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Research interests

I am a Senior Research Associate in Qualitative Health Sciences with an interest in using qualitative reseach to enhance the design and conduct of Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs). I am a member of the QuinteT research group (Qualitative Research integrated within Trials), which specialises in supporting recruitment to challenging RCTs.  


I am particularly interested in surgical and cancer trials, having led research to optimise recruitment to the TROMBONE feasibiliy trial (Oligo-metastatic prostate cancer, PCF), POUT trial (Ureteric cancer, CRUK), CHEMORAD (Oesophageal cancer, NIHR RfPB), By-Band-Sleeve (Bariatric surgery, NIHR HTA), CSAW (Shoulder arthroscopy, Arthritis Research, UK) and NAIROS (Nasal Airways Obstruction Study, HTA), (Topic 2 Chronic Post-Thoracotomy Pain, NIHR HTA).   I am a co-app on several new funding bids. 

Other recent research interests include the impact of the recent economic recession on mental health and suicide, and public engagement in higher education.   

I have a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Sussex (ESRC-funded).  My doctoral thesis explored the marketisation of health services in the Malabar region of Northern Kerala.  I joined Bristol Medical School in 2009, as an MRC-ESRC post-doctoral fellow (2009-2011) to lay perceptions of Type 2 Diabetes, the condition known locally in Kerala as 'sugar.'  I have a sustained interest in public health and participatory approaches to health care systems' research in the UK and low and middle income countries.  





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Research Output

  • 11 Article (Academic Journal)

The implementation and utility of patient screening logs in a multicentre randomised controlled oncology trial

Lewis, R., Todd, R., Newton, M., Jones, R. J., Wilson, C., Donovan, J. L., Bryan, R. T., Birtle, A., Hall, E. & POUT Trial Management Group, O. B. O. T., 8 Jul 2020, In : Trials. 21, 11 p., 629 (2020).

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  • 9 Downloads (Pure)

    An observational study showed that explaining randomization using gambling-related metaphors and computer-agency descriptions impeded randomized clinical trial recruitment

    Jepson, M., Elliott, D., Conefrey, C., Wade, J., Rooshenas, L., Wilson, C., Beard, D., Blazeby, J. M., Birtle, A., Halliday, A., Stein, R., Donovan, J. L., CSAW study group, Chemorad Study Group, POUT study group, ACST-2 study group & OPTIMA prelim study group, 1 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 99, p. 75-83 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    233 Downloads (Pure)

    Development of a framework to improve the process of recruitment to randomised controlled trials (RCTs): the SEAR (Screened, Eligible, Approached, Randomised) framework

    Wilson, C., Rooshenas, L., Paramasivan, S., Elliott, D., Jepson, M., Strong, S., Birtle, A., Beard, D. J., Halliday, A., Hamdy, F. C., Lewis, R., Metcalfe, C., Metcalfe, C., Rogers, C. A., Stein, R. C., Blazeby, J. M., Donovan, J. L. & Donovan, J. L., 19 Jan 2018, In : Trials. 19, 10 p., 50.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
    299 Downloads (Pure)