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Dr Rajvinder Samra

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Health and Social Care
  • rajvinder.samra

Professional biography

I am a Lecturer in Health in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care at The Open University. 

My educational background is in Psychology (BSc, University of Manchester), Occupational Psychology (MSc, University of Nottingham) and Applied Psychology (PhD, University of Nottingham). My PhD explored doctors' and medical students' attitudes toward older patients and their care in healthcare settings. I have an interest in healthcare professionals' attitudes and expectations in the workplace and how this influences care quality and safety. I am also interested in notions of professionalism in healthcare, including expectations of providing empathy in care and the link with professional burnout. My previous role in the School of Medicine at Imperial College London involved human factors in primary care patient safety in North-West London. 

I am registered with the British Psychological Society as a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) and am a registered test-user for BPS Occupational Ability and Occupational Personality psychometric tests (NEO-Revised Personality Inventory).

Research interests

Healthcare professionals' education and training: Teaching empathy to healthcare professionals; gender in the medical workplace; experiential non-clinical skills training in medicine.

Older people and older patients: attitudes toward older patients and the provision of their health and social care.

Patient safety and quality of care: monitoring patient safety in primary care; identifying and prioritising safety and quality concerns in healthcare settings.

Attitudes research (qualitative and quantitative): the unidimensional or tripartite model of attitudes; stereotype/content model; attitudinal questionnaire measures.

Review methodology: Conducting and writing reviews; synthesising healthcare services research literature.

Teaching interests

I am writing content for K102 'It's all about care' and am a module chair for K235 'Dementia care'


Gender-responsive education and training approaches to improving physician well-being (2019-03)
Samra, Rajvinder
Medical Education, 53(3) (pp. 210-218)
The world at their fingertips? The mental wellbeing of online distance-based law students (2019)
Jones, Emma; Samra, Rajvinder and Lucassen, Mathijs
The Law Teacher, 53(1) (pp. 49-69)
Fostering empathy in clinical teaching and learning environments: A unified approach (2019)
Samra, Rajvinder and Jones, Emma
Australian Journal of Clinical Education ((In Press))
Brief history of burnout (2018-12-27)
Samra, Rajvinder
BMJ, 363, Article k5268
How LGBT+ Young People Use the Internet in Relation to Their Mental Health and Envisage the Use of e-Therapy: Exploratory Study (2018-12-21)
Lucassen, Mathijs; Samra, Rajvinder; Iacovides, Ioanna; Fleming, Theresa; Shepherd, Matthew; Stasiak, Karolina and Wallace, Louise
JMIR Serious Games, 6, Article e11249(4)
Empathy and Burnout in medicine – acknowledging risks and opportunities (2018-07)
Samra, Rajvinder
Journal of General Internal Medicine, 33(7) (pp. 991-993)
Comparing knowledge and attitudes to dementia care in Brazilian and UK GPs to guide future decisions about educational interventions (2018)
Jacinto, Alessandro Ferrari; Gordon, Adam Lee; Samra, Rajvinder; Steiner, Ana Beatriz; Mayoral, Vania Ferreira de Sá and Citero, Vanessa de Albuquerque
Gerontology and Geriatrics Education ((Early Access))
Factors related to medical students’ and doctors’ attitudes towards older patients: A systematic review (2017-11-01)
Samra, Rajvinder; Cox, Tom; Gordon, Adam L; Conroy, Simon; Lucassen, Mathijs and Griffiths, Amanda
Age and Ageing, 46(6) (pp. 911-919)
Sexual minority youth and depressive symptoms or depressive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis of population-based studies (2017-08-01)
Lucassen, Mathijs F.G.; Stasiak, Karolina; Samra, Rajvinder; Frampton, Christopher M.A. and Merry, Sally N.
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 51(8) (pp. 774-787)
Identification of priorities for improvement of medication safety in primary care: a PRIORITIZE study (2016-11-16)
Tudor Car, Lorainne; Papachristou, Nikolaos; Gallagher, Joseph; Samra, Rajvinder; Wazny, Kerri; El-Khatib, Mona; Bull, Adrian; Majeed, Azeem; Aylin, Paul; Atun, Rifat; Rudan, Igor; Car, Josip; Bell, Helen; Vincent, Charles and Dean Franklin, Bryony
BMC Family Practice, 17(160)
How to monitor patient safety in primary care? Healthcare professionals’ views (2016-08-01)
Samra, R.; Car, J.; Majeed, A.; Vincent, C. and Aylin, P.
JRSM Open, 7(8) (pp. 1-8)
Medical students’ and doctors’ attitudes towards older patients and their care in hospital settings: a conceptualisation (2015-09-15)
Samra, Rajvinder; Griffiths, Amanda; Cox, Tom; Conroy, Simon; Gordon, Adam and Gladman, John R. F.
Age and Ageing, 44(5) (pp. 776-783)
Monitoring patient safety in primary care: an exploratory study using in-depth semistructured interviews (2015-09-10)
Samra, Rajvinder; Bottle, Alex and Aylin, Paul
BMJ Open, 5, Article e008128(9)
Equipping tomorrow's doctors for the patients of today (2014-07)
Oakley, Rachel; Pattinson, Joanne; Goldberg, Sarah; Daunt, Laura; Samra, Rajvinder; Masud, Tahi; Gladman, John R. F.; Blundell, Adrian G. and Gordon, Adam L.
Age and Ageing, 43(4) (pp. 442-447)
Changes in medical student and doctor attitudes toward older adults after an intervention: a systematic review (2013-07)
Samra, Rajvinder; Griffiths, Amanda; Cox, Tom; Conroy, Simon and Knight, Alec
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61(7) (pp. 1188-1196)
'A Support Net': Evaluating a novel mental health-related online educational tool (2019-02-13)
Lucassen, Mathijs F.G.; Samra, Rajvinder; Axtell-Powell, Georgia and Cooke, Georgina
In : International Society for Research on Internet Interventions - ISRII: The Next Generation (13-15 Feb 2019, Auckland, New Zealand)
What Factors Are Related to Medical Students’ and Doctors’ Attitudes Towards Older Patients? (2017-06-30)
Samra, Rajvinder; Cox, Tom; Gordon, Adam; Conroy, Simon; Lucassen, Mathijs and Griffiths, Amanda
In : 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (23-27 Jul 2017, San Francisco, California)
Monitoring patient safety in North-West London primary care (2015-07-01)
Samra, Rajvinder; Bottle, Alex and Aylin, Paul
In : Health Services Research Network (HSRN) Symposium (1-2 Jul, Nottingham)
Prioritize: asking healthcare professionals about patient safety priorities in primary care (2014-10-07)
Samra, Rajvinder; Tudor Car, Lorraine; Aylin, Paul and Majeed, Azeem
In : International Society for Quality in Healthcare 31st International Conference: Quality and Safety Along the Health and Social Care Continuum (5-8 Oct 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)