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Christie Cabral is a social anthropologist working in primary care, social care and global health. She conducts research with the Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) and the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Behavioural Science and Evaluation. She is co-leadof the Bristol hub for the NIHR South West Research Design Service (SW-RDS).   

Christie has worked on health, social care and international development research for over 25 yearsHer current research interests include illness beliefs, health behaviours and health inequalities in primary care and global health contextsHer most recent work in the field of overuse of antibiotics in primary care has been highly cited internationally and informed the development of antibiotic stewardship interventions nationally and internationally. 

Christie worked with groups of parents from diverse backgrounds to co-produce resources to help parents care for children with respiratory tract infections including an information website for parents (http://child-cough.bristol.ac.uk/) and the “Caring for Children with Cough” leaflet which has been incorporated into Public Health England & RCGP TARGET antibiotic toolkit resource list. Christie also led the development of a training video for clinicians on what parents want from a consultation for their child's cough, based on the findings of her National School for Primary Care funded research.  The video has been watched over 3,000 times on YouTube and incorporated into Public Health England & RCGP TARGET Antibiotic Training Webinar hosted by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 

Christie has methodological expertise in conducting primary qualitative studies, using qualitative methods to design interventionsconducting evaluations within trials and synthesising qualitative evidence.  She has been PI or Co-I (leading workstreams) on external research grants totalling £8.6M.  Most recent research has focussed on the management of infectious disease and antimicrobial stewardship (in UK and China), with additional projects on digital health, health inequalities and social care. She teaches qualitative methods and leads units/short courses on qualitative evidence synthesis, meta-ethnography and anthropology and global health. 

Christie currently has two PhD students. One is investigating variation in antenatal vaccination rates, with a focus on understanding inequitable access.  One is investigating the use of CAM in management of dairy herds and its role in antibiotic sparing.  Christie has previously supervised two PhD students to completion and taken on the role of internal examiner for others. 

Christie is Associate Editor (Qualitative synthesis) for Research Synthesis Methods. 


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