Social Science Applied to Health Improvement Research (SAPPHIRE) PhD, MD, and MPhil Supervisors

Dr Natalie Armstrong

  • Healthcare improvement research, particularly drawing on social science theory and methods
  • Population-based screening
  • Women’s and children’s health
  • Overdiagnosis, overtreatment, and overuse

Dr Helen Eborall

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Development and evaluation of complex interventions in healthcare
  • Migration and healthcare
  • Patient safety and quality improvement

Dr Nicola Mackintosh

  • contribution of patients and families to safety, particularly regarding escalation of care for life threatening illness
  • Service boundaries and their implications for patient journeys, safety and quality
  • e-health technologies and telemedicine, and changing patient-provider relationships
  • role of measurement in improvement and implementation science
  • ethnographies of health care work

Dr Carolyn Tarrant

  • Influences on staff and patient behaviours related to prevention of healthcare associated infections and optimisation of antibiotic use
  • Patient experience of quality and safety in healthcare
  • Theory-based intervention development & evaluation
  • Qualitative Research; ethnography

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