Dr Marie Falahee BSc PhD CPsychol

Marie Falahee

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Lecturer in Behavioural Rheumatology

Contact details

Address
Rheumatology Research Group
Institute of Inflammation and Ageing (IIA)
University of Birmingham
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Birmingham B15 2WB
United Knigdom

Patient perceptions are key predictors of clinical outcomes and health behaviours, and a central focus of Dr Falahee’s research is on understanding the perspectives of individuals with, or at risk of musculoskeletal disorders and the development of psychological and/or educational interventions to improve clinical outcomes or enhance shared decision making.

There is an increasing research interest in the development of predictive biomarkers and preventive strategies for rheumatoid arthritis, and Dr Falahee has a particular interest in the measurement of patient preferences in this context, in order to facilitate the efficient translation of this work and to inform the design of future clinical services that are effective and acceptable to patients and other stakeholders. She is also involved in the development of international evidence-based recommendations on the methodologies used to integrate patient preferences into decision making throughout the lifecycle of medical products as a partner in the European Union Innovative Medicines Initiative funded consortium PREFER.

Dr Falahee is passionate about patient and public involvement in research and as academic coordinator of the Birmingham Rheumatology Research Patient Partnership (R2P2): she facilitates patient involvement across the Rheumatology Research Group, ensuring that our research is informed by patients’ needs, experiences and expectations and is sharply focussed on public benefit.

Qualifications

 Lecturer in Behavioural Rheumatology:

  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society 2017
  • PhD School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, 1997
  • BSc (Hons) Class 1. School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, 1992

Biography

2017 - Lecturer, Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham

2014- Post-doctoral Researcher, Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham

2000 - Career Break

1997 - Lecturer in Psychology, Aston University

1995 - Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham

1992 - PhD School of Psychology, University of Birmingham

1989 - BSc University of Birmingham

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Falahee supervises doctoral students in areas related to her research interests and welcomes enquiries from self-funded PhD students with a background in behavioural / social science or medicine who have an interest in behavioural rheumatology. Dr Falahee is currently co-supervising an Arthritis Research UK funded PhD student (Imogen Wells) examining stakeholder perspectives on preventive approaches to rheumatoid arthritis

Research

Dr Falahee is interested in the application of behavioural science to improve outcomes for those affected by musculoskeletal disorders. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Developing programmes to facilitate the implementation of preventive treatments for individuals at risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis
  • Enhancing understanding of patient decision making about treatments or investigation strategies for inflammatory arthritis
  • Enhancing understanding of outcomes that are relevant to patients with inflammatory arthritis
  • Developing approaches to reduce delays in access to care/treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Other activities

  • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society
  • Allied Health Professional Member of the British Society for Rheumatology
  • Member of the United Kingdom Society for Behavioural Medicine
  • Member of the EULAR Study Group for Risk Factors for RA
  • Member of the EULAR PARE Study Group for Collaborative Research

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Simons, G, Ismail, N, Sandhu, K, Mallen, CD, Stack, R, Pontefract, S, Raza, K & Falahee, M 2022, '"The potential role of community pharmacy staff in reducing patient delay in consulting with symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis: a qualitative study"', BMC Rheumatology.

Grauman, Å, Viberg-Johansson, J, Falahee, M & Veldwijk, J 2022, 'Public perceptions of myocardial infarction: do illness perceptions predict preferences for health check results', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 26, 101683. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2021.101683

Singhal, J, Wells, I, Simons, G, Wöhlke, S, Raza, K & Falahee, M 2022, 'Public perceptions of predictive testing for rheumatoid arthritis compared to breast cancer and early-onset alzheimer’s disease: a qualitative study', BMC Rheumatology, vol. 6, 14. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41927-021-00244-w

Simons, G, Caplan, J, DiSantostefano, R, Veldwijk, J, Englbrecht, M, Karin, SB, Kihlbom, U, Raza, K & Falahee, M 2022, 'Systematic review of quantitative preference studies of treatments for rheumatoid arthritis among patients and at risk populations', Arthritis Research & Therapy, vol. 24, 55. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13075-021-02707-4

Zemedikun, D, Chandan, J, Raindi, D, Dhirajlal Rajgor, A, Gokhale, K, Thomas, T, Falahee, M, De Pablo, P, Lord, J, Raza, K & Nirantharakumar, K 2021, 'Burden of chronic diseases associated with periodontal diseases: a retrospective cohort study using UK primary care data', BMJ open, vol. 11, no. 12, e048296. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-048296

Bywall, K, Veldwijk, J, Hansson, M, baecklund, E, Raza, K, Falahee, M & Kihlbom, U 2021, 'Does being exposed to an educational tool influence patient preferences? The influence of an educational tool on patient preferences assessed by a discrete choice experiment.', Patient Education and Counseling. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2021.03.013

Mirza, M, Siebert, S, Pratt, AG, Insch, E, McIntosh, F, Paton, J, Wright, C, Buckley, C, Isaacs, J, McInnes, IB, Raza, K & Falahee, M 2021, 'Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on recruitment to clinical research studies in rheumatology', Musculoskeletal care. https://doi.org/10.1002/msc.1561

Siddle, HJ, Chapman, L, Mankia, K, Zăbălan, C, Kouloumas, M, Raza, K, Falahee, M, Kerry, J, Kerschbaumer, A, Aletaha, D, Emery, P & Richards, S 2021, 'Perceptions and experiences of individuals at-risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) knowing about their risk of developing RA and being offered preventive treatment: systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative studies', Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. https://doi.org/10.1136/annrheumdis-2021-221160

Wells, I, Zemedikun, D, Simons, G, Stack, R, Mallen, CD, Raza, K & Falahee, M 2021, 'Predictors of interest in predictive testing for rheumatoid arthritis among first degree relatives of rheumatoid arthritis patients', Rheumatology. https://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/keab890

Russo, S, Monzani, D, Pinto, CA, Vergani, L, Marton, G, Falahee, M, Simons, G, Whichiello, C, Kihlbom, U & Pravettoni, G 2021, 'Taking into account patient preferences: a consensus study on the assessment of psychological dimensions within patient preference studies', Patient preference and adherence, vol. 2021, no. 15, pp. 1331-1345. https://doi.org/10.2147/PPA.S261615

Falahee, M, Simons, G, DiSantostefano, R, valor-mendez, L, Radawski, C, Englbrecht, M, Bywall, K, Tcherny-Lessenot, S, Kihlbom, U, Hauber, B, Veldwijk, J & Raza, K 2021, 'Treatment preferences for preventive interventions for rheumatoid arthritis: protocol of a mixed methods case study for the innovative medicines initiative PREFER project', BMJ open, vol. 11, no. 4, e045851. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-045851

Zemedikun, DT, Gokhale, K, Chandan, JS, Copper, J, Lord, JM, Filer, A, Falahee, M, Nirantharakumar, K & Raza, K 2021, 'Type 2 diabetes mellitus, glycaemic control, associated therapies and risk of rheumatoid arthritis: a retrospective cohort study', Rheumatology (Oxford, England). https://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/keab148

Editorial

Simons, G & Falahee, M 2022, 'Fear of the unknown: can we help individuals with a systemic autoimmune rheumatic disease deal with uncertainty?', The Journal of Rheumatology, vol. 49, no. 6, 220502. https://doi.org/10.3899/jrheum.220502

Falahee, M & Raza, K 2021, 'Rheumatoid arthritis prevention: any takers?', RMD Open, vol. 7, no. 1, e001633. https://doi.org/10.1136/rmdopen-2021-001633

Review article

Falahee, M & Raza, K 2022, 'Perspectives of at-risk individuals on preventive intervention for rheumatoid arthritis: a mini review', Frontiers in immunology, vol. 13, 883287, pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2022.883287

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