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University of Exeter Medical School

 Alex Burns

Alex Burns

PhD Student

 College House 


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Alex is a GP working in Cornwall. He is interested in the use of evidence in making decisions with patients, especially around the use of tests.


  • BA (Cantab)
  • MBBS
  • Masters in Global Health Policy

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Research interests

Alex is undertaking his PhD looking at how clinicians and patients communicate the risks and uncertainties surrounding cancer testing, and how the use of electronic risk assessment tools may influence this.

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Journal articles

Burns A, Donnelly B, Feyi-Waboso J, Shephard E, Calitri R, Tarrant M, Dean SG (2022). How do electronic risk assessment tools affect the communication and understanding of diagnostic uncertainty in the primary care consultation? a systematic review and thematic synthesis. BMJ Open, 12(6), e060101-e060101. Abstract.

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External Engagement and Impact

Invited lectures

  • “Evidence Based Medicine, Why Bother”, PenARC Making Sense of Evidence Conference, 1st November 2019

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