Dr Joanne Butterworth
Postgraduate Research Student
01392 72 6362
Smeall building Room 110
Smeall Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
I am an academic GP, originally from North Somerset but happily settled in Devon and enjoying all that the Devonshire countryside has to offer. I currently hold a doctoral fellowship award from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
I was among the first cohort of students to graduate from the Peninsula Medical School in 2007 and I undertook my foundation training as a doctor in Exeter. From there I began to develop an academic career alongside my GP training. I qualified as a GP in 2013 whilst simultaneously achieving a Masters in Primary Care research.
For my PhD project I will develop and feasibility test an intervention: To facilitate the inVolvement of OLder patients with muLtimorbidITy in decisION-making about their healthcare during general practice consultations (VOLITION)
BMBS, MRCGP, DFSRH, MRes
My current work began during my NIHR funded Academic Clinical Fellowship, with Professor Campbell at the University of Exeter Medical School and Professor Roland’s team in Cambridge, through my involvement in the IMPROVE programme: Through secondary analysis of national survey data (Croker et al., 2013) we identified that patients’ perceived involvement in decision-making regarding their care was more strongly associated with reports of trust amongst older patients than amongst younger patients.
The subsequent qualitative interview study with older patients (Butterworth and Campbell, 2014) became my Masters dissertation in Primary Care Research. We found that older patients valued being involved in decision-making about their healthcare but varied in their perceptions of involvement, and that (multi)morbidity affected their perceptions.
I am currently leading on a new Cochrane review of interventions to facilitate the involvement of older patients with multimorbidity in primary healthcare consultations, which is due to report in 2018.
In 2017 I completed a qualitative interview study of pharmacists’ perceptions of a general practice training course, published in BJGP. Alongside this I supported a medical student with the publication of her Masters dissertation, a narrative review of patient perceptions of pharmacists working in primary care.
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I work part-time as a salaried GP, delivering clinical care and continuing my special interests in women’s health (I am competent to fit contraceptive devices) and engaging in teaching opportunities with medical students, trainee GPs and peers within the practice where I work. I enjoy the balance of clinical and research commitments and find that each fuels my enthusiasm for the other and each informs the other’s practice.
I also ‘work’ part-time as a Mum to two gorgeous little girls, therefore keeping a healthy work-life balance is extremely important to me and my husband.