Publications by authors named "Lucie Ollis"

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Stress, psychological distress and support in a health care organization during Covid-19: A cross-sectional study.

J Nurs Manag 2021 Nov 26. Epub 2021 Nov 26.

Your Healthcare CIC, Surbiton, UK.

Aim: The main aim of this study was to understand what health and wellbeing initiatives are helpful for health care workers' stress and psychological distress during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Background: Health care workers are at increased risk of poor mental health during health emergencies; understanding support required for health care workers is of paramount importance.

Methods: Participants were health care workers at a health and social care organization (N = 159). The study included an online questionnaire including an evaluation of health and wellbeing initiatives and measures of perceived stress and psychological distress.

Results: The highest rated resources were counselling, personal protective equipment (PPE) and Covid-19 testing. Those who accessed yoga reported significantly less stress and psychological distress than those who did not access yoga.

Conclusions: Health care workers with higher stress and psychological distress felt less supported by their organization, less listened to and less involved in organizational decisions.

Implications For Nursing Management: Practical implications are discussed such as forward planning for health emergencies (e.g., PPE supply), accessible Covid-19 testing as well as budgeting for counselling services and exercise classes. In addition, targeted support for those diagnosed with Covid-19 is recommended, alongside involvement of staff members in organizational decisions.
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November 2021

Experiences of transition from children's to adult's healthcare services for young people with a neurodevelopmental condition.

Health Soc Care Community 2021 09 16;29(5):1429-1438. Epub 2020 Oct 16.

Your Healthcare CIC, Surbiton, Surrey, UK.

Previous research has highlighted a lack of continuity of care when young people with a neurodevelopmental condition make the transition from children's to adult specialist healthcare services. A lack of planning, consistency, and availability of adult services has been found to lead to; increased anxiety, poor health outcomes, reduced support and some young people not receiving healthcare. The majority of transition research has focused on what health professionals consider important in the transition process, rather than focusing on the experiences of the young people and those closest to them. Our objective was to gather evidence from young people (and their families) who had experienced transition from children's to adult specialist healthcare services through semi-structured interviews. Volunteers were recruited from two London boroughs. All young people were aged between 18 and 25 years with a neurodevelopmental condition (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or an Intellectual Disability). Overall, we interviewed six young people with support from a family member. Five further family members were interviewed on behalf of the young person. In total, ten semi-structured interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Four themes emerged from the analysis: (a) Parents as advocates, (b) Availability of adult's specialist health and social care services, (c) Lack of information sharing and (d) Transition as a binary, abrupt change. Our findings suggest the transition experience could be improved by changing service specifications to incorporate assessment and handover across the age range of 16-20 years. Additionally, statutory services should understand and provide the coordination role now offered by parents in transition. We suggest future research could evaluate the feasibility of a patient-owned online information sharing tool with information about relevant services for young people and their families.
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September 2021

Use of a Biofeedback Breathing App to Augment Poststress Physiological Recovery: Randomized Pilot Study.

JMIR Form Res 2019 Jan 11;3(1):e12227. Epub 2019 Jan 11.

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, School of Psychology, University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom.

Background: The speed of physiological recovery from stress may be a marker for cardiovascular disease risk. Stress management programs that incorporate guided breathing have been shown to moderate the stress response and augment recovery.

Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the effectiveness of an app-based brief relaxation intervention (BioBase) for facilitating physiological recovery in individuals exposed to a brief psychological stressor.

Methods: A total of 75 participants (44 women) completed a stressor speech task and were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: control, rumination, or an app-based relaxation breathing (BioBase) conditions. Heart rate variability (HRV) was assessed as a measure of autonomic function at baseline (6 min), during stress (6 min), and during recovery (6 min).

Results: There was a significant increase in subjective stress following stress exposure, but the ratings returned to baseline after recovery in all three groups. In addition, there was a significant decrease in vagally mediated HRV in the poststress period. During recovery, the root mean square of successive differences (P<.001), the percentage of successive interbeat (RR) intervals that differ by >50 ms (pNN50; P<.001), and high-frequency (P<.02) HRV were significantly higher in the BioBase breathing condition than the rumination and control conditions. There was no difference in HRV values between the rumination and control conditions during recovery.

Conclusions: App-based relaxed breathing interventions could be effective in reducing cardiovascular disease risk. These results provide additional utility of biofeedback breathing in augmenting physiological recovery from psychological stress.
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January 2019

The association between C-reactive protein, Interleukin-6 and depression among older adults in the community: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Exp Gerontol 2018 02 10;102:109-132. Epub 2017 Dec 10.

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Montreal Diabetes Research Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Previous research indicates there may be an association between inflammation and depression in older adults but results are inconsistent. Therefore, the aim of this review was to determine the cross-sectional and longitudinal associations of two inflammatory markers C-reactive protein (CRP) and Interleukin-6 (IL-6) with depression in older adults. We searched five databases for cross-sectional and longitudinal studies reporting an association between CRP or IL-6 with depression among adults sampled from the community aged 50 or older. We found 32 studies (23 cross-sectional, 7 longitudinal, and 2 assessing both cross-sectional and longitudinal associations) that met eligibility criteria. These studies were entered into a random-effects meta-analysis to determine the cross-sectional association and longitudinal direction of association between both IL-6 and CRP with depression. Results indicated a cross-sectional and longitudinal association between both CRP and IL-6 with depression in older adults, with inflammation leading to depression in longitudinal studies rather than depression to inflammation. However, there was notable heterogeneity between studies as results differed based on adjusting for confounders and on how inflammation and depression were measured. These sources of heterogeneity could explain differences in study results.
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February 2018