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Francesca Wuytack

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    Occupational health

    Thèmes de recherche

    Musculoskeletal health, occupational health, gender differences, women's health, pelvic girdle pain, evidence synthesis



    • Nov 2021 – current: Postdoctoral researcher – Research Institute for Environmental and Occupational Health (IRSET - Inserm UMR 1085); ESTER Team - Epidemiology in Occupational Health and Ergonomics; Faculté de Santé - Département Médecine – Angers University (France)
    • Mar 2021 – Oct 2021: Maternity leave
    • May 2017 – Mar 2021: Research Fellow (Epidemiology) – School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
    • Mar 2019 – Jan 2020: Career break (maternity leave)
    • Mar 2016 – May 2017: Clinical Research Associate, Health Research Board – Trial Research Methodology Network, National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland). Senior reviewer; conducting and overseeing a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses being conducted to support the work of the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee in the Department of Health (Ireland).
    • Mar 2014 – Aug 2014: Research Fellow to the COMET (Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials) Project (PI: Prof Mike Clarke). Conducting a follow-up assessment of the outcome measures used in Cochrane reviews, and engagement with Cochrane Review Groups to assist in identifying areas in need of Core Outcome Set development.
    • Aug 2011 – June 2012: Chiropractor, Winchester Sports & Spine Clinic (UK). Responsible for the diagnosis and management of patients with neuromusculoskeletal complaints, and for clinical audit.
    • July 2010 – June 2011: Rehabilitation supervisor. AECC Clinic – Rehabilitation & Exercise Centre (UK). Peer-Educator (intern) in rehabilitative exercises; supervising student interns in providing individual patient rehabilitative treatment.


    Teaching/supervision activities

    • Sept 2017 – March 2021: Lecturing in systematic reviewing/meta-analysis to MSc students, School of Nursing & Midwifery – Trinity College Dublin
    • Sept 2017 – current: Supervision of MSc students, School of Nursing & Midwifery – Trinity College Dublin
    • Sept 2017 – June 2018: Lecturing on pelvic girdle pain to BSc Physiotherapy students, School of Medicine – Trinity College Dublin
    • Sept 2012 – June 2016: Lecturing to BSc/MSc students, School of Nursing & Midwifery – Trinity College Dublin; Topics: research design and methods, pelvic & foetal skull anatomy, pain physiology
    • Sept 2013 – June 2014: Supervision of BSc dissertations, School of Nursing & Midwifery – Trinity College Dublin
    • Sept 2013 –June 2016: Assistant Warden of Trinity Hall, Trinity College Dublin; Part of the Senior Common Room of Trinity Hall, responsible for student welfare
    • Sept 2010 – June 2011: Anatomy Teaching Assistant, Anglo-European College of Chiropractic – Bournemouth University (UK); Teaching pro-section anatomy lab tutorials and topographical anatomy classes to BSc Neuromusculoskeletal Sciences/MChiro and BSc (Hons) Exercise Science students.



    • Sept 2017 – June 2019: Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (awarded with distinction), School of Education – Trinity College Dublin
    • Sept 2012 – Feb 2016: PhD, School of Nursing & Midwifery – Trinity College Dublin; Conducted the Pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PPGP) Strand of the Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland (MAMMI) study (a longitudinal cohort study). Principal Supervisor: Professor Cecily Begley
    • Sept 2014 – June 2015: Postgraduate Certificate in Statistics (awarded with distinction), School of Computer Science & Statistics – Trinity College Dublin
    • Sept 2013 – June 2014: Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, jointly awarded by Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin (Ireland) and Queen’s University Belfast (UK)
    • Jan 2013 – June 2013: Certificate in Teaching & Supporting Learning Trinity College Dublin – Centre for Academic Practice and eLearning – Trinity College Dublin
    • Sept 2012 – Dec 2012: Certificate in Graduate Information Literacy Skills, Trinity College Dublin – Library
    • Sept 2012: LEAD (Living Equality & Diversity) e-learning program certificate, Irish Universities Equality Network
    • Sept 2006 – July 2011: Master in Chiropractic (awarded with distinction), Anglo-European College of Chiropractic – Bournemouth University (UK).
    • Sept 2009 – Aug 2010: Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy for Health Care Professionals (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – based), Anglo-European College of Chiropractic – Bournemouth University (UK).


    • Wuytack F, Moran P, Daly D, Begley C, 2021. Is there an association between parity and urinary incontinence in women during pregnancy and the first year postpartum?: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Neurourol Urodyn (accepted for pubication). 
    • Wuytack F, Moran P, Daly D, Panda S, Hannon K, Cusack C, O'Donovan M. A systematic review of utility-based and disease-specific quality of life measurement instruments for women with urinary incontinence. Neurourol Urodyn. 2021 Aug;40(6):1275-1303. doi: 10.1002/nau.24678. Epub 2021 Jun 3. PMID: 34082483.
    • Remus A, Smith V, Gutke A, Mena JJS, Mørkved S, Nilsson Wikmar L, Öberg B, Olsson C, Robinson HS, Stuge B, Wuytack F, A core outcome set for research and clinical practice in women with pelvic girdle pain: PGP-COS. PLOS ONE 16(2): e0247466.
    • Daly D, Moran P, Wuytack F, Hannon S, Hannon K, Martin Y, Peoples M, Begley C, Newnham E. The maternal health-related issues that matter most to women in Ireland as they transition to motherhood - A qualitative study. Women Birth. 2021 Feb 10:S1871-5192(21)00013-5. doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2021.01.013. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33582046.
    • Remus, A., Smith, V. & Wuytack, F, 2021 Methodology in core outcome set (COS) development: the impact of patient interviews and using a 5-point versus a 9-point Delphi rating scale on core outcome selection in a COS development study. BMC Med Res Methodol21,
    • Wuytack, F., Begley, C. & Daly, D. Risk factors for pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain: a scoping review, 2020. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth20,
    • Moran PS, Normand C, Gillen P, Wuytack F, Turner M, Begley C, Daly D, Economic implications of reducing caesarean section rates - analysis of two health systems, 2020. PLOS One, 15(7): e0228309.
    • Moran PS, Daly D, Wuytack F, Carroll M, Turner M, Normand C, Begley C, 2020. Predictors of choice of public and private maternity care among nulliparous women in Ireland, and implications for maternity care and birth experience. Health Policy, 124(5),
    • Moran PS, Wuytack F, Turner M, Normand C, Brown S, et al., 2020. Economic burden of maternal morbidity – A systematic review of cost-of-illness studies. PLOS ONE 15(1): e0227377,
    • Sheerin F, Eustace-Cook J, Wuytack F, Doyle C., 2019. Medication management in intellectual disability settings: A systematic review. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities,
    • Wuytack F, O’Donovan M, 2019 Outcomes and outcomes measurements used in intervention studies of pelvic girdle pain and lumbopelvic pain: a systematic review. Chiropr Man Therap27, 62,
    • Wuytack F, Gutke A, Stuge B, Mørkved S, Olsson C, Robinson HS, Vøllestad NK, Öberg B, Wikmar LN, Mena JJS, Smith V, 2018. Protocol for the development of a core outcome set for pelvic girdle pain, including methods for measuring the outcomes: the PGP-COS study. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 18(1):158,
    • Wuytack F, Regan M, Biesty L, Meskell P, Lutomski JE, O’Donnell M, Treweek S, Devane D, 2019. Risk of bias assessment of sequence generation: a study of 100 systematic reviews of trials. BMC Systematic Reviews, 8(1):13,
    • Wuytack F, Daly D, Curtis E, Begley C, 2018. Prognostic factor for pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain, a systematic review. Midwifery, 66, 70-78,
    • Wuytack F, Lutje V, Jakobsen JC, Weiss KH, Flanagan P, Gethin P, Murphy L, Smyth S, Devane D, Smith V, 2018. Sexual transmission of Hepatitis C Virus infection in a heterosexual population: A systematic review. HRB Open Research, 1:10,
    • Wuytack F, Devane D, Stovold E, McDonnell M, Casey M, McDonnell TJ, Gillespie P, Raymakers A, Lacasse Y, McCarthy B, 2017. Comparison of outpatient and home-based exercise training programmes for COPD: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Respirology, 23(3), 272-283,
    • Wuytack F, Meskell P, Conway A, McDaid F, Santesso N, Hickey FG, Gillespie P, Raymakers A, Smith V, Devane D, 2017. The effectiveness of physiologically based early warning or track and trigger systems after triage in adult patients presenting to emergency departments: a systematic review. BMC Emergency Medicine, 17(1), 38,
    • Wuytack F, Smith V, Cleary BJ, 2016. Oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (single dose) for perineal pain in the early postpartum period. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD011352. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011352.pub2
    • Wuytack F, Curtis E, Begley C, 2015. Experiences of first-time mothers with persistent pelvic girdle pain after childbirth: descriptive qualitative study. Physical Therapy, 95, 1354-1364; DOI: 10.2522/ptj.20150088
    • Wuytack F, Curtis E, Begley C, 2015. The health-seeking behaviours of first-time mothers with persistent pelvic girdle pain after childbirth in Ireland: A descriptive qualitative study. Midwifery, 31 (11), 1104-1109; 1016/j.midw.2015.07.009
    • Wuytack F, Smith V, Clarke M, Williamson P, Gargon E, 2015. Towards core outcome set (COS) development: a follow-up descriptive survey of outcomes in Cochrane reviews. BMC Systematic Reviews, 4 (73);
    • Wuytack F, Smith V, 2014 Oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (single dose) for perineal pain in the early postpartum period (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD011352. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011352
    • Wuytack F, Miller P, 2011. The lived experience of fibromyalgia in female patients, a phenomenological study. Chiropractic & Manual Therapy, 19:22;
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