Dr Marie Polley

Senior Lecturer

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Dr Marie Polley has a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and PhD in molecular carcinogenesis. She is also a Reiki teacher and practitioner. Whilst a Research Fellow at Breast Cancer Haven

and Lecturer at the University of Westminster, Dr Polley has conducted qualitative content analysis into the patient's perception of the benefits of complementary therapies in cancer support care and recently (2007) completed a review of patient data in the Polyclinic.

The use of complementary therapies as adjuncts to biomedical care for people with cancer; the use of patient reported outcome measures; the construction of wellbeing in people with chronic illnesses and the molecular biology of cancer.

Current Research / Ongoing Projects

July 2008 - ongoing: Evaluation of the collection and use of patient data for the Polyclinic over the next 5 years. TQEF £7500, Principal Investigator

October 2008 - December 2008(approx). A qualitative secondary analysis of how black and minority ethnic patients( BME) construct recovery: RDF £1701, Associative Investigator.

April 2008 - August 2008: Patient narratives of complementary therapy use in two health conditions using the DIPEx qualitative database RDF £5000, Associate Investigator,

November 2007 - March 2008: Investigation in to the effect of acupuncture of appetite modulation, pilot study RDF £5000, Associate Investigator.

Research Groups / Key Appointments

Member of the following professional organizations

  • International Society for Complemenary Medicine Research (ISCMR) from July 2006
  • Alternative and Complementary Health Research Network (ACHRN) from July 2004

2017

Evaluation of the Reading Well Books on Prescription Shelf Help scheme for young people (2017)
Polley, M.J. and Kovandzic, M. 2017. Evaluation of the Reading Well Books on Prescription Shelf Help scheme for young people.
Making Sense of Social Prescribing (2017)
Polley, M.J., Fleming, J., Anfilogoff, T. and Carpenter, A. 2017. Making Sense of Social Prescribing. London University of Westminster.
A review of the evidence assessing impact of social prescribing on healthcare demand and cost implications (2017)
Polley, M.J. and Pilkington, K. 2017. A review of the evidence assessing impact of social prescribing on healthcare demand and cost implications. University of Westminster.

2013

Service Evaluation of 'Living Well with the Impact of Cancer' Courses (2013)
Polley, M.J., Jackson, S., Seers, H., Boxell, E. and Jolliffe, R. 2013. Service Evaluation of 'Living Well with the Impact of Cancer' Courses. Penny Brohn Cancer Care.

2017

Integrative Whole Person Oncology Care in the UK (2017)
Zollman, C., Walther, A., Seers, H., Jolliffe, R. and Polley, M.J. 2017. Integrative Whole Person Oncology Care in the UK. Monograph in Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Searching for real-world effectiveness versus efficacy of healthcare innovations: the case of social prescribing for diabetes (2017)
Polley, M.J., Loef, M. and Pilkington, K. 2017. Searching for real-world effectiveness versus efficacy of healthcare innovations: the case of social prescribing for diabetes. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 19 (2), p. e20.

2016

Using a whole person approach to support people with cancer: a longitudinal, mixed methods service evaluation (2016)
Polley, M.J., Jolliffe, R., Boxell, E., Zollman, C., Jackson, S. and Seers, H. 2016. Using a whole person approach to support people with cancer: a longitudinal, mixed methods service evaluation. Integrative Cancer Therapies. 15 (4), pp. 435-445.

2015

Barriers to working with people affected by cancer: Preliminary qualitative data from a mixed methods exploration of practitioner perspectives in nutritional therapy (2015)
Granger, C.A., Pilkington, K., Draper, A. and Polley, M.J. 2015. Barriers to working with people affected by cancer: Preliminary qualitative data from a mixed methods exploration of practitioner perspectives in nutritional therapy. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 7 (6), p. 681.
The Responsiveness, Content Validity, and Convergent Validity of the Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing (MYCaW) Patient-Reported Outcome Measure (2015)
Jolliffe, R., Seers, H., Jackson, S., Caro, E., Weeks, L. and Polley, M.J. 2015. The Responsiveness, Content Validity, and Convergent Validity of the Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing (MYCaW) Patient-Reported Outcome Measure. Integrative Cancer Therapies. 14 (1), pp. 26-34.

2014

Working with people affected by cancer – Phase 1 of a mixed methods exploration of practitioner perspectives in nutritional therapy (2014)
Granger, C.A., Pilkington, K., Draper, A. and Polley, M.J. 2014. Working with people affected by cancer – Phase 1 of a mixed methods exploration of practitioner perspectives in nutritional therapy. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 6 (5), pp. 613-614.

2013

Understanding the professional characteristics, needs and experience of nutritional therapy practitioners working with cancer patients (2013)
Granger, C.A., Polley, M.J., Pilkington, K. and Draper, A. 2013. Understanding the professional characteristics, needs and experience of nutritional therapy practitioners working with cancer patients. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 5 (6), p. 579.
Psychometric properties of the QuickPIPER: a shortened version of the PIPER Fatigue scale (2013)
Cuesta-Vargas, A.I., Férnandez-Lao, C., Cantarero-Villanueva, I., Castro-Sánchez, A.M., Fernández-de-Las Peñas, C., Polley, M.J. and Arroyo-Morales, M. 2013. Psychometric properties of the QuickPIPER: a shortened version of the PIPER Fatigue scale. European Journal of Cancer Care. 22 (2), pp. 245-252.
Patient outcomes and experiences of an acupuncture and self-care service for persistent low back pain in the NHS: a mixed methods approach (2013)
Cheshire, A., Polley, M.J., Peters, D. and Ridge, Damien T. 2013. Patient outcomes and experiences of an acupuncture and self-care service for persistent low back pain in the NHS: a mixed methods approach. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 13 (1), p. 300.

2012

Patient experience of acupuncture provision in a GP practice (2012)
Fixler, M., Ogden, C., Moir, F. and Polley, M.J. 2012. Patient experience of acupuncture provision in a GP practice. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 18 (3), pp. 140-144.

2011

The application of Reiki in nurses diagnosed with Burnout Syndrome has beneficial effects on concentration of salivary IgA and blood pressure (2011)
Díaz-Rodríguez, L., Arroyo-Morales, M., Cantarero-Villanueva, I., Férnandez-Lao, C., Polley, M.J. and Cesar Fernández-de-las-Peñas, P. 2011. The application of Reiki in nurses diagnosed with Burnout Syndrome has beneficial effects on concentration of salivary IgA and blood pressure. Revista latino-americana de enfermagem. 19 (5), pp. 1132-1138.
Is it feasible and effective to provide osteopathy and acupuncture for patients with musculoskeletal problems in a GP setting? A service evaluation (2011)
Cheshire, A., Polley, M.J., Peters, D. and Ridge, Damien T. 2011. Is it feasible and effective to provide osteopathy and acupuncture for patients with musculoskeletal problems in a GP setting? A service evaluation. BMC Family Practice. 12 (49), p. 1.

2010

Effect of auricular acupuncture on appetite: a pilot study (2010)
Bradford, A., Tuffrey, V. and Polley, M.J. 2010. Effect of auricular acupuncture on appetite: a pilot study. Medical Acupuncture. 22 (3), pp. 181-186.

2009

Individualised and complex experiences of integrative cancer support care: combining qualitative and quantitative data (2009)
Seers, H.E., Gale, N., Paterson, C., Cooke, H.J., Tuffrey, V. and Polley, M.J. 2009. Individualised and complex experiences of integrative cancer support care: combining qualitative and quantitative data. Supportive Care in Cancer. 17 (9), pp. 1159-1167.
Mind and body management strategies for chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis (2009)
Shariff, F., Carter, J., Dow, C., Polley, M.J., Salinas, M. and Ridge, Damien T. 2009. Mind and body management strategies for chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis. Qualitative Health Research. 19 (8), pp. 1037-1049.
Mind and body management strategies for chronic pain & rheumatoid arthritis: strategies in search of wellbeing (2009)
Shariff, F., Carter, J., Dow, C., Polley, M.J., Salinas, M. and Ridge, Damien T. 2009. Mind and body management strategies for chronic pain & rheumatoid arthritis: strategies in search of wellbeing. Qualitative Health Research. 19 (8), pp. 1037-1049.

2007

How to summarise and report written qualitative data from patients: a method for use in cancer support care (2007)
Polley, M.J., Seers, H.E., Cooke, H.J., Hoffman, C. and Paterson, C. 2007. How to summarise and report written qualitative data from patients: a method for use in cancer support care. Supportive Care in Cancer. 15 (8), pp. 963-971.

2006

The benefit of individualised programmes of complementary therapies for breast cancer patients at Breast Cancer Haven (2006)
Polley, M.J., Hoffman, C., Brydon, N., Cox, C. and Deveraux, F. 2006. The benefit of individualised programmes of complementary therapies for breast cancer patients at Breast Cancer Haven. European Journal of Cancer Supplements. 4 (2), p. 89.

2017

Development of a two day wellbeing course for supporters of teenagers and young adults (TYA) with cancer (2017)
Jolliffe, R., Cargill, J., Polley, M.J., French, H., Hardman, F., Seers, H. and Baker, L. 2017. Development of a two day wellbeing course for supporters of teenagers and young adults (TYA) with cancer. TYAC BRIGHTLIGHT Conference. Leeds, UK 06 to end of 07 Jul 2017

2016

Working with people affected by cancer –mixed methods exploration of practitioner perspectives in nutritional therapy (2016)
Granger, C.A., Pilkington, K., Draper, A. and Polley, M.J. 2016. Working with people affected by cancer –mixed methods exploration of practitioner perspectives in nutritional therapy. Society for Integrative Oncology 13th International Conference. Miami, Florida, USA 05 to end of 07 Nov 2016

2009

Mind and body strategies for chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis: strategies in search of wellbeing (2009)
Ridge, Damien T., Shariff, F., Carter, J., Dow, C., Polley, M.J. and Salinas, M. 2009. Mind and body strategies for chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis: strategies in search of wellbeing. Medical Sociology Group 41st Annual Conference 2009. University of Manchester 03 - 05 Sep 2009 pp. 99

2006

The development of criteria to analyse qualitative data from Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing (MYCaW) questionnaire (2006)
Polley, M.J. and Seers, H.E. 2006. The development of criteria to analyse qualitative data from Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing (MYCaW) questionnaire. Diversity and Debate in Alternative and Complementary Medicine: an Academic and Experiential Conference for Researchers and Practitioners. Nottingham, UK 05-07 Jul 2006
Using the Patient Activation Measure to evaluate a self-management course for people with cancer. ()
Polley, M.J., Zollman, C., Seers, H. and Jolliffe, R. Using the Patient Activation Measure to evaluate a self-management course for people with cancer.

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