I'm currently leading a rapid realist review project, looking at poststroke rehabilitation for young adults. The study is informed by the results of Young Adults Rehabilitation experiences and Needs following stroke – a Scoping study (YARNS) project (see below). The project aims to develop initial programme theories of post-stroke rehabilitation for young adults regarding what works (on not), for whom, why and in what circumstances by further analysis of the literature and consulting with the stakeholder group.
Clarissa, C, Chandler, C, Doi, L. Hennessy, E, Putri, A. A rapid realist review of poststroke rehabilitation for young adults: what works, for whom, why and in what circumstances? PROSPERO 2022 CRD42022307809 Available from: https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?ID=CRD42022307809
I was a Research Fellow for the Young Adults Rehabilitation experiences and Needs following Stroke (YARNS) project within the Department of Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh, working closely with Dr Colin Chandler, Professor Aisha Holloway and research partners across the UK. The project aims to scope the range of experiences of young adult stroke survivors (18-40 years) .
My roles included identifying and collating the existing narratives from online resources and social media, conducting a scoping review of the existing literature and mapping the rehabilitation resources available for such individuals in the UK.
I was also coordinating YARNS Advisory Group. This group consists of volunteers that have experienced a stroke as young people or be carers/families of them. The role of the Group is to advise on the development of the YARNS project and to act as a ‘critical friend’ by providing representation and feedback on all aspects of the study.
Holloway, A, Chandler, C, Aviles Reinoso, L, Clarissa, C, Putri, A, Choi, H, Pan, J.-F, Mitra, U, Hewitt, J, Cluckie, G, Smart, A, Noble, H, Harris, R, Reid, J, Kelly, DM (2021). Young Adults Rehabilitation Needs and Experiences following Stroke (YARNS): A review of digital accounts to inform the development of age-appropriate support and rehabilitation. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 78(3), pp. 869-882. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.15076
A constructivist grounded theory of staff experiences relating to early mobilisation of mechanically ventilated patients in intensive care
My PhD research focuses on the experiences of multidisciplinary staff involved in early mobilisation of mechanically ventilated patients. Employing qualitative inquiry with constructivist grounded theory methodology, I developed a middle-range theory grounded from my study data.
ICN Congress 2021, 2-4 November 2021.
Paper 1: Current research suggests a lack of Age-appropriate resource for young strokes, Symposium 3., RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2021, 7 September 2021.
Paper 3: Patient experience and roles within YARNS, the PPI group input. Symposium 3., RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2021, 7 September 2021.
The 6th Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Annual Postgraduate Research Student Virtual Scholarly event, organised by the European Sigma European Membership Involvement Committee.: “Transforming the Impact of Nursing on Global Healthcare” following in the footsteps of Nightingale on 18 November 2020.
The 35th Annual BACCN Virtual Conference 2020 on the 14 September 2020.
Watch a short video of me presenting my PhD research
I presented my research at the 2020 Virtual Doctoral Student Forum. This forum is in conjunction with the U21 HSG Annual Meeting on Tuesday 25th August 2020. The video of all doctoral student presentations is available at this link. Watch my presentation at 14:05
Below is a video of me presenting my research in less than four minutes.
Early mobilisation in mechanically ventilated patients
As part of my PhD studies, I conducted a systematic integrative review aiming to summarise current evidence on early mobilisation of mechanically ventilated patients, including its definitions and activity types in the literature. Both qualitative and quantitative studies were included in the review and I analysed the data using a thematic analysis approach.
Clarissa, C, Salisbury, L, Rodgers, S, Kean, S (2022) A constructivist grounded theory of staff experiences relating to early mobilisation of mechanically ventilated patients in intensive care, Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 9, pp. 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1177/23333936221074990
Clarissa C, Salisbury L, Rodgers S, Kean S. (2019) Early mobilisation in mechanically ventilated patients: a systematic integrative review of definitions and activities. Journal of Intensive Care, 7 (1) :3, pp. 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40560-018-0355-z
Clarissa C, Salisbury L, Rodgers S, Kean S. (2016) Early mobilisation in mechanically ventilated patients: an integrative literature review. PROSPERO 2016 CRD42016039753. Available from: https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?ID=CRD42016039753
I am currently working on publication of my PhD studies and the results of YARNS project. I am also collaborating with a colleague in Australia in writing one manuscript about grounded theory research methods.
‘Young Adults Rehabilitation Experiences and Needs Following Stroke (YARNS): A Scoping Review’ (with Young Adults Rehabilitation experiences and Needs following Stroke (YARNS) Team). Target journal: PLOS ONE.
Manuscripts under preparation
‘Challenges and barriers to recruiting mechanically ventilated patients: lessons from an early mobilisation study’ (with Sheila Rodgers – University of Edinburgh, Susanne Kean – University of Edinburgh and Lisa Salisbury – Queen Margaret University). Target journal: Journal of Advanced Nursing.
‘Study Recruitment and Data Collection in Hospital-based Research: Experiences and Lessons Learned from PhD Grounded Theory Studies’ (with Unyime Jasper University of Adelaide). Target journal: Research Methods in Medicine & Health Sciences.