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Helen Purtill

Biography

Dr. Purtill is a lecturer in Applied Statistics in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Limerick. Her research interests include latent class and clustering methodologies, population studies, observational data, randomised control trials, study and measurement design. Dr. Purtill is a founding member of the Ageing Research Centre, Health Research Centre and is the principal statistic on the Irish Rugby Injury Surveillance (IRIS) project. She also collaborates on industry projects through the Mathematics Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) and interdisciplinary projects with collaborators in the School of Allied Health, Graduate Entry Medical School, Physical Education Sport Science, Business, Engineering and Science.

Research Interests

Dr. Purtill's current research area is statistical profiling in longitudinal population studies such as Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) and The Irish LongituDinal Study of Aging (TILDA). She also has considerable research experience in the design and analysis of randomised control trials, meta-analyses, validity and reliability studies, power calculations and sample sizing for clinical and observational studies.

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests:

Teaching through research to enhance statistics and quantitative research methods courses.
Use of technology based assessment in statistics.
Knowledge transfer from quantitative methods in health science to students studying business courses.
Teaching statistical modelling through applications in health science & business.

Professional Activities

Committee

  • 2015 Organising Committee for Conference of Applied Statistics in Ireland (CASI) 2016,

Association

  • Executive Committee Member, Irish Statistical Association
  • Member, The Institute for Numerical Computation and Analysis (INCA)
  • Member, Health Research Institute

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2017

Understanding pain among older persons: Part 1-the development of novel pain profiles and their association with disability and quality of life
O'Sullivan, K,Kennedy, N,Purtill, H,Hannigan, A
(2017) Understanding pain among older persons: Part 1-the development of novel pain profiles and their association with disability and quality of life
In Age and ageing; pp. 46-51
DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afw131

2017

Minimum Wear Duration for the activPAL Professional Activity Monitor in Adolescent Females
Dowd, KP,Purtill, H,Harrington, DM,Hislop, JF,Reilly, JJ,Donnelly, AE
(2017) Minimum Wear Duration for the activPAL Professional Activity Monitor in Adolescent Females
In Pediatric Exercise Science; pp. 427-433
DOI: 10.1123/pes.2016-0188
[ULIR]

2017

Understanding pain among older persons: Part 2-the association between pain profiles and healthcare utilisation
Kennedy, N,O'Sullivan, K,Hannigan, A,Purtill, H
(2017) Understanding pain among older persons: Part 2-the association between pain profiles and healthcare utilisation
In Age and ageing; pp. 51-56
DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afw128

2017

Activity Profiles and the Associations With Weight Status in Population Studies of Young Children: Are There Gender Differences?
O'Neill, A,Dowd, K,O'Gorman, C,Hannigan, A,Walsh, C,Purtill, H
(2017) Activity Profiles and the Associations With Weight Status in Population Studies of Young Children: Are There Gender Differences?
In Pediatric Exercise Science; pp. 131-144
DOI: 10.1123/pes.2016-0082

2017

A systematic review of the reliability of diagnostic ultrasound imaging in measuring tendon size: Is the error clinically acceptable?
Mc Auliffe, S,Mc Creesh, K,Purtill, H,O'Sullivan, K
(2017) A systematic review of the reliability of diagnostic ultrasound imaging in measuring tendon size: Is the error clinically acceptable?
In Physical Therapy In Sport; pp. 52-63
DOI: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2016.12.002

2017

Biopsychosocial Factors Associated with Foot and Ankle Pain and Injury in Irish Dance
Cahalan, R,Purtill, H,O'Sullivan, K
(2017) Biopsychosocial Factors Associated with Foot and Ankle Pain and Injury in Irish Dance
In Medical Problems Of Performing Artists; pp. 111-
DOI: 10.21091/mppa.2017.2018

2017

The effect of a dynamic chair on seated energy expenditure
Synnott, A,Dankaerts, W,Seghers, J,Purtill, H,O'Sullivan, K
(2017) The effect of a dynamic chair on seated energy expenditure
In Ergonomics; pp. 1384-1392
DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2017.1324114

2017

On the Uptake of Flexible Working Arrangements and the Association with Human Resource and Organizational Performance Outcomes
Berkery, E,Morley, MJ,Tiernan, S,Purtill, H,Parry, E
(2017) On the Uptake of Flexible Working Arrangements and the Association with Human Resource and Organizational Performance Outcomes
In European Management Review; pp. 165-183
DOI: 10.1111/emre.12103

2017

Are group-based and individual physiotherapy exercise programmes equally effective for musculoskeletal conditions? A systematic review and meta-analysis
O'Keeffe, M,Hayes, A,McCreesh, K,Purtill, H,O'Sullivan, K
(2017) Are group-based and individual physiotherapy exercise programmes equally effective for musculoskeletal conditions? A systematic review and meta-analysis
In British Journal Of Sports Medicine; pp. 126-
DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2015-095410

2017

Beyond the tendon: Experiences and perceptions of people with persistent Achilles tendinopathy
Mc Auliffe, S,Synott, A,Casey, H,Mc Creesh, K,Purtill, H,O'Sullivan, K
(2017) Beyond the tendon: Experiences and perceptions of people with persistent Achilles tendinopathy
In Musculoskeletal Science And Practice; pp. 108-114
DOI: 10.1016/j.msksp.2017.03.009

2016

The association between maternal perceptions of own weight status and weight status of her child: results from a national cohort study
Dowd, KP,Kirwan, RP,Hannigan, A,Purtill, H,O'Gorman, CS
(2016) The association between maternal perceptions of own weight status and weight status of her child: results from a national cohort study
In Archives of disease in childhood; pp. 28-32
DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-308721
[ULIR]

2016

Inability to perform because of pain/injury in elite adult Irish dance: A prospective investigation of contributing factors
Cahalan, R,O'Sullivan, P,Purtill, H,Bargary, N,Bhriain, ON,O'Sullivan, K
(2016) Inability to perform because of pain/injury in elite adult Irish dance: A prospective investigation of contributing factors
In Scandinavian Journal Of Medicine & Science In Sports; pp. 694-702
DOI: 10.1111/sms.12492

2016

Comparing the effects of whole-body vibration to standard exercise in ambulatory people with Multiple Sclerosis: a randomised controlled feasibility study
Uszynski, MK,Purtill, H,Donnelly, A,Coote, S
(2016) Comparing the effects of whole-body vibration to standard exercise in ambulatory people with Multiple Sclerosis: a randomised controlled feasibility study
In Clinical rehabilitation; pp. 657-668
DOI: 10.1177/0269215515595522

2016

Can ultrasound imaging predict the development of Achilles and patellar tendinopathy? A systematic review and meta-analysis
McAuliffe, S,McCreesh, K,Culloty, F,Purtill, H,O'Sullivan, K
(2016) Can ultrasound imaging predict the development of Achilles and patellar tendinopathy? A systematic review and meta-analysis
In British journal of sports medicine; pp. 1516-
DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096288

2016

The Development of Activity Profiles in Adolescent Females and their Association with Adiposity
Dowd, K,Hannigan, A,Purtill, H,Macken, AP,Harrington, D,Kelly, SM,Moyna, N,O'Gorman, CS,Donnelly, AE
(2016) The Development of Activity Profiles in Adolescent Females and their Association with Adiposity
In Pediatric Exercise Science; pp. 109-116
DOI: 10.1123/pes.2015-0081
[ULIR]

2016

Comparative Effectiveness of Conservative Interventions for Nonspecific Chronic Spinal Pain: Physical, Behavioral/Psychologically Informed, or Combined? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
O'Keeffe, M,Purtill, H,Kennedy, N,Conneely, M,Hurley, J,O'Sullivan, P,Dankaerts, W,O'Sullivan, K
(2016) Comparative Effectiveness of Conservative Interventions for Nonspecific Chronic Spinal Pain: Physical, Behavioral/Psychologically Informed, or Combined? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
In The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society; pp. 755-774
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpain.2016.01.473
[ULIR]

2016

Cohort Study Comparing the Berg Balance Scale and the Mini-BESTest in People Who Have Multiple Sclerosis and Are Ambulatory
Ross, E,Purtill, H,Uszynski, M,Hayes, S,Casey, B,Browne, C,Coote, S
(2016) Cohort Study Comparing the Berg Balance Scale and the Mini-BESTest in People Who Have Multiple Sclerosis and Are Ambulatory
In Physical therapy; pp. 1448-1455
DOI: 10.2522/ptj.20150416

2016

Comparative effectiveness of conservative interventions for non-specific chronic spinal pain: Physical, behavioural/psychologically informed or combined? A systematic review and meta-analysis
O'Keeffe M, Purtill H, Kennedy N, Conneely M, Hurley J, O'Sullivan P, Dankaerts W, O'Sullivan K.
(2016) Comparative effectiveness of conservative interventions for non-specific chronic spinal pain: Physical, behavioural/psychologically informed or combined? A systematic review and meta-analysis
In Journal Of Pain;

2016

Inter-rater reliability of mini balance evaluation system test in ambulatory people with multiple sclerosis
Ross, E,Purtill, H,Coote, S
(2016) Inter-rater reliability of mini balance evaluation system test in ambulatory people with multiple sclerosis
In International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation; pp. 583-589
DOI: 10.12968/ijtr.2016.23.12.583

2016

Criterion Validity of the activPAL Activity Monitor for Sedentary and Physical Activity Patterns in People Who Have Rheumatoid Arthritis
Larkin, L,Nordgren, B,Purtill, H,Brand, C,Fraser, A,Kennedy, N
(2016) Criterion Validity of the activPAL Activity Monitor for Sedentary and Physical Activity Patterns in People Who Have Rheumatoid Arthritis
In Physical therapy; pp. 1093-1101
DOI: 10.2522/ptj.20150281

2015

Individualised cognitive functional therapy compared with a combined exercise and pain education class for patients with non-specific chronic low back pain: study protocol for a multicentre randomised controlled trial.
O'Keeffe, M., Purtill, H., Kennedy, N., O'Sullivan, P., Dankaerts, W., Tighe, A., Allworthy, L., Dolan, L., Bargary, N. and O'Sullivan, K.
(2015) Individualised cognitive functional therapy compared with a combined exercise and pain education class for patients with non-specific chronic low back pain: study protocol for a multicentre randomised controlled trial.
In Bmj Openbmj Open; pp. 1-10
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007156

2015

Test-retest reliability of four sensory measures in people with multiple sclerosis
Uszynski, M,Purtill, H,Coote, S
(2015) Test-retest reliability of four sensory measures in people with multiple sclerosis
In International Journal Of Rehabilitation Research; pp. 74-80
DOI: 10.1097/MRR.0000000000000098

2015

Inability to perform due to musculoskeletal pain and injury in elite adult Irish dancers: a prospective investigation of contributing factors
Cahalan, R., O'Sullivan, K., Purtill, H., Bargary, N., Ni Bhriain, O, and O'Sullivan, P.
(2015) Inability to perform due to musculoskeletal pain and injury in elite adult Irish dancers: a prospective investigation of contributing factors
In Physiotherapy; pp. 193-194
DOI: 10.1016/j.physio.2014.07.005

2015

A cross-sectional study of elite adult Irish dancers: traits, pain & injury
Cahalan, R., O'Sullivan, K., Purtill, H. and O'Sullivan, P.
(2015) A cross-sectional study of elite adult Irish dancers: traits, pain & injury
In Journal of Dance Medicine and Science; pp. 31-43

2015

Profile of energy expenditure in people with rheumatoid arthritis
Tierney, M,Fraser, A,Purtill, H,Kennedy, N
(2015) Profile of energy expenditure in people with rheumatoid arthritis
In Disability And Health Journal; pp. 514-520
DOI: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.03.008

2015

Relationship between foot vibration threshold and walking and balance functions in people with Multiple Sclerosis (PwMS)
Uszynski, M,Purtill, H,Coote, S
(2015) Relationship between foot vibration threshold and walking and balance functions in people with Multiple Sclerosis (PwMS)
In Gait & Posture; pp. 228-232
DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2014.10.010

2014

Foot and Ankle Pain and Injuries in Elite Adult Irish Dancers
Cahalan, R., Purtill, H., O'Sullivan, P., & O'Sullivan, K
(2014) Foot and Ankle Pain and Injuries in Elite Adult Irish Dancers
In Medical Problems Of Performing Artists;

2013

Study to Determine the Criterion Validity of the SenseWear Armband as a Measure of Physical Activity in People With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tierney, M,Fraser, A,Purtill, H,Kennedy, N
(2013) Study to Determine the Criterion Validity of the SenseWear Armband as a Measure of Physical Activity in People With Rheumatoid Arthritis
In Arthritis Care & Research; pp. 888-895
DOI: 10.1002/acr.21914

2009

A robust overlapping Schwarz method for a singularly perturbed semilinear reaction-diffusion problem with multiple solutions
Kopteva N., Pickett M., Purtill H.
(2009) A robust overlapping Schwarz method for a singularly perturbed semilinear reaction-diffusion problem with multiple solutions
In International Journal Of Numerical Analysis And Modeling; pp. 680-695

Other Journals

2014

The feasibility of comparing whole body vibration intervention to the same duration and dose of exercise for people with Multiple Sclerosis
Marcin Uszynski, Helen Purtill, Alan Donnelly, Susan Coote
(2014) The feasibility of comparing whole body vibration intervention to the same duration and dose of exercise for people with Multiple Sclerosis
In Physiotherapy Practice and Research;
DOI: 10.3233/PPR-140037

Conference Publications

2014

Irish Academy of Management
Berkery, E., Morley, M., Tiernan, S., Purtill, H. and Parry, E.
(2014) Irish Academy of Management

2012

RIMS 15th SIG on MOBILITY
Uszynski M., Purtill H. and Coote S
(2012) RIMS 15th SIG on MOBILITY

2006

BAIL 2006
Branley, D., Hegarty, A.F., Purtill, H., Shishkin, G.I.
(2006) BAIL 2006
G. Lube, G. Rapin(Ed.) pp. *-*

Other Publications

2016

No Associations Between Novel Cardiometabolic Biomarkers And Directly Measured Sedentary And Activity Variables In Adolescent Females
Dowd, KP,Harrington, DM,Hannigan, A,Purtill, H,Hayes, G,Kelly, SM,Macken, AP,Moyna, NM,O'Gorman, CS,Donnelly, AE
(2016) No Associations Between Novel Cardiometabolic Biomarkers And Directly Measured Sedentary And Activity Variables In Adolescent Females
In Medicine and science in sports and exercise; pp. 238-238
DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000485717.40527.fc

2015

The reliability, precision and clinically important change of vibration threshold assessment in people with multiple sclerosis
Uszynski, M,Purtill, H,Coote, S
(2015) The reliability, precision and clinically important change of vibration threshold assessment in people with multiple sclerosis
In Multiple Sclerosis Journal; pp. 527-528