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Disease Activity Flares and Pain Flares in an early rheumatoid arthritis inception cohort; characteristics, antecedants and sequelae (2019)
Presentation / Conference
McWilliams, D., Rahman, S., James, R., Ferguson, E., Kiely, P., Young, A., & Walsh, D. (2019, April). Disease Activity Flares and Pain Flares in an early rheumatoid arthritis inception cohort; characteristics, antecedants and sequelae. Poster presented at Rheumatology 2019

Background RA flares are common and disabling. They are described in terms of worsening pain, swelling, or other symptoms. We aimed to determine characteristics, antecedants and sequelae of painful and inflammatory flare subtypes during the first 11... Read More

A meta-analysis taxonomizing empathy in schizophrenia (2018)
Journal Article
Varachhia, S., Ferguson, E., & Doody, G. (2018). A meta-analysis taxonomizing empathy in schizophrenia. 00 Journal not listed, 4, doi:10.24966/PDA-0150/100016

Background: Trait empathy is integral to relationship development and maintenance. Therefore, impairment in this ability can have an adverse effect on many domains of life including social, sexual, and marital. Previous reviews show in schizophrenia,... Read More

A theory-driven qualitative study exploring issues relating to adherence to topical glaucoma medications (2018)
Journal Article
McDonald, S., Ferguson, E., Hagger, M. S., Foss, A. J. E., & King, A. J. (in press). A theory-driven qualitative study exploring issues relating to adherence to topical glaucoma medications. Patient Preference and Adherence,

Purpose: Investigating patients’ perceptions of their illness can provide important insights into the experience and management of the illness and associated treatment, and enhance understanding of variations in adherence to prescribed medication. Th... Read More

Psychosocial characteristics of blood donors influence their voluntary non-medical lapse (2018)
Journal Article
Merz, E., Ferguson, E., & van Dongen, A. (2018). Psychosocial characteristics of blood donors influence their voluntary non-medical lapse. Transfusion, 58(11), 2596-2603. doi:10.1111/trf.14891

Background: Approximately 10% of Dutch donors lapse yearly. Common reasons are non-voluntary medical issues (e.g., low Hemoglobin), reaching the upper age limit, and voluntary (e.g., own request, non-response). Little is known about predictors of vol... Read More

Costless and costly prosociality: correspondence among personality traits, economic preferences, and real world prosociality (2018)
Journal Article
Ferguson, E., Zhao, K., O'Carroll, R., & Smillie, L. (2018). Costless and costly prosociality: correspondence among personality traits, economic preferences, and real world prosociality. Social Psychological and Personality Science, doi:10.1177/1948550618765071. ISSN 1948-5506

Prosociality can either be costly (e.g., donating to charity) or costless (e.g. posthumous organ donation). Whereas links between personality and costly prosociality and have been explored, links with costless prosociality and personality are at pres... Read More

When the relatively poor prosper: the Underdog Effect on charitable donations (2018)
Journal Article
Bradley, A., Lawrence, C., & Ferguson, E. (2018). When the relatively poor prosper: the Underdog Effect on charitable donations. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, doi:10.1177/0899764018794305. ISSN 0899-7640

In fundraising, it is common for the donor to see how much a charity has received so far. What is the impact of this information on a) how much people choose to donate and b) which charity they choose to donate to? Conditional cooperation suggests th... Read More

The colorectal surgeon’s personality may influence the rectal anastomotic decision (2018)
Journal Article
Moug, S., Henderson, N., Tiernan, J., Bisset, C., Ferguson, E., Harji, D., …Fearnhead, N. (in press). The colorectal surgeon’s personality may influence the rectal anastomotic decision. Colorectal Disease, doi:10.1111/codi.14293. ISSN 1462-8910

Aim. Colorectal surgeons regularly make the decision to anastomose, defunction or form an end colostomy when performing rectal surgery. This study aimed to define personality traits of colorectal surgeons and explore any influence of such traits on t... Read More

Suicide attempts and non-suicidal self-harm: a national prevalence study of young adults (2018)
Journal Article
O’Connor, R. C., Wetherall, K., Cleare, S., Eschle, S., Drummond, J., Ferguson, E., …O'Carroll, R. E. (2018). Suicide attempts and non-suicidal self-harm: a national prevalence study of young adults. BJPsych Open, 4(1), doi:10.1192/bjo.2018.14. ISSN 2056-4724

Background: There are few prevalence studies of suicide attempts (SAs) and non-suicidal self-harm (NSSH). Aims: This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of thoughts of NSSH, suicidal thoughts, NSSH and SAs among 18-34 year olds in Scotland for t... Read More

A clinical assessment tool to improve the use of pain relieving treatments in knee osteoarthritis (2018)
Journal Article
Akin-Akinyosoye, K., Frowd, N., Marshall, L., Stocks, J., Fernandes, G., Valdes, A., …Walsh, D. (2018). A clinical assessment tool to improve the use of pain relieving treatments in knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 26(Supplement 1), S231-S232. doi:10.1016/j.joca.2018.02.483

Purpose: Approximately 1 in 4 individuals in the UK over the age of 55 experience knee pain (KP), predominantly due to osteoarthritis (OA). Following treatment targeted at the affected knee, pain relief is reported in only 60%–80% of individuals with... Read More

General and disease-specific pain trajectories as predictors of social and political outcomes in arthritis and cancer (2018)
Journal Article
James, R. . J., Walsh, D. A., & Ferguson, E. (in press). General and disease-specific pain trajectories as predictors of social and political outcomes in arthritis and cancer. BMC Medicine, 16, doi:10.1186/s12916-018-1031-9. ISSN 1741-7015

Background: While the heterogeniety of pain progression has been studied in chronic diseases, it is unclear the extent to which patterns of pain progression among people in general as well as across different diseases impacts on social, civic and po... Read More

Does observability affect prosociality? (2018)
Journal Article
Bradley, A., Lawrence, C., & Ferguson, E. (2018). Does observability affect prosociality?. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285(1875), doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.0116

The observation of behaviour is a key theoretical parameter underlying a number of models of prosociality. However, the empirical findings showing the effect of observability on prosociality are mixed. In this meta-analysis, we explore the boundary c... Read More

Central Bank interest rate decisions, household indebtedness, and psychiatric morbidity and distress: evidence from the UK (2018)
Journal Article
Boyce, C. J., Delaney, L., Ferguson, E., & Wood, A. M. (2018). Central Bank interest rate decisions, household indebtedness, and psychiatric morbidity and distress: evidence from the UK. Journal of Affective Disorders, 234, doi:10.1016/j.jad.2018.03.003. ISSN 0165-0327

Background: Central banks set economy-wide interest rates to meet exclusively economic objectives. There is a strong link between indebtedness and psychiatric morbidity at the individual level, with interest rates being an important factor determinin... Read More

Traits associated with central pain augmentation in the Knee Pain in the Community (KPIC) cohort (2018)
Journal Article
Akin-Akinyosoye, K., Frowd, N., Marshall, L., Stocks, J., Fernandes, G. S., Valdes, A. M., …Walsh, D. A. (in press). Traits associated with central pain augmentation in the Knee Pain in the Community (KPIC) cohort. PAIN, doi:10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001183

This study aimed to identify self-report correlates of central pain augmentation in individuals with knee pain. A subset of participants (n=420) in the Knee Pain and related health In the Community (KPIC) baseline survey undertook pressure pain thres... Read More

It’s only fair: blood donors are more sensitive to violations of fairness norms than non-donors: converging psychometric and ultimatum game evidence (2018)
Journal Article
Ferguson, E., & Lawrence, C. (2018). It’s only fair: blood donors are more sensitive to violations of fairness norms than non-donors: converging psychometric and ultimatum game evidence. Vox Sanguinis, 113(3), doi:10.1111/vox.12636. ISSN 0042-9007

Background and Objectives: The design of effective donor recruitment campaigns requires an accurate understanding of donor motivations. This requires cross-validation of theoretically derived, psychometrically assessed motivations with behavioural pr... Read More

Sheep farmers’ attitudes to farm inspections and the role of sanctions and rewards as motivation to reduce the prevalence of lameness (2018)
Journal Article
Liu, N. L., Kaler, J., Ferguson, E., O’Kane, H., & Green, L. E. (2018). Sheep farmers’ attitudes to farm inspections and the role of sanctions and rewards as motivation to reduce the prevalence of lameness. Animal Welfare Journal, 27(1), doi:10.7120/09627286.27.1.067

The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007 make it an offence to allow unnecessary suffering to animals, highlighting that farmers have a duty of care for their animals. Despite this, the current global mean prevalence of lameness in sh... Read More