Paul Cafarella

Paul Cafarella

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I'm a Health Psychologist with a history of developing and coordinating behaviour change programmes for respiratory populations in the southern metropolitan area of Adelaide. My research interests include the assessment, treatment and consequences of mental health problems in people with chronic diseases (particularly respiratory illnesses and motor neurone disease) and their carers; non-pharmacological methods of treatment including behaviour change programmes; illness perceptions; adherence, social stigma and social networks in disabled populations. Currently, my research is focussed on the application of behaviour change theory and techniques to improve interventions for the psychological well-being of carers of people with motor neurone disease.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Cafarella, P., Effing, T., & Chur-Hansen, A. (2022). Interventions targeting psychological well-being for motor neuron disease carers: A systematic review. Palliative and Supportive Care, 17 pages.
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    2021 Aoun, S. M., Cafarella, P. A., Rumbold, B., Thomas, G., Hogden, A., Jiang, L., . . . Kissane, D. W. (2021). Who cares for the bereaved? A national survey of family caregivers of people with motor neurone disease. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration, 22(1-2), 12-22.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS4 Europe PMC4
    2021 Aoun, S. M., Cafarella, P. A., Hogden, A., Thomas, G., Jiang, L., & Edis, R. (2021). Why and how the work of Motor Neurone Disease Associations matters before and during bereavement: a consumer perspective. Palliative Care and Social Practice, 15, 26323524211009537.
    DOI Scopus6 Europe PMC4
    2020 Frith, P., Sladek, R., Woodman, R., Effing, T., Bradley, S., van Asten, S., . . . Phillips, P. A. (2020). Pragmatic randomised controlled trial of a personalised intervention for carers of people requiring home oxygen therapy. Chronic Respiratory Disease, 17, 1-11.
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    2020 Aoun, S. M., Kissane, D. W., Cafarella, P. A., Rumbold, B., Hogden, A., Jiang, L., & Bear, N. (2020). Grief, depression, and anxiety in bereaved caregivers of people with motor neurone disease: a population-based national study. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration, 21(7-8), 593-605.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS7 Europe PMC4
    2019 Lenferink, A., van der Palen, J., van der Valk, P. D. L. P. M., Cafarella, P., van Veen, A., Quinn, S., . . . Effing, T. W. (2019). Exacerbation action plans for patients with COPD and comorbidities: A randomised controlled trial. European Respiratory Journal, 54(5), 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS18 Europe PMC14
    2018 Harris, M., Thomas, G., Thomas, M., Cafarella, P., Stocks, A., Greig, J., & McEvoy, R. (2018). Supporting wellbeing in motor neurone disease for patients, carers, social networks, and health professionals: A scoping review and synthesis.. Palliative & supportive care, 16(2), 228-237.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS15 Europe PMC5
    2018 Alsubaiei, M., Cafarella, P., Frith, P., McEvoy, R., & Effing, T. (2018). Factors influencing management of chronic respiratory diseases in general and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in particular in Saudi Arabia: An overview. Annals of Thoracic Medicine, 13(3), 144-149.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6 Europe PMC3
    2017 Alsubaiei, M. E., Frith, P. A., Cafarella, P. A., Quinn, S., Moamary, M. S. A., McEvoy, R. D., & Effing, T. W. (2017). COPD care in Saudi Arabia: Physicians' awareness and knowledge of guidelines and barriers to implementation. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 21(5), 592-595.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS12 Europe PMC7
    2017 Alison, J. A., McKeough, Z. J., Johnston, K., McNamara, R. J., Spencer, L. M., Jenkins, S. C., . . . Holland, A. E. (2017). Australian and New Zealand Pulmonary Rehabilitation Guidelines. Respirology, 22(4), 800-819.
    DOI Scopus124 WoS115 Europe PMC62
    2016 Alsubaiei, M., Cafarella, P., Frith, P., McEvoy, R., & Effing, T. (2016). Barriers for setting up a pulmonary rehabilitation program in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Annals of Thoracic Medicine, 11(2), 121-127.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS11 Europe PMC8
    2016 Effing, T. W., Vercoulen, J. H., Bourbeau, J., Trappenburg, J., Lenferink, A., Cafarella, P., . . . Van Der Palen, J. (2016). Definition of a COPD self-management intervention: International expert group consensus. European Respiratory Journal, 48(1), 46-54.
    DOI Scopus103 Europe PMC64
    2016 Cafarella, P., Effing, T., Hancock, K., & Frith, P. (2016). Partners in COPD management in the primary care setting. Medicine Today, 17(1-2), 26-34.
    2015 Williams, M. T., Cafarella, P., Paquet, C., & Frith, P. (2015). Cognitive behavioral therapy for management of dyspnea: A pilot study. Respiratory Care, 60(9), 1303-1313.
    DOI Scopus9 Europe PMC4
    2015 Wiles, L., Cafarella, P., & Williams, M. (2015). Exercise training combined with psychological interventions for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Respirology, 20(1), 46-55.
    DOI Scopus19 Europe PMC11
    2015 Alsubaiei, M., Cafarella, P., Frith, P., Doug McEvoy, R., & Effing, T. (2015). Current care services provided for patients with COPD in the Eastern province in Saudi Arabia: a descriptive study. International Journal of COPD, 10(1), 2379-2391.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS5 Europe PMC3
    2015 Barton, C., Effing, T., & Cafarella, P. (2015). Social support and social networks in COPD: A scoping review. COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 12(6), 690-702.
    DOI Scopus45 WoS44 Europe PMC17
    2014 Effing, T. W., Lenferink, A., Buckman, J., Spicer, D., Cafarella, P. A., Burt, M. G., . . . van der Palen, J. (2014). Development of a self-treatment approach for patients with COPD and comorbidities: an ongoing learning process. Journal of Thoracic Disease, 6(11), 1597-1605.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS11 Europe PMC4
    2013 Lenferink, A., Frith, P., van der Valk, P., Buckman, J., Sladek, R., Cafarella, P., . . . Effing, T. (2013). A self-management approach using self-initiated action plans for symptoms with ongoing nurse support in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and comorbidities: The COPE-III study protocol. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 36(1), 81-89.
    DOI Scopus26 Europe PMC17
    2013 Cafarella, P. A., Effing, T. W., Barton, C., Ahmed, D., & Frith, P. A. (2013). Management of depression and anxiety in COPD. European Respiratory Monograph, 59, 144-163.
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    2012 Paddison, J. S., Cafarella, P., & Frith, P. (2012). Use of an Australian quality of life tool in patients with COPD. COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 9(6), 585-595.
    DOI Scopus4 Europe PMC1
    2012 Williams, M. T., Petkov, J., Olds, T. S., Cafarella, P., & Frith, P. (2012). A Reduction in the use of volunteered descriptors of air hunger is associated with increased walking distance in people with COPD. Respiratory Care, 57(9), 1431-1441.
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    2012 Cafarella, P., Effing, T., Usmani, Z., & Frith, P. (2012). Treatments for anxiety and depression in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a literature review. Respirology, 17(4), 627-638.
    DOI Scopus76 WoS59 Europe PMC51
    2010 Williams, M., Cafarella, P., Olds, T., Petkov, J., & Frith, P. (2010). Affective descriptors of the sensation of breathlessness are more highly associated with severity of impairment than physical descriptors in people with COPD. Chest, 138(2), 315-322.
    DOI Scopus36 Europe PMC25
    2009 Williams, M. T., Olds, T., Petkov, J., Cafarella, P., & Frith, P. (2009). Response. Chest, 135(4), 1112-1113.
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    2009 Williams, M., Garrard, A., Cafarella, P., Petkov, J., & Frith, P. (2009). Quality of recalled dyspnoea is different from exercise-induced dyspnoea: An experimental study. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 55(3), 177-183.
    DOI Scopus12 Europe PMC6
    2008 Humphreys, K., Cross, G., Frith, P., & Cafarella, P. (2008). Nutritional status and dietary intake of outpatients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nutrition and Dietetics, 65(2), 168-174.
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    2008 Williams, M., Cafarella, P., Olds, T., Petkov, J., & Frith, P. (2008). The language of breathlessness differentiates between patients with COPD and age-matched adults. Chest, 134(3), 489-496.
    DOI Scopus49 Europe PMC27
    2008 Frith, P. A., Cafarella, P. A., & Duffy, J. M. (2008). Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major personal and public health burden in Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 32(2), 139-141.
    DOI Scopus11 Europe PMC9
    2007 Williams, M., Sorich, M., Cafarella, P., & Petkov, J. (2007). Thirty-count breathlessness score: Reliability, sensitivity, specificity and validity. Respirology, 12(5), 724-731.
    DOI Scopus2 Europe PMC2
    2006 Williams, M., De Palma, L., Cafarella, P., & Petkov, J. (2006). Fifteen-Count Breathlessness Score in adults with COPD. Respirology, 11(5), 627-632.
    DOI Scopus4 Europe PMC2
    2001 Cafarella, P. (2001). Psychological status of copd patients and their carers are linked. Respirology, 6(SUPPL. 1).
    2001 Cafarella, P., & Frith, P. (2001). Carers' assessment of patient social adjustment following pulmonary rehabilitation. Respirology, 6(SUPPL. 1).
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2016 ALsubaiei, M., Frith, P. A., Cafarella, P. A., Quinn, S., Al Moamary, M. S., McEvoy, R. D., & Effing, T. W. (2016). Assessing knowledge, adherence and barriers to implement COPD guidelines in COPD care in Saudi Arabia. In EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY JOURNAL Vol. 48 (pp. 2 pages). EUROPEAN RESPIRATORY SOC JOURNALS LTD.
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  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2017 Alsubaiei, M. E., Frith, P. A., Cafarella, P. A., Quinn, S., Al Moamary, M. S., McEvoy, R. D., & Effing, T. W. (2017). EFFECTS OF COPD GUIDELINE TRAINING ON PHYSICIANS' AWARENESS, KNOWLEDGE AND READINESS TO IMPLEMENT GUIDELINES: A CLUSTER RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL. Poster session presented at the meeting of RESPIROLOGY. WILEY.

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