Mrs Rachel Dennett
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Mrs Rachel Dennett

Research Fellow (Research Therapist)

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)

Biography

Biography

As a researcher and clinical physiotherapist my area of interest is supporting physical activity in people with neurological conditions, specifically multiple sclerosis. In my current working life I work three days a week as a research fellow on the PEER CONNECT study https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/primarycare/peer-coaching and one day a week on the VeRMiS study https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/vermis. In addition I work clinically one day a week at the South West Multiple Sclerosis Centre in Exeter providing individual physiotherapy and group exercise sessions for people with multiple sclerosis. I am close to submitting my PhD thesis, titled Supporting Adherence to Physical Activity in People with Multiple Sclerosis for examination.


Qualifications

2016- 2021 working towards PhD by prior published works in health professions. Planned submission September 2021. 

1998 BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. University of Wales College of Medicine

Professional membership

Health and Care Professions Council

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN) 

Therapists in Multiple Sclerosis (TiMS) 


Roles on external bodies

Member of the international MoXFo (moving exercise research forward in MS) initiative trial design group

Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

I have experience of planning for, and teaching on, the Undergraduate Physiotherapy Programme at University of Plymouth which has included; 

  • tutorials; multiple sclerosis module; stroke module; evidence based practice
  • supervision of final year students during data collection for their research project
  • visiting students on clinical placement. 
  • VNG assessment as part of a Masters module teaching session on vestibular system assessment.

Publications

Publications

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Jones RB, Hubble S, Taylor L, Gunn H, Logan A, Rowland T, Bradwell H, Connolly LJ, Algie K & Anil K (2021) 'Authors’ Response to Peer Reviews of “Technologies to Support Assessment of Movement During Video Consultations: Exploratory Study”' JMIRx Med 2, (3) e32248-e32248 , DOI
Connolly L, Taul-Marsden L, Dennett R, Freeman J, Dalgas U & Hvid L (2021) 'Is aerobic or resistance training the most effective exercise modality for improving lower extremity physical function and perceived fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis? A systematic review and meta-analysis' Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , DOI Open access
Taul-Madsen L, Connolly L, Dennett R, Freeman J, Dalgas U & Hvid L (2021) 'Is aerobic or resistance training the most effective exercise modality for improving lower extremity physical function and perceived fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis? A systematic review and meta-analysis' Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , DOI Open access
Marsden J, Pavlou M, Dennett R, Gibbon A, Knight-Lozano R, Jeu L, Flavell C, Freeman J, Bamiou DE & Harris C (2020) 'Vestibular rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial and cost-effectiveness analysis comparing customised with booklet based vestibular rehabilitation for vestibulopathy and a 12 month observational cohort study of the symptom reduction and recurrence rate following treatment for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo' BMC Neurology 20, (1) , DOI Open access
Dennett R, Hendrie W, Jarrett L, Creanor S, Barton A, Hawton A & Freeman JA (2020) '“I’m in a very good frame of mind”: a qualitative exploration of the experience of standing frame use in people with progressive multiple sclerosis' BMJ Open 10, (10) e037680-e037680 , DOI Open access
Dennett R, Madsen LT, Connolly L, Hosking J, Dalgas U & Freeman J (2020) 'Adherence and drop-out in randomized controlled trials of exercise interventions in people with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review and meta-analyses' Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders 43, 102169-102169 , DOI Open access
Freeman J, Hendrie W, Jarrett L, Hawton A, Barton A, Dennett R, Jones B, Zajicek J & Creanor S (2019) 'Assessment of a home-based standing frame programme in people with progressive multiple sclerosis (SUMS): a pragmatic, multi-centre, randomised, controlled trial and cost-effectiveness analysis' The Lancet Neurology 18, (8) 736-747 , DOI Open access
Dennett R, Coulter E, Paul L & Freeman J (2019) 'A qualitative exploration of the participants’ experience of a web-based physiotherapy program for people with multiple sclerosis: Does it impact on the ability to increase and sustain engagement in physical activity?' Disability and Rehabilitation , DOI Open access
Dennett R, Gunn H & Freeman J (2018) 'Effectiveness of and user experience with web-based interventions in increasing physical activity levels in people with Multiple Sclerosis: A systematic review' Physical Therapy 98, (8) , DOI Open access
Dennett R, Coulter E, Paul L & Freeman J (2016) 'Effectiveness and user experience of web-based interventions for increasing physical activity in people with multiple sclerosis' JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports 14, (11) 50-62 , DOI Open access
Allison R, Shelling L, Dennett R, Ayers T, Evans PH & Campbell JL (2011) 'The effectiveness of various models of primary care-based follow-up after stroke: a systematic review' Primary Health Care Research & Development 12, (03) 214-222 , DOI
Allison R & Dennett R (2007) 'Pilot randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of additional supported standing practice on functional ability post stroke' Clinical Rehabilitation 21, (7) 614-619 , DOI
Conference Papers
Dennett R, Gunn H & Freeman JA (2018) 'Effectiveness of and User Experience With Web-Based Interventions in Increasing Physical Activity Levels in People With Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review' Oxford University Press (OUP) 679-690 , DOI Open access
Posters
Dennett R, Coulter E, Paul L & Freeman J Dennett R, Coulter E, Paul L & Freeman J 'Participants' Experience of a Web-based Physiotherapy Programme for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS): Does it impact physical activity levels?' Author Site Open access