Biography

Dr Ashworth studied medicine at the Universities of St Andrews (BSc Med Sci. 1987) and Manchester (MB ChB 1990). After qualifying, she completed specialist training in Anaesthesia, becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and was appointed as a Consultant at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in 1998. Dr Ashworth later specialised in Pain Medicine. She is a fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine and has worked full-time in Pain Medicine since 2009.

Julie joined Keele in 2008 as a part time researcher, then Honorary Senior Lecturer and was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2017. She continues to work clinically as a Consultant in Pain Medicine and is Clinical Lead for the IMPACT Community Pain Service, Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust, in North Staffordshire.

Julie’s research is inspired by her clinical work and focuses on improving care for patients with chronic pain and reducing harm from analgesics. She currently co-leads a major research programme to reduce inappropriate opioid prescribing for chronic pain.

Research and scholarship

Dr Ashworth is Principle Investigator and co-lead for the PROMPPT programme funded by the National Institute for Health Research [Programme Grant for Applied Research RP-PG-0617-20005]). PROMPPT aims to develop and test a clinical pharmacist-led intervention to reduce opioids, where appropriate, and support self-management of chronic pain in primary care. She is also Chief Investigator on a study investigating trends in gabapentinoid prescribing and the association between gabapentinoids and adverse events in the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, funded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme [PB-PG-1217-20011].

Teaching

Dr Ashworth teaches on the AHP Independent Prescriber Course and has given invited lectures on chronic pain management and use of analgesics to doctors and allied health professionals at events locally, nationally and internationally.

Selected Publications

  • Appleyard T, Ashworth J, Bedson J, Yu D, Peat G. 2019. Trends in gabapentinoid prescribing in patients with osteoarthritis: a United Kingdom national cohort study in primary care. Osteoarthritis Cartilage, 1437-1444, vol. 27(10). link> doi> full text>
  • Vowles KE, Sowden G, Ashworth J. 2014. A comprehensive examination of the model underlying acceptance and commitment therapy for chronic pain. Behav Ther, 390-401, vol. 45(3). link> doi>
  • Vowles KE, McCracken LM, Sowden G, Ashworth J. 2014. Psychological flexibility in coping with chronic pain: further examination of the brief pain coping inventory-2. Clin J Pain, 324-330, vol. 30(4). link> doi>
  • Vowles KE, Witkiewitz K, Sowden G, Ashworth J. 2014. Acceptance and commitment therapy for chronic pain: evidence of mediation and clinically significant change following an abbreviated interdisciplinary program of rehabilitation. J Pain, 101-113, vol. 15(1). link> doi>
  • Ashworth J, Green DJ, Dunn KM, Jordan KP. 2013. Opioid use among low back pain patients in primary care: Is opioid prescription associated with disability at 6-month follow-up?. Pain, 1038-1044, vol. 154(7). link> doi> full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Appleyard T, Ashworth J, Bedson J, Yu D, Peat G. 2019. Trends in gabapentinoid prescribing in patients with osteoarthritis: a United Kingdom national cohort study in primary care. Osteoarthritis Cartilage, 1437-1444, vol. 27(10). link> doi> full text>
  • Vowles KE, Sowden G, Ashworth J. 2014. A comprehensive examination of the model underlying acceptance and commitment therapy for chronic pain. Behav Ther, 390-401, vol. 45(3). link> doi>
  • Vowles KE, McCracken LM, Sowden G, Ashworth J. 2014. Psychological flexibility in coping with chronic pain: further examination of the brief pain coping inventory-2. Clin J Pain, 324-330, vol. 30(4). link> doi>
  • Vowles KE, Witkiewitz K, Sowden G, Ashworth J. 2014. Acceptance and commitment therapy for chronic pain: evidence of mediation and clinically significant change following an abbreviated interdisciplinary program of rehabilitation. J Pain, 101-113, vol. 15(1). link> doi>
  • Ashworth J, Green DJ, Dunn KM, Jordan KP. 2013. Opioid use among low back pain patients in primary care: Is opioid prescription associated with disability at 6-month follow-up?. Pain, 1038-1044, vol. 154(7). link> doi> full text>
  • Ashworth J, Konstantinou K, Dunn KM. 2011. Prognostic factors in non-surgically treated sciatica: a systematic review. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 208, vol. 12. doi> full text>
  • Vowles KE and Ashworth J. 2011. Is opioid withdrawal necessary within comprehensive pain rehabilitation programs?. Pain, 1948-1950, vol. 152(9). link> doi>
  • Ashworth J and Smith I. 1998. Comparison of desflurane with isoflurane or propofol in spontaneously breathing ambulatory patients. Anesth Analg, 312-318, vol. 87(2). link> doi>
  • Smith I and Ashworth J. 1997. Evaluation of desflurane anesthesia in spontaneously-breathing outpatients. ANESTHESIOLOGY, A6, vol. 87(3). link> doi>

Other

  • Vowles K, Ashworth J, Beachill D, Graham C, Packham J, Sowden G, Stanyer N. 2010. The following abstracts were presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Pain Society in Manchester, April 2010. ANAESTHESIA (pp. 1050-1051, vol. 65). link>

Book Chapters

Ashworth J. Medical diseases influencing anaesthesia. Ch 1.2 in Lee’s Synopsis of Anaesthesia 13th Edition Elsevier 2006