Caroline Stretton

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Senior Lecturer

Email: caroline.stretton@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9141-7180

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Academic appointments:

  • Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology (2018 - ongoing)
  • Senior Research Officer, Auckland University of Technology (2019 - 2017)
  • Senior Lecturer in Neurological Physiotherapy, Auckland University of Technology (2009 - 2011)
  • Senior Lecturer in Neurological Physiotherapy, Auckland University of Technology AUT (2001 - 2004)

Qualifications:

  • PhD, Auckland University of Technology
  • Masters in Public Health, University of Auckland
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Health Science, Auckland University of Technology AUT
  • Diploma in Physiotherapy, Otago Polytechnic

Overview:

Dr. Caroline Stretton is a senior lecturer in the School of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Studies and Programme Leader of the Case Management programme. Caroline's background is neurological physiotherapy and rehabilitation. In 2018 Caroline completed her PhD in 'Walking for wellbeing after stroke'. A Laura Fergusson Trust PhD Scholarship enabled Caroline to complete her Phd research. Caroline is also a member of the Centre for Person Centred Research (PCR) which is part of the School of Clinical Sciences. Before completing her PhD, Caroline worked as a senior lecturer teaching in physiotherapy. She has worked clinically in rehabilitation and older person's health. Her passion is to make a meaningful difference for people with long-term conditions by developing innovative rehabilitation interventions.

Research interests:

• Rehabilitation
• Neurological physiotherapy
• Physical activity including real-world walking
• Health coaching and behaviour change
• Mixed methods, realist research methods
• Intervention development

Her research projects are:
• Walking for wellbeing after stroke
• Health coaching for people with long term conditions
• Case management and inter-professional practice

Teaching summary:

• Long Term Conditions - HEAL606
• Health Coaching - HEAL723
• Special Topics - HEAL706 and HEAL707

Fields of research:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Rehabilitation and Therapy (Excl. Physiotherapy)
  • Public Health and Health Services

Professional activities:

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

  • Scholarship Trust Award, Physiotherapy New Zealand (PNZ) (2014)
  • Laura Fergusson Trust PhD Scholarhip, Laura Fergusson Trust (2012 - 2016)

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

  • Stretton, C. M., Mudge, S., Kayes, N. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2020). What does real-world walking mean to people with stroke? An interpretive descriptive study. Disability and Rehabilitation. doi:10.1080/09638288.2020.1767704

  • Stretton, C. (2018). Walking for wellbeing after stroke: Building a treatment theory to improve real-world walking. (Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10292/11649

Journal articles

  • Stretton, C. M., Mudge, S., Kayes, N. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2020). What does real-world walking mean to people with stroke? An interpretive descriptive study. Disability and Rehabilitation. doi:10.1080/09638288.2020.1767704

  • Stretton, C. M., Mudge, S., Kayes, N. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2017). Interventions to improve real-world walking after stroke: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Rehabilitation, 31(3). doi:10.1177/0269215516640863

  • Stretton, C. M., Mudge, S., McPherson, K. M., & Kayes, N. M. (2014). Can we improve real world walking after stroke? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95(10). Retrieved from http://www.archives-pmr.org/article/S0003-9993(14)00517-6/pdf

  • Mudge, S., Stretton, C., & Kayes, N. M. (2014). Are physiotherapists comfortable with person-centred practice? An autoethnographical insight. Disability and Rehabilitation, 36(6). doi:10.3109/09638288.2013.797515

  • Stretton, C., Mudge, S., Kayes, N. M., Taylor, D., & McPherson, K. M. (2013). Activity coaching to improve walking is liked by rehabilitation patients but physiotherapists have concerns: A qualitative study. Journal of Physiotherapy, 59(3). doi:10.1016/S1836-9553(13)70184-X

  • Taylor, D., Stretton, C. M., Mudge, S., & Garrett, N. (2006). Does clinic-measured gait speed differ from gait speed measured in the community in people with stroke?. Clinical Rehabilitation, 20(5).

  • Taylor, D., Stretton, C., Mudge, S., & Garrett, N. (2007). Clinical performance of walking and 'real world' walking in people with stroke: Are they the same? [Abstract]. Disability & Rehabilitation, 29(20-21).

  • Stretton, C. M., Latham, N. K., Carter, K. N., & Anderson, C. S. (2006). Determinants of physical health in frail older people: the importance of self efficacy. Clinical Rehabilitation, 20(4).

  • Ngan Hing, L., & Stretton, C. M. (2006). Does rehabilitation improve gait and quality of life for chronic stroke survivors?. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 34(3).

  • Latham, N. K., Bennett, D. A., Stretton, C. M., & Anderson, C. S. (2004). Systematic Review of Progressive Resistance Strength Training in Older Adults. Journals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 59(1), 48-61. doi:10.1093/gerona/59.1.m48

  • Taylor, D., & Stretton, C. (2004). The Otago Exercise Programme: An evidence-based approach to falls prevention for older adults living in the community. New Zealand Family Physician, 31.

  • Taylor, D., & Stretton, C. (2004). Physiotherapists needed in delivery of the Otago exercise programme. New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists Newsletter, March.

  • Stretton, C., Taylor, D., & Ngawati, M. (2004). The Otago exercise programme: Putting it into practice. [Abstract]. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 32.

  • Latham, N., Lee, A., Bennett, D., Stretton, C., & Anderson, C. (2002). Randomised clinical trial of home-based resistance training to improve physical health in frail elderly. [Abstract]. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 30(2).

  • Latham, N. K., Stretton, C., & Ronald, M. (2001). Progressive resistance training in hospitalised older people: A preliminary investigation. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 29(2).

  • Stretton, C., Latham, N., Lee, A., & Anderson, C. (2000). Measuring physical function in frail older adults: Self reports vs. physical performance measures. [abstract]. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 28(2).

  • Latham, N., Stretton, C., Lee, A., & Anderson, C. (2000). The frailty intervention trial in elderly subjects (fitness): Experience with the first 100 participants. [abstract]. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 28(2).

  • Latham, N. K., Anderson, C. S., Bennet, D., & Stretton, C. (2000). Progressive resistance strength training for physical disability in older people (Cochrane review). In: The Cochrane Library, (4, Oxford: Update Software).

Conference contributions

  • Stretton, C. M., Mudge, S., Kayes, N. M., & McPherson, K. (2014). Developing an intervention to improve real world walking after stroke: A realist review. In Mixed Methods International Research Association Conference 2014. Boston, MA.

  • Stretton, C., Mudge, S., Kayes, N. M., Taylor, D., & McPherson, K. M. (2013). ‘Activity Coaching’ to improve walking for people with neurological conditions: A mixed methods study. In New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference: Connecting, Living, Rebuilding. Nelson.

  • Mudge, S., Stretton, C., & Kayes, N. M. (2013). Are physiotherapists comfortable with person-centred practice? An autoethnographic insight. In New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference: Connecting, Living, Rebuilding. Nelson.

  • Stretton, C. M., Mudge, S., Kayes, N., Taylor, D., & McPherson, K. (2012). Activity-Coaching for improving usual walking in people with neurological conditions. In Expanding Horisons: Physiotherapy New Zealand Conference Vol. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 40(2), 93-93 (pp. 54). Welington.

  • Stretton, C., Mudge, S., Kayes, N. M., & McPherson, K. M. (2011). ‘Activity Coaching’ to improve walking for people with neurological disability. In 8th Conference of the Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the World Federation of NeuroRehabilitation (WFNR). Rotorua.

  • Taylor, D., Mudge, S., Stretton, C. M., & Garrett, N. (2005). The utility of a clinic based 10-metre walk test as a predictor of community walking speed [Abstract]. .

  • **Taylor, D., & Stretton, C. (2004). The Otago exercise programme: Putting it into practice. [Workshop]. In New Zealand Association of Gerontology Conference. Christchurch.

  • Stretton, C., & Mudge, S. (2002). Single system design: Theoretical and practical considerations.. In Above the Belt Conference. .

  • Latham, N., Stretton, C., Anderson, C., & Carter, K. (2002). Assessment of strategies to increase retention and adherence in a clinical trial involving the frail elderly.. In International Clinical Trails Symposium. .

  • Latham, N., Bennett, D., Stretton, C., & Anderson, C. (2002). Adverse event reporting in a systematic review of resistance training exercise.. In 4th Symposium on Systematic Reviews. .

  • Bennett, D., Latham, N., Stretton, C., & Anderson, C. (2002). Identification of relevant studies for a systemic review and assessment of sensitivity to publication bias. In 4th Symposium on Systematic Reviews. .

  • Stretton, C., Latham, N. K., Lee, A., Moseley, A., Cameron, I., & Anderson, C. (2001). Measuring physical function in frail older people: Self-report vs physical performance measures. In 17th Congress of the International Association of Geronotology. Vancouver.

  • Stretton, C., Latham, N. K., Lee, A., & Anderson, C. (2001). Assessing physical disability in older adults, relating motor performance to health related quality of life. In Innovations in Rehabilitation Conference. Melbourne.

  • Latham, N. K., Lee, A., Stretton, C., Moseley, A., Cameron, I., & Anderson, C. (2001). A randomized trial of home-based strength training on physical health in frail elderly patients. In 17th Congress of the International Association of Geronotology. Vancouver.

  • Stretton, C., Latham, N., Lee, A., & Anderson, C. (2000). Measuring physical function in frail older adults: self-report versus physical performance measures. In New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists Biennial Conference. Wellington.

  • Latham, N., Stretton, C., Lee, A., & Anderson, C. (2000). The frailty intervention trial in elderly subjects (FITNESS): experience with the first 100 participants. In New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists Biennial Conference. Wellington.

Theses

  • Stretton, C. (2018). Walking for wellbeing after stroke: Building a treatment theory to improve real-world walking. (Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10292/11649

Oral presentations

  • Stretton, C. M. (2014). Interventions to improve walking; what works and how might they work?. Boston University, MA, USA.

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