Rebecca Feo

Rebecca Feo

Adelaide Nursing School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I am passionate about conducting qualitative research that generates practical outcomes related to the provision of health care. My research expertise involves exploring the experiences and perspective of receiver and providers of healthcare, as well as examining, through Conversation Analysis, the ways in which health care and advice are delivered in real-life, naturally occurring interactions. I use these approaches within my current postdoctoral research, which focuses on improving the delivery of fundamental nursing care within acute healthcare systems.

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. My specific 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 current program of research focuses on fundamental nursing care. I lead international research projects designed to understand how the current global deficits in fundamental care can be overcome. Specific projects include testing and refining a conceptual fundamental care framework; developing a concise, robust definition for fundamental care; exploring, and designing interventions to improve, patients’ experiences of fundamental care in acute care settings (a joint project with researchers from Uppsala University, Sweden, is exploring how fundamental care is delivered in hospital for patients with acute abdominal pain); and developing metrics on the nurse-patient relationship, a key driver in the delivery of high-quality fundamental care. These projects will generate clear conceptual understanding and a robust evidence base for fundamental care that can underpin education, policy and practice.

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.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2015 Research and Evaluation Officer Relationships Australia South Australia
    2012 - 2012 Research Assistant University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2015 Award Faculty of Health Sciences Research Travel Award for Early Career Researcher The University of Adelaide Australia $750
    2012 Achievement Dean's Commendation The University of Adelaide Australia
    2010 Award Faculty of Health Sciences Research Committee Postgraduate Travelling Fellowship The University of Adelaide Australia $1500
    2007 Award Australian Psychological Society Prize in Psychology
    2007 Award University Medal The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2008 - 2011 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2004 - 2007 University of Adelaide Australia BPsych (Honours)
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Drioli-Phillips, P., Oxlad, M., LeCouteur, A., Feo, R., & Scholz, B. (2020). Men's Talk About Anxiety Online: Constructing an Authentically Anxious Identity Allows Help-Seeking. Psychology of Men and Masculinity.
    DOI Scopus1
    2020 Conroy, T., Heuzenroeder, L., & Feo, R. (2020). In-hospital interventions for reducing readmissions to acute care for adults aged 65 and over: An umbrella review. International journal for quality in health care : journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care, 32(7), 414-430.
    DOI
    2020 Drioli-Phillips, P., Oxlad, M., Feo, R., Scholz, B., & Le Couteur, A. (2020). “I feel abused by my own mind”: themes of control in men’s online accounts of living with anxiety. Qualitative Health Research, 1-14.
    DOI
    2020 Mudd, A., Feo, R., Conroy, T., & Kitson, A. (2020). Where and how does fundamental care fit within seminal nursing theories: A narrative review and synthesis of key nursing concepts. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 29(19-20), 3652-3666.
    DOI
    2020 Assaye, A. M., Wiechula, R., Schultz, T. J., & Feo, R. (2020). The impact of nurse staffing on patient and nurse workforce outcomes in acute care settings in low- and middle-income countries: a quantitative systematic review.. JBI evidence synthesis.
    DOI
    2020 Feo, R., Conroy, T., Wiechula, R., Rasmussen, P., & Kitson, A. (2020). Instruments measuring behavioural aspects of the nurse–patient relationship: A scoping review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 29(11-12), 1808-1821.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4
    2019 Hunter, S., Riggs, D., & Feo, R. (2019). Australian news media constructions and categorisations of primary caregiving fathers. Discourse and Society, 30(6), 622-635.
    DOI
    2019 Feo, R., Donnelly, F., Muntlin Athlin, Å., & Jangland, E. (2019). Providing high-quality fundamental care for patients with acute abdominal pain: A qualitative study of patients’ experiences in acute care. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 33(1), 110-123.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6 Europe PMC1
    2019 Kerr, F., Wiechula, R., Feo, R., Schultz, T., & Kitson, A. (2019). Neurophysiology of human touch and eye gaze in therapeutic relationships and healing: A scoping review. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 17(2), 209-247.
    DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
    2019 Feo, R., Frensham, L., Conroy, T., & Kitson, A. (2019). “It's just common sense”: preconceptions and myths regarding fundamental care. Nurse Education in Practice, 36, 82-84.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS7 Europe PMC1
    2019 Donnelly, F., Feo, R., Jangland, E., & Muntlin Athlin, A. (2019). The management of patients with acute abdominal pain in the Emergency Department: A qualitative study of nurse perceptions.. Australasian Emergency Care, 22(2), 97-102.
    DOI
    2019 Cole, L., Le Couteur, A., Feo, R., & Dahlen, H. (2019). "Cos you're quite normal, aren't you?": Epistemic and deontic orientations in the presentation of model of care talk in antenatal consultations. Health Communication, OnlinePubl, 11 pages.
    DOI
    2019 Kitson, A., Carr, D., Conroy, T., Feo, R., Grønkjær, M., Huisman-De Waal, G., . . . Wengström, Y. (2019). Speaking up for Fundamental Care: The ILC Aalborg Statement. BMJ Open, 9(12), 6 pages.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS4 Europe PMC1
    2019 Assaye, A. M., Wiechula, R., Schultz, T. J., & Feo, R. (2019). Nurse staffing models in medical-surgical units of acute care settings: A cross-sectional study.. Int J Nurs Pract, 26(1), e12812.
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    2019 Cole, L., LeCouteur, A., Feo, R., & Dahlen, H. (2019). “Trying to give birth naturally was out of the question”: Accounting for intervention in childbirth. Women and Birth, 32(1), e95-e101.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2018 Feo, R., Donnelly, F., Frensham, L., Conroy, T., & Kitson, A. (2018). Embedding fundamental care in the pre-registration nursing curriculum: results from a pilot study. Nurse Education in Practice, 31, 20-28.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS9 Europe PMC2
    2018 Feo, R., Conroy, T., Wiechula, R., Rasmussen, P., Frensham, L., & Kitson, A. (2018). Instruments measuring behavioral aspects of the nurse-patient relationship: A scoping review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 16(10), 1939-1946.
    DOI Scopus1
    2018 Alderman, J., Kastelein, C., Feo, R., Frensham, L., Salamon, Y., & Kitson, A. (2018). Prioritizing the fundamentals of care within the prelicensure nursing curriculum. Journal of Nursing Education, 57(8), 498-501.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS5 Europe PMC1
    2018 Assaye, A., Wiechula, R., Schultz, T., & Feo, R. (2018). Impact of nurse staffing on patient and nurse workforce outcomes in acute care settings in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 16(12), 2260-2267.
    DOI
    2018 Feo, R., Conroy, T., Jangland, E., Muntlin Athlin, A., Brovall, M., Parr, J., . . . Kitson, A. (2018). Towards a standardised definition for fundamental care: A modified Delphi study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(11-12), 2285-2299.
    DOI Scopus30 WoS27 Europe PMC10
    2018 Huisman-de Waal, G., Feo, R., Vermeulen, H., & Heinen, M. (2018). Students' perspectives on basic nursing care education.. Journal of clinical nursing, 27(11-12), 2450-2459.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS10 Europe PMC3
    2018 Feo, R., Kitson, A., & Conroy, T. (2018). How fundamental aspects of nursing care are defined in the literature: a scoping review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(11-12), 2189-2229.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS16 Europe PMC3
    2017 Feo, R., Rasmussen, P., Wiechula, R., Conroy, T., & Kitson, A. (2017). Developing effective and caring nurse-patient relationships. Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987), 31(28), 54-63.
    DOI Scopus22 Europe PMC8
    2017 Feo, R., Conroy, T., Alderman, J., & Kitson, A. (2017). Implementing fundamental care in clinical practice.. Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987), 31(32), 52-62.
    DOI Scopus7 Europe PMC3
    2017 Conroy, T., Feo, R., Boucaut, R., Alderman, J., & Kitson, A. (2017). Role of effective nurse-patient relationships in enhancing patient safety. Nursing Standard, 31(49), 53-63.
    DOI Scopus7 Europe PMC2
    2017 Feo, R., & Le Couteur, A. (2017). Dealing with third-party complaints on a men’s relationship-counselling helpline. Discourse Studies: an interdisciplinary journal for the study of text and talk, 19(2), 131-147.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS2
    2017 Feo, R., Conroy, T., Marshall, R., Rasmussen, P., Wiechula, R., & Kitson, A. (2017). Using holistic interpretive synthesis to create practice-relevant guidance for person-centred fundamental care delivered by nurses. Nursing Inquiry, 24(2), 11 pages.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS22 Europe PMC10
    2016 Feo, R., & Kitson, A. (2016). Promoting patient-centred fundamental care in acute healthcare systems. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 57, 1-11.
    DOI Scopus77 WoS75 Europe PMC38
    2016 Kerr, F., Wiechula, R., Feo, R., Schultz, T., & Kitson, A. (2016). The neurophysiology of human touch and eye gaze and its effects on therapeutic relationships and healing: a scoping review protocol. JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 14(4), 60-66.
    DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
    2013 Feo, R., & Le Couteur, A. (2013). 'I Just Want to Talk': Establishing reason for call on a men's counselling helpline. Australian Feminist Studies, 28(75), 65-80.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS5
    2011 Le Couteur, A., & Feo, R. (2011). Real-time communication during play: Analysis of team-mates' talk and interaction. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 12(2), 124-134.
    DOI Scopus33 WoS31
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2016 Conroy, T., Feo, R., Alderman, J., & Kitson, A. (2016). Building nursing practice: the Fundamentals of Care Framework. In J. Crisp, C. Douglas, G. Rebeiro, & D. Waters (Eds.), Potter & Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing: Australian version (5 ed., pp. 15-29). Australia: Elsevier.
    2016 Feo, R., Conroy, T., Alderman, J., & Kitson, A. (2016). Engaging patients and keeping them safe. In J. Crisp, C. Douglas, G. Rebeiro, & D. Waters (Eds.), Potter & Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing (5 ed., pp. 30-44). Australia: Elsevier.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2019 Grivell, N., Feo, R., Vakulin, A., Hoon, E., Zwar, N., Stocks, N., . . . Chai-Coetzer, C. (2019). Sleep health management within primary care: Knowledge, experiences and attitudes of Australian general practice nurses. Poster session presented at the meeting of JOURNAL OF SLEEP RESEARCH. Sydney, AUSTRALIA: WILEY.
    2019 Grivell, N., Feo, R., Vakulin, A., Hoon, E., Zwar, N., Stocks, N., . . . Chai-Coetzer, C. (2019). SLEEP HEALTH MANAGEMENT WITHIN PRIMARY CARE: AN INTERPRETIVE DESCRIPTION OF THE KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCES AND ATTITUDES OF AUSTRALIAN GENERAL PRACTICE NURSES.. Poster session presented at the meeting of SLEEP MEDICINE. ELSEVIER.
    2016 Feo, R. R. (2016). Using holistic interpretive synthesis to create practice-relevant guidance. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Learning Collaborative Annual Conference. Oxford University, UK.
    2015 Feo, R. R., & Le Couteur, A. (2015). Dealing with third-party complaints and caller distress on a solution-focused helpline. Poster session presented at the meeting of 14th International Pragmatics Association Conference. Antwerp, Belgium.
    2014 Feo, R. R. (2014). Advice resistance on a men’s relationship-counselling helpline: An interactional tug-of-war. Poster session presented at the meeting of Men, Health and Wellbeing: Critical Insights Conference. Leeds, UK.
    2010 Feo, R. R. (2010). Announcing Problems on a Men’s Relationship Counselling Helpline: The Interactional Organisation of Callers’ Troubles Narratives and Counsellors’ Institutional Responses. Poster session presented at the meeting of the 3rd International Conference on Conversation Analysis. Mannheim, Germany.
Grants & Funding
2017 Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Research Travel Awards $3000AUD
2015 Faculty of Health Sciences Research Travel Award for Early Career Researchers $750AUD
2010 Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Travelling Fellowship $1500 AUD

 

Teaching
Previous
2013-2015 First year Psychology (Personality)
2015 Honours Psychology (Gender and Psychology)
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 Co-Supervisor Determinants for Nursing Sensitive Patients' Safety Outcome Among Admitted Patients Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ashagre Molla Assaye
    2017 Co-Supervisor Male discourses of depression and help seeking Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Phoebe Grace Drioli-Phillips
    2016 Co-Supervisor Disaster Mental Health: The Role of Media in Promoting Mental Health Preparedness in Disaster Management Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Dewi Retno Pamungkas

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