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Dr Mark Pearson

Dr Mark Pearson

Senior Research Fellow in Implementation Science

6079

South Cloisters 2.19

I have a clinical background in Nursing and have conducted both primary and secondary research in health services using a range of methods - from ethnography to surveys, systematic reviews of effectiveness to theory-driven reviews of implementation. The common thread in all of my work is a better understanding of how evidence-informed change can be implemented (or, put another way, how knowledge can be ‘mobilised’) in health services and public health systems.

Qualifications

  • 2008 PhD (Plymouth)
  • 2004 MRes (London)
  • 2003 BA (London)
  • 1995 DipHE (Bournemouth)

Career

  • 2014-present Senior Research Fellow in Implementation Science, NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC), University of Exeter Medical School
  • 2013-2014 Senior Research Fellow in Evidence Synthesis, ESMI, University of Exeter Medical School
  • 2009-2013 Research Fellow, PenTAG, University of Exeter Medical School
  • 2008-2009 Associate Research Fellow, PenTAG, University of Exeter Medical School
  • 2005-2008 ESRC CASE PhD studentship, University of Plymouth
  • 1995-2004 Staff Nurse (Adult) - Rehabilitation (Bristol), Elderly Medicine (Poole), Medical Oncology (London)

Research

Research interests

My research focuses on the interplay of social, psychological and organisational factors that occur when evidence-informed changes in policy and practice are implemented in health services. Others refer to this field of research as knowledge transfer or knowledge mobilisation. Working closely with stakeholders, I use theory-driven methods to conduct research that addresses two stages of the MRC Complex Interventions Framework:

1. Development - Identifying and building the implementation and impact theories that underpin the ways in which complex interventions are proposed to work.

2. Evaluation - Identifying and refining understanding of implementation mechanisms that are transferable across fields of practice.

 

My research harnesses scientific rigour and the practical learning of stakeholders to improve health outcomes and research impact. My role within PenCLAHRC includes teaching, facilitation and methodological development so that practitioners', service users', decision-makers', and researchers' capacity to conduct Implementation Science is increased. 

 

I would be pleased to supervise research post-graduate students in the areas of Implementation Science, Knowledge Mobilisation, and/or the application and development of realist research approaches. If any of these are of interest please indicate this in an email to UEMS Graduate Research (UEMS-graduateresearch@exeter.ac.uk) who will assist you further with your enquiry.

Research projects

 

 

Research networks

I am a member of the Centre for the Advancement of Realist Evaluation & Synthesis' Advisory Board and a member of the Scientific Committee for the 2nd International Conference on Realist Approaches to Evaluation & Synthesis

I contributed to the international Delphi panel for the development of the RAMESES reporting guidelines for realist review (RAMESES I) and realist evaluation (RAMESES II)

 

Research grants

  • 2015 NIHR
    Antenatal Prophylactic Pelvic floor Exercises and localisation (APPEAL) Programme. NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research.
  • 2015 College of Policing
    The Exeter Policing, Evidence and Research Translation (ExPERT) Project
  • 2015 NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research
    Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing in doctors in training: a realist review - Award 13/97/24
  • 2011 Australian Agency for International Development
    Are interventions to reduce the impact of arsenic contamination of groundwater on human health and crop productivity in developing countries effective? (Award 59617)
  • 2011 NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation
    The effective and cost-effective use of intermediate, step-down, hospital at home and other forms of community care as an alternative to acute patient care: a realist review - Award 10/1012/07

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Van Belle S, Wong G, Westhorp G, Pearson M, Emmel N, Manzano A, Marchal B (2016). Can "realist" randomised controlled trials be genuinely realist?. Trials, 17(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Monks T, Pearson M, Pitt M, Stein K, James MA (2015). Evaluating the impact of a simulation study in emergency stroke care. Operations Research for Health Care, 6, 40-49. Full text.
Pearson M, Chilton R, Wyatt K, Abraham C, Ford T, Woods HB, Anderson R (2015). Implementing health promotion programmes in schools: a realist systematic review of research and experience in the United Kingdom. Implement Sci, 10 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pearson M, Hunt HA, Cooper C, Shepperd S, Pawson R, Anderson R (2015). Providing effective and preferred care closer to home: a realist review of intermediate care. Health and Social Care in the Community, 2(23). Full text.
Pearson M, Brand SL, Quinn C, Shaw J, Maguire M, Michie S, Briscoe S, Lennox C, Stirzaker A, Kirkpatrick T, et al (2015). Using realist review to inform intervention development: Methodological illustration and conceptual platform for collaborative care in offender mental health. Implementation Science, 10(1). Full text.
Fuller T, Peters J, Pearson M, Anderson R (2014). Impact of the transparent reporting of evaluations with nonrandomized designs reporting guideline: ten years on. Am J Public Health, 104(11), e110-e117. Abstract.  Author URL.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Peters J, Fuller T, Pearson M (In Press). Improving the reporting of health and psychological research. Australian Psychologist Full text.
Pearson M, Hemsley A, Blackwell R, Pegg L, Custerson L (2017). Improving Hospital at Home for frail older people: insights from a quality improvement project to achieve change across regional health and social care sectors. BMC Health Serv Res, 17(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Salmon VE, Hay-Smith EJC, Jarvie R, Dean S, Oborn E, Bayliss SE, Bick D, Davenport C, Ismail KM, MacArthur C, et al (2017). Opportunities, challenges and concerns for the implementation and uptake of pelvic floor muscle assessment and exercises during the childbearing years: protocol for a critical interpretive synthesis. Syst Rev, 6(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Van Belle S, Wong G, Westhorp G, Pearson M, Emmel N, Manzano A, Marchal B (2016). Can "realist" randomised controlled trials be genuinely realist?. Trials, 17(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Monks T, Pearson M, Pitt M, Stein K, James MA (2015). Evaluating the impact of a simulation study in emergency stroke care. Operations Research for Health Care, 6, 40-49. Full text.
Chilton R, Pearson M, Anderson R (2015). Health promotion in schools: a scoping review of systematic reviews. Health Education, 115(3-4), 357-376. Full text.
Pearson M, Chilton R, Wyatt K, Abraham C, Ford T, Woods HB, Anderson R (2015). Implementing health promotion programmes in schools: a realist systematic review of research and experience in the United Kingdom. Implement Sci, 10 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Wong G, Brennan N, Mattick K, Pearson M, Briscoe S, Papoutsi C (2015). Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing of doctors in training: the IMPACT (IMProving Antimicrobial presCribing of doctors in Training) realist review. BMJ Open, 5(10). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pearson M, Hunt HA, Cooper C, Shepperd S, Pawson R, Anderson R (2015). Providing effective and preferred care closer to home: a realist review of intermediate care. Health and Social Care in the Community, 2(23). Full text.
Pearson M, Brand SL, Quinn C, Shaw J, Maguire M, Michie S, Briscoe S, Lennox C, Stirzaker A, Kirkpatrick T, et al (2015). Using realist review to inform intervention development: Methodological illustration and conceptual platform for collaborative care in offender mental health. Implementation Science, 10(1). Full text.
Fuller T, Pearson M, Peters J, Anderson R (2015). What affects authors' and editors' use of reporting guidelines? Findings from an online survey and qualitative interviews. PLoS One, 10(4). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Monks T, Pearson M, Pitt M, Stein K, James MA (2014). Evaluating the impact of a simulation study in emergency stroke care. Operations Research for Health Care Abstract.
Fuller T, Peters J, Pearson M, Anderson R (2014). Impact of the transparent reporting of evaluations with nonrandomized designs reporting guideline: ten years on. Am J Public Health, 104(11), e110-e117. Abstract.  Author URL.
Brennan N, Bryce M, Pearson M, Wong G, Cooper C, Archer J (2014). Understanding how appraisal of doctors produces its effects: a realist review protocol. BMJ Open, 4(6). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pearson M, Monks T, Gibson A, Allen M, Komashie A, Fordyce A, Harris-Golesworthy F, Pitt MA, Brailsford S, Stein K, et al (2013). Involving patients and the public in healthcare operational research-The challenges and opportunities. Operations Research for Health Care, 2 Abstract.
Hardwick R, Pearson M, Byng R, Anderson R (2013). The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of shared care: protocol for a realist review. Syst Rev, 2 Abstract.  Author URL.
Fuller T, Pearson M, Peters JL, Anderson R (2012). Evaluating the impact and use of Transparent Reporting of Evaluations with Non-randomised Designs (TREND) reporting guidelines. BMJ Open, 2(6). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pearson M, Chilton R, Woods HB, Wyatt K, Ford T, Abraham C, Anderson R (2012). Implementing health promotion in schools: protocol for a realist systematic review of research and experience in the United Kingdom (UK). Syst Rev, 1 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pearson M, Peters J (2012). Outcome reporting bias in evaluations of public health interventions: evidence of impact and the potential role of a study register. J Epidemiol Community Health, 66(4), 286-289. Abstract.  Author URL.
Pearson M, Hunt H, Garside R, Moxham T, Peters J, Anderson R (2012). Preventing unintentional injuries to children under 15 years in the outdoors: a systematic review of the effectiveness of educational programs. Inj Prev, 18(2), 113-123. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Smithson J, Garside R, Pearson M (2011). Barriers to, and facilitators of, the prevention of unintentional injury in children in the home: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research. Inj Prev, 17(2), 119-126. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pearson M, Moxham T, Ashton K (2011). Effectiveness of search strategies for qualitative research about barriers and facilitators of program delivery. Eval Health Prof, 34(3), 297-308. Abstract.  Author URL.
Pearson M, Garside R, Moxham T, Anderson R (2011). Preventing unintentional injuries to children in the home: a systematic review of the effectiveness of programmes supplying and/or installing home safety equipment. Health Promot Int, 26(3), 376-392. Abstract.  Author URL.
Pearson M, Hunt H, Garside R, Moxham T, Peters J, Anderson R (2011). Preventing unintentional injuries to children under 15 years in the outdoors: a systematic review of the effectiveness of educational programs. Injury Prevention
Pearson M (2010). 'What do we know? What should we do?' Melding research validity and rhetoric in the analysis of policy making. Evidence and Policy, 6(1), 77-90. Abstract.
Pearson M, Coomber R (2010). The challenge of external validity in policy-relevant systematic reviews: a case study from the field of substance misuse. Addiction, 105(1), 136-145. Abstract.  Author URL.
Garside R, Pearson M, Moxham T (2010). What influences the uptake of information to prevent skin cancer? a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research. Health Educ Res, 25(1), 162-182. Abstract.  Author URL.
Pearson M (2008). Synthesizing qualitative and quantitative health evidence: a guide to methods. SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS, 30(2), 330-331. Author URL.
Pearson M (2007). Systematic reviews in social policy: to go forward, do we first need to look back?. Evidence and Policy, 3(4), 505-526.
Pearson M (2006). 'Science', representation and resistance: the Bt cotton debate in Andhra Pradesh, India. Geographical Journal, 172(4), 306-317.

Reports

Pearson M, Hunt H, Cooper C, Shepperd S, Pawson R, Anderson R (2013). Intermediate care: a realist review and conceptual framework. Final report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation Programme, NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation Programme.

Publications by year


In Press

Peters J, Fuller T, Pearson M (In Press). Improving the reporting of health and psychological research. Australian Psychologist Full text.

2017

Pearson M, Hemsley A, Blackwell R, Pegg L, Custerson L (2017). Improving Hospital at Home for frail older people: insights from a quality improvement project to achieve change across regional health and social care sectors. BMC Health Serv Res, 17(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Salmon VE, Hay-Smith EJC, Jarvie R, Dean S, Oborn E, Bayliss SE, Bick D, Davenport C, Ismail KM, MacArthur C, et al (2017). Opportunities, challenges and concerns for the implementation and uptake of pelvic floor muscle assessment and exercises during the childbearing years: protocol for a critical interpretive synthesis. Syst Rev, 6(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2016

Van Belle S, Wong G, Westhorp G, Pearson M, Emmel N, Manzano A, Marchal B (2016). Can "realist" randomised controlled trials be genuinely realist?. Trials, 17(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2015

Monks T, Pearson M, Pitt M, Stein K, James MA (2015). Evaluating the impact of a simulation study in emergency stroke care. Operations Research for Health Care, 6, 40-49. Full text.
Chilton R, Pearson M, Anderson R (2015). Health promotion in schools: a scoping review of systematic reviews. Health Education, 115(3-4), 357-376. Full text.
Pearson M, Chilton R, Wyatt K, Abraham C, Ford T, Woods HB, Anderson R (2015). Implementing health promotion programmes in schools: a realist systematic review of research and experience in the United Kingdom. Implement Sci, 10 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Wong G, Brennan N, Mattick K, Pearson M, Briscoe S, Papoutsi C (2015). Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing of doctors in training: the IMPACT (IMProving Antimicrobial presCribing of doctors in Training) realist review. BMJ Open, 5(10). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pearson M, Hunt HA, Cooper C, Shepperd S, Pawson R, Anderson R (2015). Providing effective and preferred care closer to home: a realist review of intermediate care. Health and Social Care in the Community, 2(23). Full text.
Pearson M, Brand SL, Quinn C, Shaw J, Maguire M, Michie S, Briscoe S, Lennox C, Stirzaker A, Kirkpatrick T, et al (2015). Using realist review to inform intervention development: Methodological illustration and conceptual platform for collaborative care in offender mental health. Implementation Science, 10(1). Full text.
Fuller T, Pearson M, Peters J, Anderson R (2015). What affects authors' and editors' use of reporting guidelines? Findings from an online survey and qualitative interviews. PLoS One, 10(4). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2014

Monks T, Pearson M, Pitt M, Stein K, James MA (2014). Evaluating the impact of a simulation study in emergency stroke care. Operations Research for Health Care Abstract.
Fuller T, Peters J, Pearson M, Anderson R (2014). Impact of the transparent reporting of evaluations with nonrandomized designs reporting guideline: ten years on. Am J Public Health, 104(11), e110-e117. Abstract.  Author URL.
Brennan N, Bryce M, Pearson M, Wong G, Cooper C, Archer J (2014). Understanding how appraisal of doctors produces its effects: a realist review protocol. BMJ Open, 4(6). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2013

Pearson M, Hunt H, Cooper C, Shepperd S, Pawson R, Anderson R (2013). Intermediate care: a realist review and conceptual framework. Final report. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation Programme, NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation Programme.
Pearson M, Monks T, Gibson A, Allen M, Komashie A, Fordyce A, Harris-Golesworthy F, Pitt MA, Brailsford S, Stein K, et al (2013). Involving patients and the public in healthcare operational research-The challenges and opportunities. Operations Research for Health Care, 2 Abstract.
Hardwick R, Pearson M, Byng R, Anderson R (2013). The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of shared care: protocol for a realist review. Syst Rev, 2 Abstract.  Author URL.

2012

Fuller T, Pearson M, Peters JL, Anderson R (2012). Evaluating the impact and use of Transparent Reporting of Evaluations with Non-randomised Designs (TREND) reporting guidelines. BMJ Open, 2(6). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pearson M, Chilton R, Woods HB, Wyatt K, Ford T, Abraham C, Anderson R (2012). Implementing health promotion in schools: protocol for a realist systematic review of research and experience in the United Kingdom (UK). Syst Rev, 1 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pearson M, Peters J (2012). Outcome reporting bias in evaluations of public health interventions: evidence of impact and the potential role of a study register. J Epidemiol Community Health, 66(4), 286-289. Abstract.  Author URL.
Pearson M, Hunt H, Garside R, Moxham T, Peters J, Anderson R (2012). Preventing unintentional injuries to children under 15 years in the outdoors: a systematic review of the effectiveness of educational programs. Inj Prev, 18(2), 113-123. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2011

Smithson J, Garside R, Pearson M (2011). Barriers to, and facilitators of, the prevention of unintentional injury in children in the home: a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research. Inj Prev, 17(2), 119-126. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Pearson M, Moxham T, Ashton K (2011). Effectiveness of search strategies for qualitative research about barriers and facilitators of program delivery. Eval Health Prof, 34(3), 297-308. Abstract.  Author URL.
Pearson M, Garside R, Moxham T, Anderson R (2011). Preventing unintentional injuries to children in the home: a systematic review of the effectiveness of programmes supplying and/or installing home safety equipment. Health Promot Int, 26(3), 376-392. Abstract.  Author URL.
Pearson M, Hunt H, Garside R, Moxham T, Peters J, Anderson R (2011). Preventing unintentional injuries to children under 15 years in the outdoors: a systematic review of the effectiveness of educational programs. Injury Prevention

2010

Pearson M (2010). 'What do we know? What should we do?' Melding research validity and rhetoric in the analysis of policy making. Evidence and Policy, 6(1), 77-90. Abstract.
Pearson M, Coomber R (2010). The challenge of external validity in policy-relevant systematic reviews: a case study from the field of substance misuse. Addiction, 105(1), 136-145. Abstract.  Author URL.
Garside R, Pearson M, Moxham T (2010). What influences the uptake of information to prevent skin cancer? a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research. Health Educ Res, 25(1), 162-182. Abstract.  Author URL.

2008

Pearson M (2008). Synthesizing qualitative and quantitative health evidence: a guide to methods. SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS, 30(2), 330-331. Author URL.

2007

Pearson M (2007). Systematic reviews in social policy: to go forward, do we first need to look back?. Evidence and Policy, 3(4), 505-526.

2006

Pearson M (2006). 'Science', representation and resistance: the Bt cotton debate in Andhra Pradesh, India. Geographical Journal, 172(4), 306-317.

I am module lead for the Implementation Science module of the MSc Applied Health Services Research 

I contribute a session (2013-2014) on conventional and theory-driven approaches to systematic review to the MSc Environment and Human Health programme 

I previously contributed (2011-2013) an introductory session on systematic reviews to the Universities of Exeter & Plymouth’s MClinEd

I am interested in supervising PhD studies in the following areas:

  • Methodological development of realist approaches to evaluation and synthesis
  • Theory-driven inquiry into implementation and knowledge mobilisation processes

I’ve trained as a mentor through the UEMS Mentoring Scheme, supported by the UEMS Equality & Diversity Group, and would be available to provide PhD, peer and other mentoring opportunities. Please feel free to contact me, in confidence, so we can discuss this further. 

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