ROMY ELIZABETH PARKER

Employment:                         Associate Professor and Director Pain Management Unit

                                              Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, UCT

Registration:                          Health Professions Council of SA - Physiotherapist (PT0045977)

                                              SA Society of Physiotherapy (PAR184)

NRF Rating:                           C3 (2016)

Qualifications:

1990     BSc(Phys) (UCT)

1991     BSc(Med)(Hons)Ex.Sci(Phys) (UCT)

2004     MSc(Pain) (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh)         

2013     PhD(Psychiatry) (UCT)

             (Pain in HIV/AIDS: characteristics, contributing factors and the effects of a six-week peer-led exercise and education intervention)

2014     PGDip in Health Professional Education (with distinction) (UCT)

Biographical Sketch

Romy Parker is an Associate Professor and Director of the Pain Management Unit in the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Cape Town. She is an active researcher having published over 15 papers since completing her PhD in 2013. She has successfully supervised 19 masters students and co-supervising one PhD candidate to graduation between 2008 and 2016. At present, she is supervising 8 masters students and co-supervising several others as well as co-supervising 1 PhD candidate. Associate Professor Parker is the course convenor of the Postgraduate Diploma in Interdisciplinary Pain Management. She is an experienced clinician working in chronic pain management as part of the Chronic Pain Management interdisciplinary team of Groote Schuur Hospital. Her research all focusses on the area of pain with emphasis on developing and testing treatments relevant to a South African context.

Publications:

  1. Parker, Jelsma, Stein – Translation of the CTQ-Xhosa (in preparation)
  2. Limakatso, Parker and Madden – in preparation
  3. Parker, Wadley and Madden – in preparation
  4. Reypert, G; Parker, R; Shung King The CFS/ME Conundrum: Health Professionals’ Attitudes Matter (in preparation)
  5. Parker, R; Wagner, T; Higgins, Z; Mlombile, Z; Mohr, M. The effects of warm water immersion on blood pressure, heart rate and heart rate variability in people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Quasi-Experimental study (in preparation)
  6. Plenge, U., Nortje, M., Marais, L., Jordaan K., Parker, R., van der Westhuizen, N., van der Merwe, J., Torborg, A.,Ryan, P., Farina, Z., Smith, R., Cairns, C., Shanahan, H., Sombili, S., Mazibuko, A., Porill, O., Hobbs, H., Siebritz, R., Timothy, N., Davies, G., Pretorius, T., Solomon, C.,Marais, J., Daniels, W., van der Westhuizen, C., Blake, C., Troskie, A., Rowe, P., van der Walt, J., Isaacs, R., Munting, T., Gray, L.A., Steinhaus, H., Theron, A., Biccard, B.M. “Optimising perioperative care for hip and knee arthroplasty surgery in South Africa: a Delphi consensus study” (in preparation)
  7. Barnes, R; Jelsma, J; Parker, R; "Musculoskeletal conditions within adult middle-aged women, attending a community clinic in a rural area in South Africa: A cross sectional survey." Disability and Rehabilitation (submitted 2017)
  8. Barnes, R; Jelsma, J; Parker, R; Improvements in Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) and Function in middle aged women with chronic diseases of lifestyle after participating in a non-pharmacological intervention programme: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. (in preparation 2017)
  9. Galloway, K; Parker, R: Is it possible to suspect Spinal Tuberculosis earlier at Primary Health Care level in a TB endemic country? South African Medical Journal (Submitted October 2017)
  10. Parker, R; Bergman, E; Mntambo, A; Stubbs, S; Wills, M. (2017) ‘Levels of physical activity in people with chronic pain’, South African Journal of Physiotherapy 73(1), a323. https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp. v73i1.323
  11. Parker, R., Jelsma, J. Stein, D.J. (2017) Pain in amaXhosa women living with HIV/AIDS: a cross-sectional study of ambulant outpatients BMC Women’s Health DOI: 10.1186/s12905-017-0388-9
  12. Limakatso, K; Corten, L; Parker, R (2016) The effects of Graded Motor Imagery and its components on phantom limb pain and disability in upper and lower limb amputees: A systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews 5: 145 DOI 10.1186/s13643-016-0322-5
  13. Van Nugteren, J, Parker, R., Madden, V. (2016) Understanding persistent postoperative pain in South Africa SAJAA Vol 4. Guest editorial
  14. Kruger-Jakins, T., Saw, M., Edries, N., Parker, R. (2016) The development of an intervention to manage pain in people with late-stage osteoarthritis South African Journal of Physiotherapy 72(1), a311. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v72i1.311
  15. Saw, M; Kruger-Jakins, T., Edries, N., Parker, R. (2016) Significant improvements in pain after a six-week physiotherapist-led exercise and education intervention, in patients with osteoarthritis awaiting arthroplasty, in South Africa: a randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Diseases May 27;17(1):236. doi: 10.1186/s12891-016-1088-6. (IF1.684)
  16. Parker, R., Jelsma, J., Stein, D.J. (2016) The effect of a six-week peer-led exercise and education intervention on pain in women living with HIV/AIDS: a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease September 204(9):665-672 doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000506 (IF1.836; Ranking Psychiatry 51/120)
  17. Parker, R., Jelsma, J., Stein, D.J. (2016) Pain in amaXhosa women living with HIV/AIDS: Translation and validation of the Brief Pain Inventory-Xhosa. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 51(1):126-132 (IF 2.649; Ranking Medicine and General 28/151)
  18. Madden, V.J., Harvie, D.S., Stanton, T.R., Parker, R., Vlaeyen J.W.S., Moseley, G.L. (2015) Can pain or hyperalgesia be a Can pain or hyperalgesia be a classically conditioned response in humans? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain Medicine 0: 1–18  doi: 10.1093/pm/pnv044 (IF2.324; Ranking Medicine and General 37/1554)
  19. Hasenbring, M. I., Lundberg, M., Parker, R., Soderlund, A., Bolton, B., Smeets, R. J. Ljutov, A. Simmonds, M. J. (2014)  Pain, Mind, and Movement in Musculoskeletal Pain: Is Physical Activity Always Health-promoting or are There Detrimental Aspects? Clin J Pain. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000101 (IF2.712; Ranking Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine 17/49 )
  20. Parker, R., Madden, V. (2014) Ultrasound versus sham ultrasound for experimentally induced Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness: a double-blind controlled trial SA Journal of Sports Medicine 26(4):99-103. DOI:10.7196/sajsm.535
  21. Parker R. Jelsma, J. Stein, D.J. (2014) Response to comment on ‘‘Pain in people living with HIV/AIDS: a systematic review Journal of the International AIDS Society 17:19234 (IF 6.256; Ranking Virology 5/33)
  22. Parker, R. Jelsma, J. Stein, D.J. (2014) Pain in HIV/AIDS: A systematic review. Journal of the International AIDS Society 17:18719 http://www.jiasociety.org/index.php/jias/article/view/18719 | http://dx.doi.org/10.7448/IAS.17.1.18719 (IF 6.256; Ranking Virology 5/33)
  23. Parker, R. Stein, D.J. Jelsma, J. (2014) The development of an intervention to manage pain in HIV/AIDS. South African Journal of Physiotherapy 70(1)
  24. Lang, P. Parker, R. Burgess, T. (2013) Cervico-mandibular muscle activity in females with chronic cervical pain. South African Journal of Physiotherapy, 69(3):1-6
  25. Clenzos, N. Naidoo, N. Parker, R. (2013) Physiotherapists’ knowledge of pain: A cross-sectional correlational study of members of the South African Sports and Orthopaedic Manipulative Special Interest Groups. SA Journal of Sports Medicine, 25(4):95-100
  26. Parker, R Physiotherapy rehabilitation for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. (2013) SA Rheumatology Journal, August/September
  27. Van Nugeteren, J. Louw, K. Parker, R. (2013) Approach to Management of Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain. SA Rheumatology Journal, June/July
  28. Parker, R. & Jelsma, J. 2010. The prevalence and functional impact of musculoskeletal conditions amongst clients of a primary health care facility in an under-resourced area of Cape Town. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 11, 2.
  29. Parker, R. Burgess S., Dubaniewicz A., Gouws L., Krone, J., Madden V., Nortje C., Parsons C. Patient Satisfaction with a Pilot Chronic Pain Management Programme in Cape Town, South Africa. South African Journal of Physiotherapy, 2009 65(1):1-6
  30. Parker, R. Gush, S. Vale, M. Birchall, L. Joffe, J. Ross, N. Pain Knowledge and Attitudes in Final Year Health Science Students at the University of Cape Town. Journal of Pain SA 2009 4(2):5-9
  31. Parker, R. Pain in HIV/AIDS. HIVAIDS and Mental Health 2008 (3)
  32. Parker, R., Physiotherapy Students' Assessment of Psychosocial Yellow Flags in Low Back Pain. South African Journal of Physiotherapy, 2007. 63(1):3-8

Active reviewer for:

  • African Journal of Disability
  • South African Journal of Physiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy Research International
  • European Journal of Physiotherapy
  • International Sport Med Journal
  • JAIDS
  • BMC Health Services Research

Associate Editor

  • South African Journal of Physiotherapy

 

Supervision Experience:

Undergraduate Research projects:

2017     “Changing nurses' knowledge and attitudes about pain: A quasi-experimental study to evaluate the effects of the Essential Pain Management Program at Groote Schuur Hospital”

2016     “The effects of warm water immersion on blood pressure, heart rate and heart rate variability in people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”

2015     “Physical activity levels in patients referred to the Chronic Pain Management Clinic at GSH”

2014     “Long term outcomes of participating in a Chronic Pain Management Program at GSH”

2013     “Pain assessment in acute care settings”

2012      “The effects of vibration massage on pain and ROM in paediatric burns”

2010     “The profile of patients at the GSH Chronic Pain Management Clinic”

2009     “LBP in school age rowers in South Africa”

2008     “The effectiveness of US on DOMS”

             “An Audit of the Chronic Pain Management Course at GSH”

             “LBP in school age rowers in the Western Cape”

2006     “Pain Knowledge and Assessment ability in final year health science students at UCT”

             “The identification of “yellow flags” in low back pain by 3rd and 4th year physiotherapy students at UCT”

Masters Supervision:

  1. Co-supervisor with A.Prof J Jelsma of Debbie Yates “An Investigation into the Impact on Low Back Pain of an Educational Pamphlet designed According to Lifestyle and Need”. Graduated June 2008

Supervisor of dissertations for MPhil(Sports Physiotherapy)

  1. Richard Feher “Epidemiology of injuries in the 2006 Berg River Canoe Marathon” Graduated June 2009
  1. Wendy Viviers “The relationship between the paddle grip:handgrip size ration and the incidence of lateral epicondylitis and wrist tenosynovitis in canoeists during the 2006 Isuzu Berg River Canoe Marathon” Graduated June 2009
  1. Robyn John “An investigation to determine if there is a relationship between lumbar mobility and hamstring flexibility in canoeists with lower back pain” Graduated June 2011
  1. David Milner “Physiotherapy student knowledge of concussion” Graduated December 2012
  1. Kathryn Thomas “Factors that predict South African rugby coaches’ knowledge of the prevention, identification and management of concussion” Graduated with a Distinction December 2011
  1. Nadia Clenzos “Sports physiotherapists’ knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of pain” Graduated December 2012
  1. Ugendrie Govender “South African physiotherapists’ knowledge of the prevention, diagnosis and management of concussion” Graduated December 2013
  1. Alice Rawlinson “A cross sectional study to determine whether there are central nervous system changes in rugby players who have sustained recurrent ankle injuries” (Graduating June 2017)
  1. Rashaad Jakoet “A cross sectional study to determine whether there are central nervous system changes in professional soccer players who have sustained recurrent ankle injuries” Graduated June 2016
  1. Inneke Scorgie “The epidemiology of injuries in competitive swimming adolescents  attending a Johannesburg swim squadron” Graduated June 2016
  1. *Damian Swartz “Changes in levels of physical activity in people with chronic pain after participating in a chronic pain management program at GSH” Data analysis
  1. *Diana Kgokong “Beliefs and barriers to physical activity in physiotherapy  students” Data analysis
  1. *Jessica Rabbitte “Psychosocial factors, pain and recovery in runners” Data analysis

MSc(Physiotherapy)

  1. Megan Dutton “The effect of scapulothoracic rehabilitation on shoulder pain in competitive swimmers” Graduated December 2012
  1. Trish Lang “Cervico-mandibular muscle activity in females with Chronic Cervical Pain: a descriptive, cross-sectional, correlational study” Graduated December 2012
  1. Ruth Siebrits “Predictors of Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients with Midshaft Femoral Fractures” Graduated June 2013
  1. Melissa Saw “The effects of a six-week physiotherapist led exercise and education intervention on pain in people awaiting arthroplasty at Tygerberg hospital, Western Cape” Graduated with distinction June 2015
  1. Tina Kruger-Jakins “The effects of a six-week physiotherapist led exercise and education intervention on pain in people awaiting arthroplasty at Helen Joseph hospital, Gauteng” Graduated with distinction June 2015
  1. *Cameron Reardon “A Biopsychosocial Approach to Pain Management in Rural, amaZulu Males Living with HIV/AIDS” (under examination)
  1. Kirsty Jackson “The effects of a six-week peer-led exercise and education intervention on pain in people living with HIV/AIDS living in the OR Tambo District, Eastern Cape” Graduated with Distinction June 2017
  1. *Sarah Bunge “The effects of a biopsychosocial approach in the treatment of pain in people living with HIV/AIDS in the Riversdale area in the Western Cape” (Finalising thesis)
  1. *Sara Warren “The effects of a pre-operative six-week physiotherapist-led exercise and education intervention on pain and function in people undergoing TKA for OA” (data analysis)
  1. *Katleho Limakatso The effectiveness of Graded Motor Imagery on phantom limb pain and function in upper and lower limb amputees: A Quasi-experimental study (data analysis)

Supervisor of MMed(Anaesthetics)

  1. *Agnes Mobalo “The use of tramadol in primary health care facilities in the western cape: A cross- sectional descriptive study”

Co-supervisor of MMed(Anaesthetics)

  1. Mariesa Nock “Paediatric management of CRPS1: a case series” Graduated 2017
  2. *Agyah Prempeh “A pilot audit of pain assessment practice in 2 surgical wards at Groote Schuur Hospital”

Co-supervisor of MSc(Physiology) at Wits

  1. Dershnee Devan “Comparison of a peer-led exercise and education intervention with a caring therapeutic relationship in reducing pain and improving quality of life in individuals suffering from HIV-related pain” Graduated December 2016

Co-supervisor MPH

  1. Garth Reypert “The CFS Conundrum: A systematic review on Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs of Healthcare Professionals to guide curriculum development” Graduated June 2016

PhD Supervision:

Co-supervisor on the following:

  1. Roline Barnes “An investigation into the prevalence and nature of musculoskeletal conditions amongst women attending Primary Health Care Clinics, and the effectiveness of an intervention program for these patients.” Graduated December 2016
  1. *Candice Hendricks “An investigation into the prevalence and nature of musculoskeletal conditions amongst women attending Primary Health Care Clinics in the Cape Town metropole, and the effectiveness of an intervention program for these patients.” Writing up
  1. *Ulla Plenge “Developing a perioperative care plan for total knee arthroplasty to optimise outcomes”

*indicates active supervision

 

Scholarly Activities

2017

World Congress of Physical Therapy 2017

Focussed Symposium: Chest Wall Trauma: Integrating Evidence in Physiotherapy Management (van Aswegen, Reeve, Parker, Fagevik-Olsen)

Post Congress Course: Central sensitization in physical therapy practice around the world: scientific innovation for improving care for chronic pain patients (Nijs; Parker; Ijckmans; Sterling)

2015

Co-Chair of Scientific Committee Pain SA Congress 2015

Guest lecturer University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Guest lecturer Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

2014

South African Society of Physiotherapy National Symposium (21-23 March)

Scientific Committee Chair

2013

The First South African Research in Rehabilitation Conference (1 – 3 September)

Programme Convener

2012

European Pain School (3 – 10 June)

Scholar at the European Pain School 2012

 

Professional Activities and Interests

Train Pain Academy

Health education non-profit organisation

Director and lecturer

2016 – present

 

Pain SA

South African Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain

Member of National Council 2009 – present

Vice-President 2015 – 2017

President 2017-present

 

Pain, Mind and Movement SIG of the International Association for the Study of Pain

Secretary and chair-elect 2010 - 2014

Chair 2014 – present

 

Pain Management Physiotherapy Group

National Executive Committee Member 2009 - 2014

Co-convener of CPD educational activities 2009 – 2016

Awarded Honorary Life Membership 2016

 

National Physiotherapy Educators Forum (of the SASP)

Chair 2013-2015

Past-Chair 2015-present

 

Funding:

Thuthuka

Thuthuka Post-doc

MRC SIR

CSIR Laser project

Faculty Large Equipment Grant

 

References:

Dr Janieke van Nugteren

Consultant Anaesthetist

Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

University of Cape Town

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Mr Lionel Naidoo

Deputy Director Allied Health Services

Groote Schuur Hospital

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Next Event

Principles of Pain (Module 1)

Presented by: Romy Parker & Bev Bolton

22 & 23 November 2019

Pretoria, South Africa

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