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Dr Arietta Spinou

Lecturer in Physiotherapy

Health, Sport and Bioscience

I am a specialist respiratory physiotherapist and active researcher.

    Dr Arietta Spinou is a Lecturer in Physiotherapy with a strong academic background and advanced clinical experience. She acquired a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, TEI of Athens, Greece and completed part of her clinical placements in Finland through the Erasmus Programme. She holds a PhD in Respiratory Medicine, King’s College London, and an MSc in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy, UCL, both degrees were funded by the Greek State Scholarships Organisation (IKY). Arietta’s PhD research focused on the assessment of health status and cough in bronchiectasis. She has also obtained significant clinical experience since 2007 and her most recent roles were Senior Respiratory Physiotherapist at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist at Whittington Hospital, NHS. Additionally, she holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Arietta is a founding member of the Greek Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Section (TKAFA) committee, Panhellenic Physiotherapists Association, and was the Lead of the Respiratory Group for approximately 3 years. She has presented her work in many national and international conferences and started teaching as physiology demonstrator at King’s College London and guest lecturer in Greece and UK. Her research interests include cough physiology and outcome measures, airway clearance mechanisms, cough assisted techniques, quality of life, bronchiectasis, and the Rasch statistical analysis. She has been involved in all parts of research planning and development and loves discussing research ideas with colleagues.



    Overview

    Publications:

    For list of published papers please visit Publications tab.

     

    Conferences and Workshops:

    Spinou A
    . (2016) Cough frequency in bronchiectasis. In: Jessenius Faculty of Medicine. “Martin Days of Respirology”; June 2016, Martin, Slovakia.

    Spinou A
    , Pepera G, Peristeropoulos A, Christakou A and Laoutaris I. (2016) Development, management and leadership in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy: Α case study from Greece. In: European Region - World Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress; November 2016, Liverpool, UK.

    Spinou A
    , Siegert R, Patel A, Lee KK, Elston C, Loebinger M, Wilson R, Garrod R, and Birring SS. (2016) The development and validation of the Bronchiectasis Health Questionnaire (BHQ). In: International European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress; September 2016, London, UK.

    Spinou A
    , Williams N, Garrod R, Siegert R, Cotta G, Niimi A, Dupont L, Dupont L, Guan W, Kulnick S, Heitmann A, Acquardo C, and Birring SS. (2016) Translation of the Bronchiectasis Health Questionnaire (BHQ) using validated methods. In: International European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress; September 2016, London, UK.

    Spinou A. (2015) Clinical guidelines for airway clearance. In: Rehaspring Conference “Fyzioterapie bez hranic”; November 2015. Celakovicich - Prague, Czech Republic.

    Spinou A, Garrod R, Lee KK, Elston C, Loebinger MR, Chung KF, Wilson R and Birring SS. (2014) Objective cough frequency monitoring in bronchiectasis. In: British Thoracic Society (BTS) Winter Meeting; December 2014, London, UK.

    Spinou A, Frangos KC, Garrod R and Birring S. (2014) A meta-analysis of Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) in Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis (NCFB): Αssociation with clinical outcomes. In: International European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress; September 2014, Munich, Germany.

    Spinou A, Lee KK, Elston C, Garrod R and Birring SS. (2014) Systematic review of the validity of Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) questionnaires in Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis (NCFB). In: International European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress; September 2014, Munich, Germany.

    Grammatopoulou E, Nikolovgenis N, Skordilis E, Evangelodimou A, Haniotou A, Tsamis N and Spinou A. (2014) Validity and reliability of General Self-Efficacy Scale in asthma patients. In: International European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress; September 2014, Munich, Germany.

    Vasudevan S, Maddocks M, Chamberlain M, Spinou A, Wood C, Jolley C and Birring SS. (2013) Physical Inactivity in Sarcoidosis. In: British Thoracic Society (BTS) Winter Meeting; December 2013, London, UK.

    Grammatopoulou E, Skordilis E, Evangelodimou A, Haniotou A, Spinou A, Tsamis N and Belibassaki V. (2013) Validity and reliability evidence of the Nijmegen questionnaire in asthma. In: International European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress; September 2013, Barcelona, Spain.

    Spinou A
    , Patel ΑS, Garrod R, Elston C, Loebinger M, Wilson R and Birring SS. (2013) Understanding patients' experience of living with non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis. In: International European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress; September 2013, Barcelona, Spain.

    Spinou A. (2012) Research priorities for the effectiveness of manually assisted cough: an online questionnaire addressed to UK physiotherapists. In: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Conference UK Physio; October 2012, Liverpool, UK.

    Spinou A. (2012) A literature review for the effectiveness of the manually assisted cough. In: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Conference (CSP) UK Physio; October 2012, Liverpool, UK.

    Patel ΑS, Spinou A, Keir G, Siegert RJ, Maher TM, Renzoni EA, Wells AU, Higginson IJ and Birring SS. (2012) Assessing sarcoidosis: The King's Sarcoidosis Questionnaire and the minimal important difference. In: International European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress; September 2012, Vienna, Austria.


    Collaborators

    Research

    The objective assessment of cough frequency in bronchiectasis.

    Spinou, A; Lee, KK; Sinha, A; Elston, C; Loebinger, MR; Wilson, R; Chung, KF; Yousaf, N; Pavord, ID; Matos, S; Garrod, R; Birring, SS. 2017. Lung. In press.

    The development and validation of the Bronchiectasis Health Questionnaire.

    Spinou, A; Siegert, RJ; Guan, W; Patel, AS; Gosker, HR; Lee, KK; Elston, C; Loebinger, MR; Wilson, R; Garrod, R; Birring, SS. 2017. European Respiratory Journal. 49: 1601532.

    The validity of health-related quality of life questionnaires in bronchiectasis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

    Spinou, A; Fragkos, KC; Lee, KK; Elson, C; Sieggert, RJ; Loebinger, MR; Wilson, R; Garrod, R; Birring, SS. 2016. Thorax. 71: 683-694.

    How best to measure cough clinically.

    Birring, SS; Spinou, A. 2015. Current Opinion in Pharmacology. 22: 37-40.

    An update on measurement and monitoring of cough: what are the important study endpoints?

    Spinou, A; Birring SS. 2014. Journal of Thoracic Disease. 6: S728-S734 .

    Physiotherapy assessment of patients with non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis: Current clinical practice and ongoing research. (In Greek)

    Spinou, A. 2013. Epitheorese Klinikes Farmakologias kai Farmakokinetikes. 3: 220-226.

    Publications


    Funding

    Professional memberships:
    British Thoracic Society (BTS)
    European Respiratory Society (ERS)
    Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
    Pan-Hellenic Physiotherapists Association
    The European Bronchiectasis Registry (EMBARC)


    Journals:
    European Respiratory Journal (ERJ), Thomson Reuters
    Chronic Respiratory Disease, SAGE
    Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology, Elsevier
    Journal of Infection, Elsevier
    Journal of Clinical Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology

    Conferences:
    Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Physiotherapy UK 2017
    Volunteer translator for the European Lung Foundation (English-Greek).

    Interests

    Portfolio

    BSc 

    PT5101 Cardiopulmonary Health

    PT6103 Complex Practice and Ongoing Care

    PT61001 Process and Conduct of Research

    PT5005 Research Methods

    MSc

    HS7100 Epidemiology Theory and Practice

    Teaching