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Research interests


I joined the Centre of Academic Primary Care (CAPC) in March 2009. I use stand alone and applied evidence synthesis to answer health and health provision questions.

My research focuses on health services research at the primary health care and secondary health care interface and cancer survivorship as well as complementary approaches to health care.


Primary health care and secondary health care interface 


Community care

Recently completed projects: 

  •  A James Lind Alliance Priority setting partnership for patients with advanced heart failure. (NIHR-SPCR)
  • An exploratory study on patient-orientated discharge summaries (PODS) for the older population. (Elixabeth Blackwell Institute)

Current project :

  • Heart failure and fatigue : a systematic review and meta-analysis (NIHR-SPCR) 

Hospital admissions 

Recently completed project:

  •  A meta-review of health and social care interventions for the older population focusing on hospital admissions, timely discahrge and patient's quality of life. (NIHR-SPCR)


Hospital referrals

Current project: 

PLANET (PI Marcus Drake) looking at non-urological causes of nocturia with the aim of improving referrals. (NIHR-RfPB)

Supportive care for cancer patients  

Recently completed projects 

  • Mixed methods project (ESOPS) looking at supportive care for men with prostate cancer (NIHR-RfPB)

Current projects 

  • Pilot feasibility RCT of Mistletoe And Breast cancer (MAB).(Society for cancer research, Switzerland) 
  • Exploratory study on Oral Mistletoe And breast Cancer (OMAC)



I am a graduate the University of Bath and was awarded my PhD from the Institute of Child Health (UCL) in 1996.  I held previous appointments at the University of Leicester (1996-1999) and the University of Exeter (1999-2006).  I have contributed to several NICE guidance whilst working at the National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and children’s Health (2006-2009). I have also worked in health care consultancy.



Evidence synthesis 

I have extensive experience of systematic review and evidence synthesis methodology. I have a special interest in mixed methods synthesis reviews and has published an exemplar paper of synthesis of quantitative and qualitative data.

  • Meta-analysis
  • Thematic synthesis
  • Mixed methods synthesis (sequential & integrated)
  • Rapid reviews
  • Overviews (umbrella reviews)

Patient involvement and health professional consultation

  • Patient and public involvement (PPI) and health professional consultation has been a part of my stand alone and applied evidence synthesis projects since 2011. 





SC projects Year 2 and year 3 medical students 


Other research activities

Member of NIHR SPCR Evidence synthesis working group.

I run the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Group. This brings together people from within the Unversity of Bristol, the University of the West England and non-academic stakeholders.


Key words


Community health care 

Hospital admissions 

Supportive care for cancer

Complementary approches to health 

Systematic review and evidence synthesis methodology


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Research Output

  • 25 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 5 Review article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Conference Poster
  • 1 Editorial (Academic Journal)

Antibiotic-induced changes in the human gut microbiota for the most commonly prescribed antibiotics in primary care in the UK: a systematic review

Elvers, K. T., Wilson, V. J., Hammond, A., Duncan, L., Huntley, A. L., Hay, A. D. & Van Der Werf, E. T., 21 Sep 2020, In : BMJ Open. 10, 9, 24 p., e035677.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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    A systematic review and evidence synthesis of non-medical triage, self-referral and direct access services for patients with musculoskeletal pain

    Babatunde, O. O., Bishop, A., Cottrell, E., Jordan, J. L., Corp, N., Humphries, K., Hadley-Barrows, T., Huntley, A. L. & van der Windt, D. A., 6 Jul 2020, In : PLoS ONE. 15, 7, p. e0235364

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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