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Feasibility and acceptability of an overdose prevention intervention delivered by Community Pharmacists for patients prescribed opioids for chronic non-cancer pain (2023)
Journal Article
Schofield, J., Parkes, T., Mercer, F., Foster, R., Hnízdilovà, K., Matheson, C., Steele, W., McAuley, A., Raeburn, F., Skea, L., & Baldacchino, A. (2023). Feasibility and acceptability of an overdose prevention intervention delivered by Community Pharmacists for patients prescribed opioids for chronic non-cancer pain. Pharmacy, 11(3), Article 88. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy11030088

There have been increases in the prescribing of high strength opioids for chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) but CNCP patients perceive themselves as being at low risk of opioid overdose and generally have limited overdose awareness. This study examined... Read More about Feasibility and acceptability of an overdose prevention intervention delivered by Community Pharmacists for patients prescribed opioids for chronic non-cancer pain.

Ask the Criminologists: Webinar for Modern Studies teachers (2023)
Digital Artefact
Mabon, K., Gumulinska, I., Clayton, E., Morrison, K., Graham, H., & Foster (PI), R. (2023). Ask the Criminologists: Webinar for Modern Studies teachers. [YouTube video]

Webinar content prepared and recorded by our SCCJR project team for Modern Studies teachers in Scotland. We invited questions from Modern Studies teachers across Scotland and answered them, alongside questions ‘from the floor’ in this live webinar. T... Read More about Ask the Criminologists: Webinar for Modern Studies teachers.

YouTube: Modern Studies learners webinar (2023)
Digital Artefact
Mabon, K., Gumulinska, I., Clayton, E., Morrison, K., Graham, H., & Foster, R. (2023). YouTube: Modern Studies learners webinar. [YouTube video]

Webinar content prepared and recorded by our SCCJR project team for Modern Studies learners in Scotland. We invited questions from Modern Studies learners across Scotland and answered them in this pre-recorded webinar.

Patient, family members and community pharmacists' views of a proposed overdose prevention intervention delivered in community pharmacies for patients prescribed high‐strength opioids for chronic non‐cancer pain: An explorative intervention development study (2022)
Journal Article
Mercer, F., Parkes, T., Foster, R., Steven, D., McAuley, A., Baldacchino, A., Steele, W., Schofield, J., & Matheson, C. (2023). Patient, family members and community pharmacists' views of a proposed overdose prevention intervention delivered in community pharmacies for patients prescribed high‐strength opioids for chronic non‐cancer pain: An explorative intervention development study. Drug and Alcohol Review, 42(3), 517-526. https://doi.org/10.1111/dar.13554

Introduction Despite opioid prescribing for chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) having limited therapeutic benefits, recent evidence indicates significant increases in the prescribing of high-strength opioids for individuals with CNCP. Patients prescribe... Read More about Patient, family members and community pharmacists' views of a proposed overdose prevention intervention delivered in community pharmacies for patients prescribed high‐strength opioids for chronic non‐cancer pain: An explorative intervention development study.

‘Why would we not want to keep everybody safe?’ The views of family members of people who use drugs on the implementation of drug consumption rooms in Scotland (2022)
Journal Article
Parkes, T., Price, T., Foster, R., Trayner, K. M. A., Sumnall, H. R., Livingston, W., Perkins, A., Cairns, B., Dumbrell, J., & Nicholls, J. (2022). ‘Why would we not want to keep everybody safe?’ The views of family members of people who use drugs on the implementation of drug consumption rooms in Scotland. Harm Reduction Journal, 19(1), Article 99. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12954-022-00679-5

Background People who use drugs in Scotland are currently experiencing disproportionately high rates of drug-related deaths. Drug consumption rooms (DCRs) are harm reduction services that offer a safe, hygienic environment where pre-obtained drugs c... Read More about ‘Why would we not want to keep everybody safe?’ The views of family members of people who use drugs on the implementation of drug consumption rooms in Scotland.

Drug Consumption Rooms and Public Health Policy: Perspectives of Scottish Strategic Decision-Makers (2022)
Journal Article
Nicholls, J., Livingston, W., Perkins, A., Cairns, B., Foster, R., Trayner, K. M. A., Sumnall, H. R., Price, T., Cairney, P., Dumbrell, J., & Parkes, T. (2022). Drug Consumption Rooms and Public Health Policy: Perspectives of Scottish Strategic Decision-Makers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(11), Article 6575. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19116575

There is widespread support for the introduction of Drug Consumption Rooms (DCRs) in Scotland as part of a policy response to record levels of drug-related harm. However, existing legal barriers are made more complex by the division of relevant power... Read More about Drug Consumption Rooms and Public Health Policy: Perspectives of Scottish Strategic Decision-Makers.

Long-acting depot buprenorphine in people who are homeless: Views and experiences (2022)
Journal Article
Matheson, C., Foster, R., Schofield, J., & Browne, T. (2022). Long-acting depot buprenorphine in people who are homeless: Views and experiences. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 139, Article 108781. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2022.108781

Introduction People experiencing homelessness often experience intersecting mental and physical health problems, alongside problem substance use and a range of overlapping challenges, including access to appropriate treatment. New long-acting opioid... Read More about Long-acting depot buprenorphine in people who are homeless: Views and experiences.

A peer-delivered intervention to reduce harm and improve the well-being of homeless people with problem substance use: the SHARPS feasibility mixed-methods study (2022)
Journal Article
Parkes, T., Matheson, C., Carver, H., Foster, R., Budd, J., Liddell, D., Wallace, J., Pauly, B., Fotopoulou, M., Burley, A., Anderson, I., & MacLennan, G. (2022). A peer-delivered intervention to reduce harm and improve the well-being of homeless people with problem substance use: the SHARPS feasibility mixed-methods study. Health Technology Assessment, 26(14), 1-128. https://doi.org/10.3310/wvvl4786

Background For people experiencing homelessness and problem substance use, access to appropriate services can be challenging. There is evidence that development of trusting relationships with non-judgemental staff can facilitate service engagement.... Read More about A peer-delivered intervention to reduce harm and improve the well-being of homeless people with problem substance use: the SHARPS feasibility mixed-methods study.

Assessing the feasibility, acceptability and accessibility of a peer-delivered intervention to reduce harm and improve the well-being of people who experience homelessness with problem substance use: the SHARPS study (2022)
Journal Article
Parkes, T., Matheson, C., Carver, H., Foster, R., Budd, J., Liddell, D., Wallace, J., Pauly, B., Fotopoulou, M., Burley, A., Anderson, I., Price, T., Schofield, J., & MacLennan, G. (2022). Assessing the feasibility, acceptability and accessibility of a peer-delivered intervention to reduce harm and improve the well-being of people who experience homelessness with problem substance use: the SHARPS study. Harm Reduction Journal, 19(1), Article 10. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12954-021-00582-5

Background For people experiencing homelessness and problem substance use, access to appropriate services can be challenging. There is evidence that the development of trusting relationships with non-judgemental staff can facilitate service engageme... Read More about Assessing the feasibility, acceptability and accessibility of a peer-delivered intervention to reduce harm and improve the well-being of people who experience homelessness with problem substance use: the SHARPS study.

Chronic pain, prescribed opioids and overdose risk: a qualitative exploration of the views of affected individuals and family members (2022)
Journal Article
Parkes, T., Foster, R., McAuley, A., Steven, D., Matheson, C., & Baldacchino, A. (2023). Chronic pain, prescribed opioids and overdose risk: a qualitative exploration of the views of affected individuals and family members. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, 30(3), 229-240. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2021.2022100

It has been estimated that chronic non cancer pain (CNCP) affects more than 30% of people worldwide. Correspondingly, prescriptions for individuals experiencing CNCP have increased in recent years. While opioids can minimize pain, they also pose a ri... Read More about Chronic pain, prescribed opioids and overdose risk: a qualitative exploration of the views of affected individuals and family members.

“PPI? That sounds like Payment Protection Insurance”: Reflections and learning from a substance use and homelessness study Experts by Experience group (2021)
Journal Article
Foster, R., Carver, H., Wallace, J., Dunedin, A., Burridge, S., Foley, P., Pauly, B., & Parkes, T. (2021). “PPI? That sounds like Payment Protection Insurance”: Reflections and learning from a substance use and homelessness study Experts by Experience group. Research Involvement and Engagement, 7(1), Article 82. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40900-021-00324-8

Background Patient and Public Involvement in research is important for citizenship, accountability and transparency, and has the practical benefit of helping to ensure its quality and applicability. Involving members of the public in research is bec... Read More about “PPI? That sounds like Payment Protection Insurance”: Reflections and learning from a substance use and homelessness study Experts by Experience group.

Peer Support and Overdose Prevention Responses: A Systematic ‘State-of-the-Art’ Review (2021)
Journal Article
Mercer, F., Miler, J. A., Pauly, B., Carver, H., Hnízdilová, K., Foster, R., & Parkes, T. (2021). Peer Support and Overdose Prevention Responses: A Systematic ‘State-of-the-Art’ Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(22), Article 12073. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182212073

Overdose prevention for people who use illicit drugs is essential during the current overdose crisis. Peer support is a process whereby individuals with lived or living experience of a particular phenomenon provide support to others by explicitly dra... Read More about Peer Support and Overdose Prevention Responses: A Systematic ‘State-of-the-Art’ Review.

Quantifying prescribed high dose opioids in the community and risk of overdose (2021)
Journal Article
Schofield, J., Steven, D., Foster, R., Matheson, C., Baldacchino, A., McAuley, A., & Parkes, T. (2021). Quantifying prescribed high dose opioids in the community and risk of overdose. BMC Public Health, 21(1), Article 1174. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-11162-4

Background Opioid prescribing for a range of health issues is increasing globally. The risk of fatal and non-fatal overdose is increased among people prescribed strong opioids: in high doses in the context of polypharmacy (the use of multiple medica... Read More about Quantifying prescribed high dose opioids in the community and risk of overdose.

‘It maybe doesn’t seem much, but to me it’s my kingdom’: staff and client experiences of Housing First in Scotland (2021)
Journal Article
Miler, J. A., Foster, R., Hnizdilova, K., Murdoch, H., & Parkes, T. (2022). ‘It maybe doesn’t seem much, but to me it’s my kingdom’: staff and client experiences of Housing First in Scotland. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, 29(3), 231-244. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2021.1926429

Housing First (HF) represents a significant shift in the way that the problem of homelessness and co-occuring challenges including problem substance use, is addressed. HF interventions have been the focus of much research. Quantitative studies have c... Read More about ‘It maybe doesn’t seem much, but to me it’s my kingdom’: staff and client experiences of Housing First in Scotland.

Provision of peer support at the intersection of homelessness and problem substance use services: a systematic ‘state of the art’ review (2020)
Journal Article
Miler, J. A., Carver, H., Foster, R., & Parkes, T. (2020). Provision of peer support at the intersection of homelessness and problem substance use services: a systematic ‘state of the art’ review. BMC Public Health, 20(1), Article 641. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-8407-4

Background Peer support refers to a process whereby individuals with lived experience of a particular phenomenon provide support to others by explicitly drawing on their personal experience. It has been adopted in a variety of service contexts inclu... Read More about Provision of peer support at the intersection of homelessness and problem substance use services: a systematic ‘state of the art’ review.

Experiences of families using prison visitors’ centres (2019)
Book Chapter
Foster, R. (2019). Experiences of families using prison visitors’ centres. In M. Hutton, & D. Moran (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Prison and the Family (251-272). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-12744-2_13

Prison visitors’ centres are unique spaces, typically distinct from the prisons they are connected to; they are the areas where families wait prior to entering the prison where visits take place. There is increasing recognition of the role visitors’... Read More about Experiences of families using prison visitors’ centres.

Supporting Harm Reduction through Peer Support (SHARPS): testing the feasibility and acceptability of a peer-delivered, relational intervention for people with problem substance use who are homeless, to improve health outcomes, quality of life and social functioning and reduce harms: study protocol (2019)
Journal Article
Parkes, T., Matheson, C., Carver, H., Budd, J., Liddell, D., Wallace, J., Pauly, B., Fotopoulou, M., Burley, A., Anderson, I., MacLennan, G., & Foster, R. (2019). Supporting Harm Reduction through Peer Support (SHARPS): testing the feasibility and acceptability of a peer-delivered, relational intervention for people with problem substance use who are homeless, to improve health outcomes, quality of life and social functioning and reduce harms: study protocol. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 5(1), Article 64. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-019-0447-0

Background While people who are homeless often experience poor mental and physical health and problem substance use, getting access to appropriate services can be challenging. The development of trusting relationships with non-judgemental staff can... Read More about Supporting Harm Reduction through Peer Support (SHARPS): testing the feasibility and acceptability of a peer-delivered, relational intervention for people with problem substance use who are homeless, to improve health outcomes, quality of life and social functioning and reduce harms: study protocol.

The research perspective on knife crime and knife carrying (2018)
Other
Foster, R. (2018). The research perspective on knife crime and knife carrying. [Blog post]

Blog post summarising the key findings from a literature review I authored, and published with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. The literature review was commissioned and funded by the Scottish Government.

Exploring 'Betwixt and Between' in a Prison Visitors' Centre and Beyond (2017)
Book Chapter
Foster, R. (2017). Exploring 'Betwixt and Between' in a Prison Visitors' Centre and Beyond. In D. Moran, & A. K. Schliehe (Eds.), Carceral Spatiality: Dialogues between Geography and Criminology (169-198). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-56057-5_7

In order to maintain relationships with their loved ones, family members will often spend a great deal of time (as well as expense and emotional labour) visiting their loved one in prison. When visiting inside the prison, visitors occupy the liminal... Read More about Exploring 'Betwixt and Between' in a Prison Visitors' Centre and Beyond.

‘Doing the Wait’: An exploration into the waiting experiences of prisoners’ families (2016)
Journal Article
Foster, R. (2019). ‘Doing the Wait’: An exploration into the waiting experiences of prisoners’ families. Time and Society, 28(2), 459-477. https://doi.org/10.1177/0961463x16633235

Waiting is a universal experience and a ‘taken for granted’ form of time. However, it is given a social specificity when embodied by particular agents in particular settings. This paper reflects on the universal experience of waiting in the very part... Read More about ‘Doing the Wait’: An exploration into the waiting experiences of prisoners’ families.