Dr Rosemary Hollick
BSc (Hons), MBChB, PhD, FRCP
Senior Clinical Lecturer
Rosemary is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Rheumatologist at the University of Aberdeen. After obtaining a BSc in Biomedical Sciences, with 1st class honours in Pharmacology from the University of Aberdeen, Rosemary studied medicine at the University of Glasgow. She completed her specialist training in Rheumatology in 2017. Rosemary holds a Honorary Consultant Rheumatology post within NHS Grampian where she plays a key role in service development, including improving access to care for those with rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions living in rural communities.
Rosemary is developing a new programme of health services research in rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions. This includes common, complex pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, rare rheumatic disease and osteoporosis. This interdisciplinary programme brings together clinicians, researchers, decision makers and patients, and combines a number of different approaches; discovery science, routine health care data and health informatics, epidemiology, and qualitative methods, with an emphasis on patient-centred involvement and co-design. Our approach aims to development person-centred, effective and sustainable improvements in health and well-being for those living with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions. Rosemary has a particular interest in geographical inequalities in prevalence, outcomes and access to care.
Rosemary is currently working on a number of studies, including most recently those exploring the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on care for those with long term conditions. Another recently funded study by the Nuffield Foundation seeks to examine the prevalence and outcomes for those with rheumatic disease living in rural areas. This also provides the opportunity to examine the impact of the pandemic on healthcare utilisation.
Alongside this, Rosemary continues to work on a Versus Arthritis funded programme grant to redesign services for those with fibromyalgia. Another Versus Arthritis funded study seeks to evaluate models of care for those with rare rheumatic disease (using systemic vasculitis as an exemplar).
These studies combine a range of qualitative methods (semi-structured interviews and novel ethnographic approaches), with data linkage methodologies and health economics, to co-design with patients, effective and equitable models of care and support. Together with colleagues in ACAMH, we are also working on a feasibility study to develop an early knee osteoarthritis cohort.
MRC/Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work
Funding and Grants
- Minimising impact on vulnerable patients: Data-driven design, monitoring and adaptation of Covid and non-Covid clinical care pathways, Chief Scientist Office (Scotland), £76,212, Co-applicant, June 2020 - Dec 2020
- COVID-19 and musculoskeletal health during lockdown (CONTAIN study), Versus Arthritis, £50,000, Co-applicant, April 2020 - Dec 2020
- Geographical mapping of prevalence and outcomes in rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions across Wales and Scotland: a data linkage study, Nuffield Foundation, £377,156, Chief Investigator, June 2020 - May 2022
- Effective healthcare delivery in rare rheumatic disease: evaluating models of care for systemic vasculitis, Versus Arthritis, £309,166, Chief Investigator, Sep 2019 - Aug 2021
- Enhancing Recruitment And Retention Of Rural Doctors In Scotland: A Mixed-Methods Study, Chief Scientist Office (Scotland), £298,984, Co-applicant, June 2020 - May 2022
- Feasibility of Recruiting an Early Scottish Knee Osteoarthritis cohort (FRESKO), ISSF, £19,199, Co-applicant, June 2019 - Dec 2019
- Feasibility of Recruiting an Early Scottish Knee osteoarthritis cOhort (FRESKO), Chief Scientist Office Scotland, £32,132, Co-applicant, June 2019 - Dec 2019
- Patient-centred Care for Fibromyalgia: New pathway Design (PACFIND), Versus Arthritis, £1.18 million, Deputy CI and Co-applicant, Feb 2019 - Jan 2024
- Integrated Models of Physiotherapy-led care Across Community and Specialist Rheumatology Services (IMPACt), Chief Investigator, NHS Grampian Endowment Fund, £23, 692, April 2018 - Dec 2019
Rosemary teaches both undergraduate and post graduate medical students at the University of Aberdeen.
She contributes to the PU5030 Epidemiology Course, part of the Masters of Public Health and Global Health and Management.
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Comparing people who have and have not received a diagnosis of fibromyalgia: a cross-sectional survey within the PACFiND studyArthritis Care & ResearchContributions to Journals: Articles
Driving difficulties in patients with axial spondyloarthritis: Results from the Scotland Registry for Ankylosing SpondylitisArthritis Care & ResearchContributions to Journals: Articles
Evaluation of Adjunctive Mycophenolate for Large Vessel Giant Cell ArteritisRheumatology Advances in Practice, vol. 4, no. 2, rkaa069Contributions to Journals: Articles
Characterization of Preoperative, Postsurgical, Acute and Chronic Pain in High Risk Breast Cancer PatientsJournal of Clinical Medicine, vol. 9, no. 12, 3831Contributions to Journals: Articles
Feasibility, acceptability and change in health following a telephone-based CBT intervention for patients with Axial SpondyloarthritisRheumatology Advances in Practice, rkaa063Contributions to Journals: Articles
The role of metrology in axSpA: does it provide unique information in assessing patients and predicting outcome? Results from the BSRBR-AS registryArthritis Care & ResearchContributions to Journals: Articles
No one wants to look after the fibro patient - Understanding models, and patient perspectives, of care for fibromyalgia: reviews of current evidencePain, vol. 161, no. 8, pp. 1716-1725Contributions to Journals: Articles
Outcomes and treatment responses, including work productivity, among people with axial spondyloarthritis living in urban and rural areas: a mixed-methods study within a national registerAnnals of the Rheumatic Diseases, vol. 79, no. 8, pp. 1055-1062Contributions to Journals: Articles
Introducing mobile fracture prevention services with DXA in Northern Scotland: A comparative study of three rural communitiesOsteoporosis International, vol. 31, no. 7, pp. 1305-1314Contributions to Journals: Articles
Real-world evidence of TNF inhibition in axial spondyloarthritis: can we generalise the results from clinical trials?Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, vol. 79, no. 7, pp. 914-919Contributions to Journals: Articles