Research Fellow in Evidence Synthesis and Test Evaluation
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South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
I am a Research Fellow in Evidence Synthesis and Test Evaluation at the Institute of Health Research. I work with both the Evidence Synthesis Team and the Exeter Test Group where I help to run Exeter Test Club, a monthly seminar for anyone to attend who has an interest in medical tests and test evaluation.
Within the Evidence Synthesis Team and PenCRU, I am working on an NIHR RfPB-funded project investigating Parent-to-Parent Support Interventions for Parents of Babies Cared for in a Neonatal unit (PaReNt project). We are working closely with a charity, SNUG, and a group of parents with experience of having babies cared for in neonatal units. They have helped to create the research question, design the research and helped to produce a number of tools such as a plain language summary of the research, and of the systematic review protocol (available on our project page here).
With the Test Group, I am completing a PhD looking at the accuracy of using brief cognitive assessments (or 'pen and paper' tests) when used to identify dementia in general practice with support from the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC). My principal supervisor is Professor Chris Hyde, and I’m supported by Dr Mark Pearson and Dr David Llewellyn as co-supervisors.
I'm an experienced researcher with particular interests in how medical tests are used in the real world. I joined the Medical School in 2009 as part of the Public Health Evidence research group conducting public health reviews for the Centre for Public Health Excellence at NICE on topics such as reduding obesity, injury in childhood and smoking cessation. I have used theory-led approaches across a number of these topics and conducted realist synthesis to investigate avoiding acute hospital admissions, funded by the NIHR Service and Delivery Organisation (now Health Services and Delivery Research).
I was first author of a diagnostic test accuracy review, produced with the Cochrane Injuries Group and published in the Cochrane Library. I also carry out peer reviewing for the Cochrane Diagnostic Test Accuracy Review Unit within the Cochrane Collaboration and a large number of peer reviewed journal publications such as the BMJ and Systematic Reviews.
- evaluating medical tests
- systematic reviews and meta-analysis
- public engagement
- research coproduction with service users
- testing for dementia
- realist synthesis
MSc (Open University, 2009) Psychological Research Methods
BSc Dual Hons (Keele, 2001) Psychology and Criminology
I’m particularly interested in how test information is understood; working alongside Professor Chris Hyde has provided an education in test evaluation and associated knotty issues. At Exeter we have a number of highly expert researchers within the Exeter Test Group, taking collaborative and cross-disciplinary approaches which allows test research to cut across the traditional topical and methods boundaries, working with groups including the Exeter Collaboration for Primary Care (APEx), Clinical Epidemiology, the Cancer Diagnosis group (DISCO), and the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care in the South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC).
Dementia is a topical area with particular challenges for diagnostic testing in an environment where people often initially present to their general practitioner with concerns about their memory or cognitive performance. Investigating how to improve the current situation is the focus of my PhD research, with support from and collaboration with a range of other University of Exeter researchers. My principal supervisor is Professor Chris Hyde, and my co-supervisors are Dr Mark Pearson and Dr David Llewellyn.
I am also interested by the practical application of diagnostic test data. I teach part of the Clinical Decision Making course for our undergraduate medical students, and am keen to explore how ‘useable’ diagnostic information is for medics and non-medics, and how this usefulness might be improved. I am interested in the impact of false positive and false negative test results on the people who use this data, e.g. medical practitioners, patients and carers. Tests are used for various reasons such as screening, guiding therapy and predicting how a disease might progress. Prognosis is a developing area, and with Chris Hyde our investigations are also looking at the possible added prognostic value of some diagnostic tests.
Currently the reporting of diagnostic test accuracy data is under scrutiny, and along with Zhivko Zhelev and colleagues from the University of Birmingham Medical School and the University of Amsterdam Medical Centre we are looking at how study designs might be better reported in the research literature.
I am conducting PhD research looking at the accuracy of using brief cognitive assessments (or 'pen and paper' tests) when used to identify dementia in general practice supported by the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC).
I was lead researcher of a diagnostic test accuracy review Thromboelastography (TEG) and rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM) for trauma-induced coagulopathy in adult trauma patients with bleeding with the Cochrane Injuries Group, published in the Cochrane Library and working with colleagues at the University of Exeter, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (Oxford), John Radcliffe Hospital, NHS Blood & Transplant (Oxford), Churchill Hospital, Oxford Haemophilia & Thrombosis Centre and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine ICT Centre, Department of Military Anaesthesia and Critical Care in Birmingham, UK.
I am also working with colleagues at John Radcliffe Hospital, NHS Blood & Transplant, Oxford, and the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge on a diagnostic test accuracy review of tests of haemoglobin levels in blood donors (protocol CRD42014005179 published on PROSPERO).
GW4 Network (Bristol, Bath, Exeter and Cardiff Universities); Alzheimer's Research UK South West Hub; Sociology of Diagnosis network, PRISMA-DTA network group.
- 2016 University of Exeter Doctoral College
The University of Exeter Doctoral College Professional Development Awards support postgraduate research across the University. The awards support a well-defined activity or combination of activities for research purposes that take place and are paid for between 25 January and 29 July 2016.
- 2014 University of Exeter
Researcher-led Initiative - Developing research capacity by increasing the knowledge and skills of researchers involved in diagnostic accuracy research
- 2014 RCUK Newton Fund
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS South Central & West) Newton Fund - £49, 531: to delivery health technology assessment teaching at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases Evandro Chagas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 2013 University of Exeter Medical School
Translational Medicine Discretionary Fund - Initiative to support and develop ideas for systematic reviews of dementia for University of Exeter researchers
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I teach Yr 1 and Yr2 sessions as part of the Clinical Decision Making and Using Evidence Based Medicine modules for University of Exeter Medical School BMBS medical students.