I began my research career as a qualitative researcher. Over the years, I have continued to favour qualitative methods in primary research, but also see the value of, and frequently use, mixed methods. About ten years ago, after talking to a colleague who was at a loss to account for the disparity in the findings of her systematic review, we embarked on a synthesis of relevant qualitative evidence that might help to explain the disparity. That experience convinced me of two things: the value of evidence reviews and the need for effectiveness interventions to include process evaluations. SInce then, I have been involved in both.
Broadly speaking, I undertake research in health and social care. Substantively, the range can be quite wide, primarily because the drive for involvement is methodological. However, I maintain a particular interest in palliative and end-of-life care, critical care and mental health and well-being. Within these areas, the focus can be on children and young people, and adults. Underpinning much of my work is an awareness of the need to make research count, and to do so in ways that maintain a critical and constructive stance.
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Co-investigator||01 Apr 2022||31 Mar 2023||Marie Curie|
This is a project aiming to find out how the Ambitions Framework (for palliative and end of life care) have been understood, interpreted, and applied in a range of contexts.