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Heather Skirton
Plymouth University
222Publications
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#1Leigh Jackson (University of Exeter)H-Index: 13
#2Anita O’Connor (Plymouth University)H-Index: 9
Last.Martina C. CornelH-Index: 31
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This Article was originally published under Nature Research’s License to Publish, but has now been made available under a [CC BY 4.0] license. The PDF and HTML versions of the Article have been modified accordingly.
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#1Jane Peters (Plymouth University)H-Index: 1
#2Heather Skirton (Plymouth University)H-Index: 30
Last.Maria ClarkH-Index: 3
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Infant mental health (IMH) is a growing area of practice for health, education and social care practitioners, as links are increasingly made between experiences in the early years and subsequent ch...
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#1Josephine Claire Rance (Plymouth University)H-Index: 1
#2Heather Skirton (Plymouth University)H-Index: 30
Sickle cell disease is one of the most prevalent genetic diseases in the world. Improvements in care have enabled those affected to experience an improved quality of life, with many affected persons now reaching reproductive age. However, pregnancy poses significant risks for women with the disease and this may affect their reproductive decisions. We conducted an integrative review of the published relevant scientific evidence to ascertain the factors that may influence these women with their re...
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#2Heather Skirton (PSU: Plymouth State University)H-Index: 30
Last.Jon J. Jonsson (University of Iceland)H-Index: 20
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A comprehensive pedigree, usually provided by the counselee and verified by medical records, is essential for risk assessment in cancer genetic counseling. Collecting the relevant information is time-consuming and sometimes impossible. We studied the use of electronically ascertained pedigrees (EGP). The study group comprised women (n = 1352) receiving HBOC genetic counseling between December 2006 and December 2016 at Landspitali in Iceland. EGP’s were ascertained using information from the popu...
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#1Leigh Jackson (PSU: Plymouth State University)H-Index: 13
#2Anita O’Connor (PSU: Plymouth State University)H-Index: 9
Last.Martina C. Cornel (PHRI: Public Health Research Institute)H-Index: 7
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Genetic advances mean patients at risk of genetic conditions can be helped through testing, clinical screening, and preventive treatment, but they must first be identified to benefit. Ensuring quality of genetic care for patients requires genetic expertise in all health services, including primary care. To address an educational shortfall, a series of e-learning resources was developed in six languages to equip primary care professionals with genetic skills relevant for practice. The purpose of ...
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#1Lea Godino (UNIBO: University of Bologna)H-Index: 6
#2Daniela Turchetti (UNIBO: University of Bologna)H-Index: 18
Last.Heather Skirton (PSU: Plymouth State University)H-Index: 30
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Presymptomatic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes should involve a considered choice. This may be particularly challenging when testing is undertaken in early adulthood. With the aim of exploring the psychosocial implications of presymptomatic testing for hereditary cancer in young adults and their parents, a cross-sectional survey was designed. Two questionnaires were developed (one for young adults who had considered presymptomatic testing, one for parents). Questionnaires were completed ...
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#1Emma Tonkin (UNSW: University of New South Wales)H-Index: 10
#2Heather Skirton (PSU: Plymouth State University)H-Index: 30
Last.Maggie Kirk (UNSW: University of New South Wales)H-Index: 12
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Abstract This paper details a competency framework to help address the need for structured guidance around genetic and genomic education and training for midwives. A one-day expert panel consensus meeting was convened to review and revise a previously published joint framework for nurses, midwives and health visitors. Fifteen midwives from practice, management, education and policy and three genetic counsellors (two with midwifery backgrounds) attended. An in-depth knowledge of genetics/genomics...
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#1Pascal Borry (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)H-Index: 34
#2Heidi Beate Bentzen (University of Oslo)H-Index: 4
Last.Heike Felzmann (National University of Ireland, Galway)H-Index: 8
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Rapid advances in microarray and sequencing technologies are making genotyping and genome sequencing more affordable and readily available. There is an expectation that genomic sequencing technologies improve personalized diagnosis and personalized drug therapy. Concurrently, provision of direct-to-consumer genetic testing by commercial providers has enabled individuals’ direct access to their genomic data. The expanded availability of genomic data is perceived as influencing the relationship be...
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#1Susanne Peeler (Wellington Management Company)H-Index: 2
#2Jacqui Stedmon (PSU: Plymouth State University)H-Index: 7
Last.Heather Skirton (PSU: Plymouth State University)H-Index: 30
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Abstract the mental health of new mothers is a public health concern as it is likely to have an impact on the mother herself, her close relationships and the behavioural and emotional health of her children. Post-traumatic stress disorder affects some women after childbirth. Objective the aim of this study was to explore how women were affected by the memories of a birth that they perceived as traumatic. Design in this paper the authors report the qualitative analysis of interview data from seve...
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