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Tracey Smythe

BSc Physiotherapy MPH PhD

Research Fellow

Room
490

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I am a physiotherapist with clinical experience developing, co-ordinating and delivering rehabilitation interventions and health worker training interventions in Australia, Brazil, countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. I specialised in paediatric care, and my main work is with children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.

I am a reseach fellow with the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at LSHTM, where my focus has been on the development of interventions to improve the quality of life of carers of children with multiple complex impairments, and in the design and analysis of before-after trials, cohort studies and cross sectional studies.

My physiotherapy degree is from the University of Queensland, Australia and my MPH and PhD are from LSHTM. My doctoral research provided evidence to improve services for clubfoot in Africa with Zimbabwe as a case study.

Affiliations

Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Research

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)

Teaching

I teach on the MSc Study Unit on "Global Disability and Health". I also lecture on Disability on the Diploma of Tropical Nursing.

I contribute to the Public Health in Development MSc course as a personal tutor. I supervise MSc students who undertake their summer projects in topics of Disability and health.  

Research

My research interest is in disability and Public Health, with a particular focus on the development of innovative interventions for children with disabilities, and their families, in resource constrained settings. 

I am involved in assessing the impact of physical impairment on the quality of life of children and their carers, in addition to the development of scalable interventions.

I support partners through the Global Clubfoot Initiative and am actively involved with the RCUK GCRF group.

Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Health inequalities
Health services research
Health systems
Public health
Behaviour change
Capacity strengthening
Evaluation
Implementation research
Rehabilitation
Discipline
Epidemiology
Medicine
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Neurological disease
Disability
Country
Brazil
Colombia
Zimbabwe
Region
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Prevalence and causes of musculoskeletal impairment in Mahabubnagar District, Telangana State, India: results of a population-based survey.
Smythe, T. ; Mactaggart, I. ; Kuper, H. ; Murthy, G.V.S. ; Lavy, C. ; Polack, S. ;
2018
Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg
The development of a training course for clubfoot treatment in Africa: learning points for course development.
Smythe, T. ; Le, G. ; Owen, R. ; Ayana, B. ; Hansen, L. ; Lavy, C. ;
2018
BMC Med Educ
The feasibility of a training course for clubfoot treatment in Africa: A mixed methods study.
Smythe, T. ; Owen, R. ; Le, G. ; Uwizeye, E. ; Hansen, L. ; Lavy, C. ;
2018
PLoS One
Birth prevalence of Congenital Talipes Equinovarus in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
Smythe, T. ; Kuper, H. ; Macleod, D. ; Foster, A. ; Lavy, C. ;
2017
Trop Med Int Health
Prevalence and causes of musculoskeletal impairment in Fundong District, North-West Cameroon: results of a population-based survey.
Smythe, T. ; Mactaggart, I. ; Kuper, H. ; Oye, J. ; Sieyen, N.C. ; Lavy, C. ; Polack, S. ;
2017
Trop Med Int Health
Results of clubfoot treatment after manipulation and casting using the Ponseti method: experience in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Smythe, T.; Chandramohan, D.; Bruce, J.; Kuper, H.; Lavy, C.; Foster, A.;
2016
Trop Med Int Health
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