SAPPHIRE (Social Science APPlied to Healthcare Improvement REsearch)

Making social science matter in the world of healthcare

SAPPHIRE aims to improve the quality and safety of care in the NHS and globally. SAPPHIRE members work with both national and international collaborators, and the group is delighted to be a partner in The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute led by Professor Mary Dixon-Woods at the University of Cambridge.

SAPPHIRE’s internationally recognised work uses qualitative methods and theoretical insights from a range of social science disciplines to develop novel and actionable insights to support the practice of healthcare improvement. Particularly renowned for its use of ethnographic methods, SAPPHIRE’s work covers diverse clinical contexts across primary, community, secondary and tertiary care. SAPPHIRE’s distinctive and innovative application of social science theory and methods to practical problems of healthcare quality have led to new insights for professional and policy audiences, and have resulted in high quality academic outputs in world-leading journals and conferences.

Find out how SAPPHIRE uses social science theory and methods to make healthcare as safe and effective as possible.

People

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Publications

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Research Projects

Research Projects
  • Find out more about our diverse research projects which cover wide-ranging issues in health, healthcare, and healthcare research

About our work

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  • Learn more about SAPPHIRE, including the impact of our research and our collaborations with high-profile funding organisations

 


Teaching

Teaching

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Grants and Awards
  • Read SAPPHIRE's latest news items and announcements

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