa, M., Darker., C. , Healthcare seeking practices and barriers to accessing under-five child health services in urban slums in Malawi: a qualitative study. , BMC Health Services Research, 16, (410), 2016 Journal Article, 2016 DOI TARA - Full Text

Whiston, L., Joe M. Barry, & Darker, C.D. , Participation of patients and family members in healthcare services at the service and national levels: a lesson learned in Dublin, Ireland. , Patient Education and Counselling. , 2016 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Darker C, Sweeney B, Keenan E, Whiston L, Anderson R, Barry J, Screening and Brief Intervention for illicit drug use and alcohol use in methadone maintained opiate dependent patients: Results of a randomised control trial feasibility study, Substance Use and Misuse, 2016 Journal Article, 2016 DOI URL

Barrett EM, Darker CD, Hussey J, The sedentary profile of primary care patients, J Public Health, 2016 Journal Article, 2016 DOI TARA - Full Text

Darker, C., Ho, J., Kelly, G., Whiston, L., & Barry, J. , Demographic and clinical factors predicting retention in methadone maintenance: results from an Irish cohort. , Irish Journal of Medical Science, 185, 2016, p433 - 441 Journal Article, 2016 DOI TARA - Full Text

Darker, C.D., Donnelly-Swift, E., Whiston, L., Moore, F., & Barry, J. , Determinants of self rated health in an Irish deprived suburbabn population - a cross sectional face-to-face household survey. , BMC Public Health, 16, (767), 2016 Journal Article, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Smyth, B.P., Kelly, A., Cullen, W., Darker, C. , Treatment outcome for adolescents abusing alcohol and cannabis: how many 'reliably improve'?, Irish Medical Journal, 108, (5), 2015, p137 - 140 Journal Article, 2015

Doorley, E., Young, C., O'Rorke, C., Hollywood, B., Darker, C., O'Shea, B. , Is primary prevention of childhood obesity by education at 13-month immunisations feasible and acceptable? Results from a General Practice based pilot study., Irish Medical Journal, 108, (1), 2015, p13 - 15 Journal Article, 2015

Breen N, MacEoin S, Loy A, O'Shea B, Darker C, Insights and Concerns of Patients and GPs Regarding Introduction of Universal Health Insurance in Ireland, Irish Medical Journal, 108, (9), 2015, p281 - 282 Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Smyth, B.P., James, P., Cullen, W., & Darker, C., "So prohibition can work?" Changes in use of novel psychoactive substances among adolescents attending a drug and alcohol treatment service following a legislative ban. , International Journal of Drug Policy, 26, 2015, p887 - 889 Journal Article, 2015

Drug Use and Abuse: Psychosocial Aspects in, editor(s)James D. Wright , International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Oxford, Elsevier, 2015, pp685 - 689, [Darker, C., Whiston, L., ] Book Chapter, 2015

Darker CD, Sweeney BP, Barry JM, Farrell MF, Donnelly-Swift E, Psychosocial interventions for benzodiazepine harmful use, abuse or dependence., Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews , CD009652, (5), 2015 Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Gilroy, D., O'Brien, S., Barry, J., Ivers, J., Whiston, L., Keenan, E., & Darker, C. , Benzodiazepine use in a methadone maintained opioid dependent cohort in Ireland. , Heroin Addiction & Related Clinical Problems, , 14, (3), 2014, p101 - 110 Journal Article, 2014

Darker, C. , Hospital governance in Ireland - the dilemma of diversity. , Administration, 62, (1), 2014, p5 - 28 Journal Article, 2014

O' Shea, B., McElwee, O., Martin, D., Brennan, B., O'Leary, F., Kavanagh, K., Courtney, A., Scully, M., Ramiah, D., & Darker, C. , Are we ready to"Think Ahead" ? Results from a patient acceptability study using an innovative end of life planning tool in General Practice., Irish Medical Journal, 107, (5), 2014, p138 - 140 Journal Article, 2014

O'Toole J, Hambly R, Cox AM, O'Shea B, Darker C. , Methadone-maintained patients in primary care have higher rates of chronic disease and multimorbidity, and use health services more intensively than matched controls. , European Journal of General Practice, 20, (4), 2014, p275 - 280 Journal Article, 2014

Darker, C., Palmer, D., O'Reilly, G., Whiston, L., & Smyth, B. , Young people in drug treatment: their views on substance use - aetiology, trajectory, parents' role in drug use and coping skills., Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 2014, p10.1017/ipm.2014.77 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text

Agnew,James W. J.W., Taaffe,M. M., Darker,Catherine D. C.D., O'shea,Brendan J. B.J., Clarke,Johannah K. J.K., Delayed prescribing of antibiotics for respiratory tract infections: Use of information leaflets, Irish Medical Journal, 106, (8), 2013 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text

DP French, CD Darker, FF Eves, & FF Sniehotta., The systematic development of a brief intervention to increase walking in the general public using an "extended" Theory of Planned Behavior. , Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 10, (7), 2013, p940 - 948 Journal Article, 2013 URL

A. Ní Shúilleabháin, J. Barry, A. Kelly, F. O'Kelly, C. Darker & T. O'Dowd, Alcohol consumption in pregnancy: results from the general practice setting, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 2013, p0 - 10 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

O'Shea, B. Darker, C., & O'Kelly, F. , Chronic disease management in patients attending Irish General Practice Training Practices. , Irish Medical Journal, 106, (7), 2013, p207 - 209 Journal Article, 2013

Catherine D Darker, Jo-Hanna H Ivers, Anne O'Farrell, Rosaleen Dolan, Nazih Eldin and Shane PA Allwright., A qualitative study of the perceived impact of a community mobilisation intervention to reduce alcohol consumption among amateur sportsmen, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 30, (1), 2013, p57 - 66 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Apantaku-Olajide T, Darker CD, Smyth BP, Onset of Cocaine Use: Associated Alcohol Intoxication and Psychosocial Characteristics Among Adolescents in Substance Abuse Treatment., Journal of addiction medicine, 2013 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Darker C, Martin C, O'Dowd T, O'Kelly F, O'Shea B., Chronic disease management in general practice: results from a national study., Irish Medical Journal, 105, (4), 2012, p102 - 105 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text URL

Emer M Barrett, Catherine D Darker, Juliette Hussey, Promotion of physical activity in primary care: knowledge and practice of general practitoners and physiotherapists, Journal of Public Health, 21, 2012, p63 - 69 Journal Article, 2012 DOI URL

C. Darker, B. Sweeney, H. El Hassan, A. Kelly, S. O' Connor, B. Smyth & J. Barry, Non-attendance at counselling therapy in cocaine-using methadone-maintained patients: lessons learnt from an abandoned randomised controlled trial, Irish Journal of Medical Sciences, 181, (1), 2012 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text DOI

Ducray D, Darker C, Smyth BP, Situational and psycho-social factors associated with relapse following detoxification in a population of Irish opioid dependent patients. , Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine , 29, (2), 2012, p72 - 79 Journal Article, 2012 URL

P. Redmond, C. Darker, M. McDonnell & B. O'Shea, Establishing a general practitioner led minor injury service: mixed methods evaluation at 10 months with an emphasis on use of radiology by GPs in the out-of- hours setting, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 2012 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

C. Darker, B. Sweeney, H. El Hassan, A. Kelly, B. Smyth and J. Barry., Cognitive behavioural coping skills therapy in cocaine using methadone maintained patients: a pilot randomised controlled trial, Heroin Addiction & Related Clinical Problems, 14, (3), 2012, p101-110 Journal Article, 2012

White A, O'Brien B, Houlihan T, Darker C, O'Shea B., Childhood obesity: parents fail to recognise, general practitioners fail to act., Irish Medical Journal, 105, (1), 2012, p7 - 10 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Darker CD, Sweeney BP, Barry JM, Farrell MF., Psychosocial interventions for benzodiazepine harmful use, abuse or dependence (Protocol) , Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2, (CD009652), 2012 Journal Article, 2012 URL URL

Darker, C., Sweeney, B., El Hassan, H., Smyth, B., Ivers, J., & Barry, J, Brief interventions are effective in reducing alcohol consumption in opiate dependent methadone maintained patients: results from an implementation study. , Drug & Alcohol Review, 2012 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text DOI

Floyd, S., O'Shea, B. & Darker, C. , General practitioners experience in dietary counseling: poor access to deictic services., Irish Medical Journal, 104, (2), 2011 Journal Article, 2011

Duffy, S., Darker, C., O'Shea, B., Conlon, T., & Hollywood, B. , New Developments in Service Delivery. Are GP led Sexual Health Clinics Acceptable and Satisfactory for Patients Attending?" , Irish Medical Journal, 104, (3), 2011, p71 - 73 Journal Article, 2011

Ryan J, Snow A, Darker C, Torreggiani W, Comparison of clinical outcomes from chest X-rays of smokers and non-smokers in a general practice population., 2010 Journal Article, 2010

Bobby P Smyth, Catherine D Darker, Erica Donnelly-Swift, Joe Barry, Shane PA Allwright, A telephone survey of parental attitudes and behaviours regarding teenage drinking, BMC Public Health, 10, 2010, p297 Journal Article, 2010 TARA - Full Text DOI URL

McMahon, D., Darker, C., O'Shea, B., & Taaffe., The prescribing of contraception and emergency contraception to girls aged less than 16 - what are the views and beliefs of GPs and of parents? , Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland, 16, (2), 2010, p91 - 96 Journal Article, 2010

Barry JM, Darker CD, Thomas DE, Allwright SP, O'Dowd T., Primary medical care in Irish prisons, BMC Health Services Research, 22, (10), 2010, p74- Journal Article, 2010

Joe Barry, Catherine D Darker, David E Thomas, Shane PA Allwright, Tom O'Dowd, Primary medical care in Irish prisons, BMC Health Services Research, 10, 2010, p74- Journal Article, 2010 DOI TARA - Full Text URL

Catherine D. Darker, David P. French, Frank F. Eves, & Falko F. Sniehotta, An intervention to promote walking amongst the general population based on an 'extended' theory of planned behaviour: A waiting list randomised controlled trial , Psychology & Health, 25, (1), 2010, p71 - 88 Journal Article, 2010 TARA - Full Text

Catherine D. Darker & David P. French, What sense do people make of a theory of planned behaviour questionnaire?: a think-aloud study., Journal of Health Psychology, 14, (7), 2009, p861 - 871 Journal Article, 2009 URL

Catherine D. Darker, Michael Larkin, & David P. French, An exploration of walking behaviour--an interpretative phenomenological approach., Social Science & Medicine, 65, (10), 2007, p2172 - 2183 Journal Article, 2007 URL

Catherine D. Darker., David, D. French, Stuart Longdon, Katie Morris, Frank F. Eves, Are beliefs elicited biased by question order? A theory of planned behaviour belief elicitation study about walking in the UK general population., British Journal of Health Psychology, 12, 2007, p93 - 110 Journal Article, 2007 URL

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Darker C, Whiston L, O'Shea B, Chronic Disease Management in Ireland: Perspectives from patients and clinical stakeholders- implications and recommendations for the Irish healthcare system, Dublin, Adelaide Health Foundation, 2015 Report, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Darker CD, Whiston L, Long J, Donnelly-Swift E & Barry J, Health assets and needs assessment (HANA) in Tallaght, 2014, Dublin, 2015 Report, 2015 TARA - Full Text URL

Darker CD, Casey E, Seraukina T, Whiston L, & O'Shea B, The patients' perspective - a survey of chronic disease management in Ireland, Dublin, 2015 Report, 2015 URL TARA - Full Text

Darker CD, Whiston L, Jordan S, Doogue R, Collins C, Ryan K & O'Shea, A national survey of chronic disease management by practice nurses in Ireland, Dublin, 2014 Report, 2014 TARA - Full Text

Darker CD, Bergin C, Walsh G, & O'Shea B, A national survey of chronic disease management by Irish hospital based consultants, Dublin, 2014 Report, 2014 TARA - Full Text

Darker CD, Integrated healthcare in Ireland - a critical analysis and a way forward. , Dublin, 2013 Report, 2013 TARA - Full Text

Darker C, Martin CM, O'Dowd TC, O'Kelly F, O'Kelly M, O'Shea B, A national survey of chronic disease management in Irish general practice, Dublin, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, TCD, June, 2011, 1, 71 Report, 2011

Research Expertise

Keywords

Addiction research - alcohol; Addiction research - cocaine; Addiction research - opiates; Behavioural change interventions; Health psychology; Health status and inequalities; Population based intervention trials; Primary care; Public health

Recognition

Representations

Healthy Ireland (Council Member)

Irish Platform for Patient's Organisations, Science and Industry (Board Member)

National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol (subcommittee member of Treatment, Rehabilitation and Consequences, plus Research Advisory Group, DoH)

Expert Committee on Health Inequalities, Irish Cancer Society

TASC Group on Health Inequalities

Awards and Honours

Dean's Award for innovation in Teaching 2016 May 2016

Memberships

Psychological Society of Ireland (Registered Member)

British Psychological Society (Graduate Member)

European Health Psychology Society (Full Member)