Dr Rachel Garrod

School: Rehabilitation Sciences

Job Title: Visiting Reader in Physiotherapy



Rachel graduated from Guy's Hospital School of Physiotherapy in 1991 and later worked at St Thomas' Hospital and The Royal London Hospitals, specialising in respiratory and cardiac physiotherapy. In 1995 she joined The London Chest Hospital as a research physiotherapist, where she undertook an MSc in Health Sciences and developed a tool to assess dyspnoea during activities of daily living in people with COPD. This led to further research towards a PhD, and her PhD thesis: 'Strategies To Improve The Effectiveness Of Pulmonary Rehabilitation In Patients With Severe COPD', generated much published material.

Rachel joined Kingston & St George's School of Rehabilitation Sciences in 2000. Presently she supervises a number of PhD and MSc students and is principal investigator for a number of research projects. She is co-chair of the Exercise Research in Inflammatory Conditions Group (ERIC), which supports a portfolio of research concerning exercise and its effects in a variety of inflammatory conditions, COPD, lung and breast cancer, and multiple myeloma. Other collaborative studies under the ERIC umbrella include the evaluation of psychological interventions aimed at increasing exercise adherence in COPD and assessment of cardiovascular risk in cystic fibrosis.

She is editor of 'Pulmonary Rehabilitation: An Interdisciplinary Approach' and Chair of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care. She sat on the guideline development panel for the National Institute of Clinical Effectiveness (NICE) COPD guidelines and is a member of the British Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society. She is deputy editor for Physiotherapy Research International and regularly contributes to international conferences as chair and speaker.

Research interests

Management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); pulmonary rehabilitation programmes and programmes of exercise and education for patients with chronic disease process (recovering cancer patients and multiple myeloma patients); outcome measurement, evaluation of physiotherapy practices and oxygen usage.


Number of items: 20.


Lewko, Agnieszka, Bidgood, Penelope L., Jewell, Andy and Garrod, Rachel (2014) Evaluation of multidimensional COPD-related subjective fatigue following a Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme. Respiratory Medicine, 108(1), pp. 95-102. ISSN (print) 0954-6111

Groeneveldt, Lara, Mein, Gill, Garrod, Rachel, Jewell, Andrew P, Van Someren, Ken, Stephens, Richard, D’Sa, Shirley P and Yong, Kwee L (2013) A mixed exercise training programme is feasible and safe and may improve quality of life and muscle strength in multiple myeloma survivors. BMC Cancer, 13(1), e31-e31. ISSN (online) 1471-2407

Hull, James H., Ansley, Les, Bolton, Charlotte E., Sharman, James E., Knight, Ronald K., Cockcroft, John R., Shale, Dennis J. and Garrod, Rachel (2011) The effect of exercise on large artery haemodynamics in cystic fibrosis. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, 10(2), pp. 121-127. ISSN (print) 1569-1993

Hull, J.H., Garrod, R., Ho, T.B., Knight, R.K., Cockcroft, J.R., Shale, D.J. and Bolton, C.E. (2009) Increased augmentation index in patients with cystic fibrosis. European Respiratory Journal, 34(6), pp. 1322-1328. ISSN (print) 0903-1936

Lewko, Agnieszka, Bidgood, Penelope L and Garrod, Rachel (2009) Evaluation of psychological and physiological predictors of fatigue in patients with COPD. BMC Pulmonary Medicine, 9(1), ISSN (online) 1471-2466

Garrod, Rachel, Marshall, Johanna and Jones, Fiona (2008) Self efficacy measurement and goal attainment after pulmonary rehabilitation. The International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 3(4), pp. 791-796. ISSN (print) 1176-9106

Garrod, Rachel, Ansley, Paula, Canavan, Jane and Jewell, Andy (2007) Exercise and the inflammatory response in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): does training confer anti-inflammatory properties in COPD? Medical Hypotheses, 68(2), pp. 291-298. ISSN (print) 0306-9877

Canavan, Jane, Garrod, Rachel, Marshall, Johanna, Jackson, David, Ansley, Paula and Jewell, Andy (2007) Measurement of the acute inflammatory response to walking exercise in COPD: effects of pulmonary rehabilitation. The International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 2(3), pp. 347-353. ISSN (print) 1176-9106

Cananvan, Jane, Robson-Ansley, Paula, Garrod, Rachel and Jewell, Andy (2006) Inflammatory response to exercise in COPD. Respiratory Medicine, 100(6), pp. 1125-1126. ISSN (print) 0954-6111

Garrod, R., Dallimore, K., Cook, J., Davies, V. and Quade, K. (2005) An evaluation of the acute impact of pursed lips breathing on walking distance in nonspontaneous pursed lips breathing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. Chronic Respiratory Disease, 2(2), pp. 67-72. ISSN (print) 1479-9723

Hewitt, JA, Mokbel, K, Van Someren, KA, Jewell, AP and Garrod, R (2005) Exercise for breast cancer survival: the effect on cancer risk and cancer-related fatigue (CRF). International Journal of Fertility and Womens Medicine, 50(5), pp. 231-239. ISSN (print) 1534-892X

Garrod, Rachel (2005) National Institute for Clinical Effectiveness: guidelines for management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Journal of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care, 37, pp. 65-67.

Garrod, Rachel, Ford, Katie, Daly, Cecilia, Hoareau, Clare, Howard, Michael and Simmonds, Claire (2004) Pulmonary rehabilitation: analysis of a clinical service. Physiotherapy Research International, 9(3), pp. 111-120. ISSN (print) 1358-2267

Baines, S, Garrod, Rachel and Morgan, M (2003) Standards for outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation. Journal of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care, 36, pp. 44-47.

Garrod, R, Daly, C and Horeau, C (2003) The effects of pursed lip breathing on exercise capacity and breathlessness in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Journal of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (ACPRC), 36, pp. 29-32.

Morgan, MDL, Calverley, PMA, Clark, CJ, Davidson, AC, Garrod, R, Goldman, JM, Griffiths, TL, Roberts, E, Sawicka, E, Singh, SJ, Wallace, L and White, R (2001) Pulmonary rehabilitation: British Thoracic Society Standards of Care Subcommittee on Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Thorax, 56(11), pp. 827-834. ISSN (print) 0040-6376

Garrod, Rachel and Bestall, Janine (2001) Pulmonary rehabilitation: a physiological and psychological perspective. Critical Reviews in Physical and Rehabiliation Medicine, 13(4), pp. 265-281. ISSN (print) 0896-2960

Conference or Workshop Item

Summers, Rachael, Ballinger, Claire, Nikoletou, Dimitra, Garrod, Rachel and Leontowitsch, Miranda (2013) 'I don't have the luxury of time': Influences on collaborative goal-setting with people with stable COPD: respiratory physiotherapists' views. In: Physiotherapy UK 2013 Conference & Trade Exhibition; 11-12 Oct 2013, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Summers, Rachael, Ballinger, Claire, Nikoletou, Dimitra, Garrod, Rachel and Leontowitsch, Miranda (2013) A 'Light at the end of the tunnel' or a 'Tick box exercise'? Respiratory physiotherapists' perspectives on goal setting. In: Physiotherapy UK 2013 Conference & Trade Exhibition; 11-12 Oct 2013, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Canavan, Jane L., Marshall, Johanna, Jackson, David, Fredericks, Salim, Lewko, Agnieszka and Garrod, Rachel (2006) A pilot study of the serum cytokine (IL-6 and TNF-[alpha]) and C-reactive protein response to fixed acute exercise before and after a 7-week rehabilitation programme in COPD patients. In: European Respiratory Society Annual Congress; 02 - 06 Sep 2006, Munich, Germany. (Unpublished)

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