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Area of academic expertise - outline

My research interests include infections among people who inject drugs (PWIDs) particularly skin and soft tissue infections and spore forming bacterial infections; harm reduction for PWIDs; healthcare seeking behaviours of PWIDs; legal high injecting and injecting in prisons.

 

Current research activities

I am currently involved in a number of collaborative research projects:

  • to examine PWIDs views of their skin and soft tissue infections, their healthcare seeking and harm reduction behaviours. This is a collaboration with NHS Health Protection Scotland and Liverpool John Moores University.
  • to examine the impact of a postcard alerting PWIDs to a botulism outbreak In Glasgow. This is a collaboration with NHS Health Protection Scotland.
  • to examine legal high injecting. This is a collaboration with Dundee University
  • to examine the impact of Glasgow's proposed Supervised Injection Facility and Heroin Assisted Treatment. This is a collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University, NHS GG&C and NHS Health Protection Scotland

Desired research direction

To be involved in and develop further research examining: interventions to help PWIDs avoid or deal with skin and soft tissue infections; harm reduction and injecting behaviours for PWIDs.

Target collaborative organisations

NHS

Colleagues based at other HE institutions e.g. Liverpool John Moores University, Dundee University, Glasgow Caledonian University

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Research Output

  • 10 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Poster
  • 1 Other contribution

The experiences of people who inject drugs of skin and soft tissue infections and harm reduction: a qualitative study

Dunleavy, K., Hope, V., Roy, K. & Taylor, A., 31 Mar 2019, In : International Journal of Drug Policy. 65, p. 65-72 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    27 Downloads (Pure)

    Association between harm reduction intervention uptake and skin and soft tissue infections among people who inject drugs

    Dunleavy, K., Munro, A., Roy, K., Hutchinson, S., Palmateer, N., Knox, A., Goldberg, D. & Taylor, A., 1 May 2017, In : Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 174, p. 91-97

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    116 Downloads (Pure)

    Guidelines for the public health management of tetanus, botulism or anthrax among people who use drugs

    Health Protection Scotland & Dunleavy, K., 23 Mar 2017, 68 p. Glasgow : Health Protection Scotland.

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access
  • 5 Downloads (Pure)

    Modelling the impact of incarceration and prison-based HCV treatment on HCV transmission among people who inject drugs in Scotland

    Stone, J., Martin, N. K., Hickman, M., Hutchinson, S., Aspinall, E., Taylor, A., Munro, A., Dunleavy, K., Peters, E., Bramley, P., Hayes, P. C., Goldberg, D. J. & Vickerman, P., 3 Mar 2017, In : Addiction.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 44 Citations (Scopus)

    Activities

    • 1 Participation in conference

    Ready Next Time - Outbreak of Infection in Injecting Drug Users

    Karen Dunleavy (Invited speaker)

    26 Apr 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference