Dr Rebecca Feo

Research Fellow

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North Wing (N214)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I completed my PhD in Psychology at the University of Adelaide in 2012. I have worked previously as a Research and Evaluation Officer at a not-for-profit organisation (2012-2015) and as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide (2015-2018).

My research focuses on the ways in which people use and engage with health and social care services, how these services are provided by health professionals, and how they should be delivered to best meet people's health care needs. My current program of research focuses on fundamental nursing care. I lead international research projects designed to generate robust evidence for why the global deficits in fundamental care are occurring and how they can be overcome.

More broadly my research interests include examining the provision of health care and advice as it occurs in situ as well as understanding the perspectives and experiences of people who give and receive health care. I have examined the provision of health care and advice in a range of contexts, including relationship-counselling helplines, health helplines, acute hospital care, and community services.

My research skills include qualitative approaches, specifically Conversation Analysis, Discourse Analysis and Thematic Analysis; and scoping reviews. I am a member of the International Learning Collaborative (ILC), a member-based organisation dedicated to elevating the standard of fundamental care globally. Much of my work involves collaborations with ILC members from around the globe.

Qualifications

BPsych(Hons), PhD

Honours, awards and grants
  • 2015: Faculty of Health Sciences Research Travel Award for Early Career Researcher - University of Adelaide
  • 2012: Dean's Commendation for Thesis Excellence - University of Adelaide
  • 2010: Faculty of Health Sciences Research Committee Postgraduate Travelling Fellowship - University of Adelaide
  • 2007: University Medal - University of Adelaide
  • 2007: Australian Psychological Society Prize in Psychology
Research expertise
Consumer and carer perspectives
Health services research
Nursing
Psychology
Research interests

My research focuses on the ways in which people use and engage with health and social care services, how these services are delivered by health professionals, and how they should be delivered to best meet people's health care needs. I am particularly interested in how healthcare and advice happens in situ (i.e., in real-time, in real-life).

My current program of research focuses on fundamental nursing care. The aim of this research is to understand why deficits in fundamental care are occurring globally and how these can be overcome. Specific areas of focus include:

  • Patient and professional experiences: exploring how patients typically experience fundamental care and how healthcare providers typically deliver this care across a variety of settings
  • Intervention development: designing interventions to improve patients’ experiences of fundamental care, particularly in time-limited acute care settings
  • Nurse-patient relationship:understanding the impact of the nurse-patient relationship on fundamental care delivery and developing metrics to appropriately measure this relationship, providing an important resource for educators, researchers and clinical leaders
  • Nursing education: testing how to embed an explicit focus on fundamental care into nursing (and broader) healthcare education, at pre- and post-registration levels
  • Resource development: developing creative ways to disseminate the Fundamentals of Care Framework and develop resources for educators, students, clinicians, leaders/managers and policy-makers

These projects will generate clear conceptual understanding and a robust evidence base for fundamental care that can underpin education, policy and practice.

I primarily use qualitative approaches in my research, including Conversation Analysis and interviews and focus groups analysed thematically. I am also experienced in conducting scoping reviews.

Supervisory interests
Acute medical-surgical nursing
Conversation analysis
Gender
Health psychology
Men's health and masculinity
Nurse education
Patient experience
Patient preferences
Patient/consumer, safety and quality
Social psychology
Social research methods, interviewing, survey research, data analysis
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Associate supervisor: Men’s interactions on an online discussion forum for emotional distress (1), Awareness and knowledge of posttraumatic emotional responses related to disaster among the adult community and nurses in Indonesia (1), Determining nursing sensitive patient safety outcomes among patients admitted in medical and surgical acute care settings in Ethiopia (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Nicole Grivell

Flinders University Student Association Development Grant - JAN 2019

Publications

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