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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 has methodological expertise in conducting primary qualitative studies, using qualitative methods to design interventions, conducting evaluations within trials and synthesising qualitative evidence.  She has been PI or Co-I (leading workstreams) on external research grants totalling £22.5M.  Most recent research has focussed on the management of infectious disease and antimicrobial stewardship, with additional projects on digital health, health inequalities and social care. She teaches anthropology and global health, behavioural and social sciences, and qualitative methods including qualitative evidence synthesis. 

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 ( 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 incorporated into Public Health England & RCGP TARGET Antibiotic Training Webinar hosted by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 


Christie currently has two PhD students. One is investigating variation in antenatal vaccination rates, with a focus on understanding inequitable access.  One is investigating health inequalities in primary care, with a focus on antibiotic resistance.  Christie has previously supervised three successful PhD students and taken on the role of internal examiner for others. 

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


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