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Kerry Avery, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research in the Department of Popluation Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol. She has expertise in measuring and reporting clinical and patient-reported outcomes and experience of developing patient-reported outcome measures and electronic patient-reported outcome systems. Kerry has also developed several core outcome and measurement sets. She has expertise in pilot and feasibility studies and designing and conducting randomised controlled trials in surgery and is a co-applicant on the NIHR HTA Sunflower RCT to establish the effectiveness of pre-operative imaging for bile duct stones in patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy and the ROMIO (Randomised Oesophagectomy: Minimally Invasive or Open) trial. Kerry has >65 publications, Scopus h-index 22, approximately £300k research awards as principal investigator (including an NIHR post-doctoral fellowship award) and £9.5m as co-investigator. She is based at the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre ( and Royal College of Surgeons Bristol Surgical Trials Centre (, where she is a co-applicant on and co-leads the ‘benefit and harm outcomes of early phase studies’ workstream in the Surgical Innovation theme of the NIHR BRC. She also co-led the Bristol centre of the NIHR-funded eRAPID multicentre feasibility study to develop an electronic system integrated within patient records for the routine monitoring of patient-reported outcomes following surgery. Kerry also co-leads the Outcomes Working Group of the MRC-NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership. She is also passionate about patient and public involvement in research and leads the PPI work in several multicentre studies.

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  • Centre for Surgical Research
  • ConDuCT-II


  • complex interventions; feasibility studies; outcome assessment; patient-reported outcome measures; pilot work; quality of life; randomised controlled trials; surgery


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