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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr Emma Pitchforth

Dr Emma Pitchforth

Associate Professor of Primary Care

 01392 72 2773

 Smeall building 107


Smeall Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK



Emma joined the University of Exeter and the Primary Care Research Group in October 2017. Prior to this she had been Associate Research Group Director at RAND Europe, a not-for-profit research organisation. Her previous university appointments include Lecturer in Social Science Applied to Health at the University of Leicester and Jamsetji Tata Senior Research Fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). With a background in health services and global public health, her research interests include:

  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Primary care: health systems and policy 

She is co-Chair of the Women's Health Research Group in the Medical School and Training and Capacity Development co-Lead for the National School of Primary Care Research, Exeter. Emma leads and actively contributes to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching including as Sociology Lead for the BMBS programme (years 1 and 2) and for the Masters in Public Health Programme. She supervises doctoral students undertaking research in diverse healthcare settings and regularly supervises MSc and undergraduate research projects. 

Selected grants/funding

Campbell J, Abel G, Pitchforth E (Co-I), Sussex J. Investigating Clinical Excellence Awards. NIHR PRP, £150,000. Apr 21-Apr22.

Campbell J, Abel G, Atherton H, Clark C, Cockcroft E, Pitchforth E (Co-I),  Lambert J, Newbould J, Sheard L, Sussex J, Marriott C. Facilitating access to online NHS primary care services – current experience and future potential. NIHR HSDR, £800,833.40. Jun 20 – Jul 22.

Gaze W, Petroni A et al. Pitchforth E (Co-I). A conceptual framework to improve understanding of AMR in livestock systems for translation into policy and practice. BBSRC & CONICET, £1 million, 2019 – 2022.

Avison M et al. Pitchforth E (Co-I). One Health Drivers of AMR in Thailand. Medical Research Council, £1.9million, 2018-2021.

Pitchforth E (PI), Smith E, Rayner T. AMR Historical Foresight. Arts & Humanities Research Council, £249,000, Dec 17 – Aug 20.

Pitchforth E (PI), Exley J, Ghigha I. Protocol for evaluation of ECDC disease programmes, European Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention, £31,676. Jan 17-May 17.

Ling T, Marjanovic M, Pitchforth ELewis R. Evaluation of Southern Cluster Urgent and Emergency Care (UEC) vanguard. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, £149,746. Oct 16 – Jul 17.

Pitchforth E (PI), Meads C, Cochrane G. Research hub for systematic review and evidence on community based social innovation for healthy ageing in middle and high income countries. WHO Kobe Centre, £234,217. Oct 16-Oct 17.

Ling T, Pitchforth E, Newbould J. Independent evaluation of the Improving Flow programme. The Health Foundation, £173,968. Feb 16 – Nov 18.

Roland M, Pitchforth E, Newbould N, Abel G, Wilson E. Tele-first: telephone triage as an alternative to face to face contact in general practice. NIHR HS&DR, £740,967, Sep 14 – Jun 17.

Nolte E, Roland M, Pitchforth E, van Teijlingen E. Advancing community hospitals and services in the NHS: learning from international experiences. NIHR HS&DR, £344,305.65, Mar 14 – Feb 16.

Okeke E, Glick P, Abubakar I, Onwujekwe O, Pitchforth E, Chari A, Setodji C. Better obstetrics in rural Nigeria (BORN study): Evaluation of Midwifery Service Scheme (MSS). 3ie, $450,000, 2013- 2015.

Roland M, Nolte E, Pitchforth E. Outpatient services and primary care: scoping review, case studies and international comparisons. NIHR HS&DR, £264,644, Apr 2013 - Sep 2014.

Nolte E, Ling T, Roland M, Newbould J, Pitchforth E, Lyratzopoulos G, Abel G, Barclay S. Evaluation of the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre. Macmillan Cancer Care, £259,797, Mar 2012 - Feb 2015. 

Nolte E, Roland M, Pitchforth E, McGuire A, Abel G. Evaluation of the Lambeth and Southwark Integrated Care Pilot. Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust,£200,383. Aug 2012 - Aug 2016.

Nolte E, Pitchforth E, Miani C. Evidence response mechanisms for RMNCH in Asia and the Pacific. Partnership for Maternal and Child Health and Implementation Research Board, WHO Geneva. 2012-13. $115,000.

Pitchforth E, Development of conceptual framework and indicators as part of Quality Facility Births and Kits Project, sub contact from University of Aberdeen funded by Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, 2009-2010, £30,000.

Murray SF, Baru R, Pitchforth E, India’s challenge in a globalizing health care economy: social science directions. ESRC Rising Powers Network Grant, Feb 2010 – 2011, £71,985.

Coast E, Leone T, Knapp M, Pitchforth E, Mental health and poverty in low income countries, LSE Seed Fund, from June 2010, £22,944.

Coast E, Leone T, McDaid D, Pitchforth E, What are the effective models of delivery of maternal and child health outcomes for poor people in urban areas in low-income countries? Systematic review. Department for International Development, June 2010 – Aug 2011.

Mossialos EA, Pitchforth E, Mladovosky P. Transferring health policy knowledge from Europe to the English context. Higher Education Innovation Fund 4, 2008 – 2010. £50,000.

Beck V, Dunn A, Edmunds-Otter M, Pitchforth E, Quinn M, Hammer N. Economics of Health. East Midlands Development Agency (EmDA), Nov 2007 – Mar 2008. £30,000.

Pitchforth E, Lilford R, Kebede Y. Understanding patient safety: obstetric care in Ethiopia. The British Academy Small Grant Scheme, May 2007 – Dec 2007, £5,264.

Pitchforth E, Wawrzkowicz E, Luyt D, Dixon-Woods M. A qualitative study to explore the experiences of children and their families living with nut allergy. Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association (MAARA), May 2007-May2009, £11,550.

Heller S, Davies MJ, Campbell MJ, Carey ME, Dallosso HM, Dixon S, Khunti K, Pitchforth E, Skinner C. Does self-monitoring of blood glucose as opposed to urinalysis provide additional benefit to newly diagnosed individuals with Type 2 diabetes receiving structured education? Diabetes UK, Sep 2007 – Feb 2010, £351,495.

Van Teijlingen E, Tucker J, Poobablan A, Philip K, Spratt J, Imamura M, Pitchforth E, Astin M. Sex and Relationship Education: Review of Programmes. NHS Scotland, Apr 2006-Dec 2006, £59,872.

Harris H, Pitchforth E, Mayne CJ, Terry T, Tincello DG. A study to explore the expectations of women having prolapse surgery. Johnson & Johnson Medical, Nov 2006 – Dec 2007. $41,388.

O’Callaghan C, Williams C, Pitchforth E. Developing multimedia learning resources for health workers in the developing world: an exploration. David Baum Foundation, Nov 2006 – Dec 2007, £19,971.

Van Teijlingen E, Yakubu B, Simkhada P, Pitchforth E, Eboh W, Bhattacharya S. Systematic review of sexual health interventions with young people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. NHS Scotland, May 2005-Aug 2005, £15,000.

Van Teijlingen E, Tucker J, Poobablan A, Philip K, Spratt J, Imamura M, Pitchforth E, Astin M. Sex and Relationship Education: Review of Programmes. NHS Scotland, Apr 2006-Dec 2006, £59,872.

Tucker J, Farmer J, Byers H, Kiger A, van Teijlingen E, Ryan M, Pitchforth E. Sustainable Maternity Serivce Provision in Remote and Rural Areas of Scotland: developing, implementing and evaluating appropriate maternity care models for remote and rural Scotland. Funder NHS Scotland RARARI, January 2004-March 2005, £107, 876.


  • PhD Public Health, University of Aberdeen
  • BSc Hons (first class) Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen

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Research interests

Emma’s research interests are in health services and policy research. Her main interests include:​

  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Women's health 
  • International healthcare comparisons 
  • Organisation and delivery of primary care

Emma has experience in evaluation of complex interventions, policy analysis and qualitative and mixed methods research. She has worked in diverse healthcare settings including England, remote and rural Scotland, Bangladesh, India, Ethiopia and Nigeria. Her research commonly involves working in multi-disciplinary teams of researchers, healthcare professionals, policymakers, public and patient representatives and wider stakeholders. 

Research projects

AMR policy development: looking forward through history - AHRC - £249,873 - PI - Dec17-Feb20

One health drivers of antibacterial resistance in Thailand (development grant) - MRC - £70,255 - Co-I - Oct17-Mar18

Research hub for systematic review and evidence on community based social innovation for healthy ageing in middle- and high- income countries - WHO - £234,217 - PI - Oct16-Dec17

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Journal articles

Pitchforth E, Thornber K (In Press). Communicating antimicrobial resistance: the need to go beyond human health. JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance
Ghiga I, Sidorchuk A, Pitchforth E, Stålsby Lundborg C, Machowska A (2023). 'If you want to go far, go together'-community-based behaviour change interventions to improve antibiotic use: a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative evidence. J Antimicrob Chemother, 78(6), 1344-1353. Abstract.  Author URL.
Ghiga I, Pitchforth E, Stålsby Lundborg C, Machowska A (2023). Family doctors' roles and perceptions on antibiotic consumption and antibiotic resistance in Romania: a qualitative study. BMC Prim Care, 24(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Treadgold BM, Campbell JL, Abel GA, Sussex J, Froud R, Hocking L, Pitchforth E (2023). Investigating Clinical Excellence and Impact Awards (INCEA): a qualitative study into how current assessors and other key stakeholders define and score excellence. BMJ Open, 13(6), e068602-e068602. Abstract.
Ongenda IO-N, Mengistu Z, Tincello D, Williams C, Pitchforth E (2023). Opinion: pelvic floor disorders: learning from chronicity & chronic care models. Front Glob Womens Health, 4 Author URL.
Pitchforth E, Gemma-Clare A, Smith E, Taylor J, Rayner T, Lichten C, d'Angelo C, Gradmann C, Berridge V, Bertscher A, et al (2023). What and how can we learn from complex global problems for antimicrobial resistance policy? a comparative study combining historical and foresight approaches. Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance, 35, 110-121.
Leach B, Parkinson S, Gkousis E, Abel G, Atherton H, Campbell J, Clark C, Cockcroft E, Marriott C, Pitchforth E, et al (2022). Digital Facilitation to Support Patient Access to Web-Based Primary Care Services: Scoping Literature Review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 24(7), e33911-e33911. Abstract.
Thornber K, Adshead F, Balayannis A, Brazier R, Brown R, Comber S, Court C, Davidson I, Depledge M, Farmer C, et al (2022). First, do no harm: time for a systems approach to address the problem of health-care-derived pharmaceutical pollution. The Lancet Planetary Health, 6(12), e935-e937.
Pitchforth E, Smith E, Taylor J, Davies S, Ali G-C, d'Angelo C (2022). Global action on AMR: lessons from the history of climate change and tobacco control policy. BMJ Global Health Abstract.
Anderson M, Pitchforth E, Vallance-Owen A, Mossialos E, Millner P, Fistein J (2022). Misconceiving patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) as primarily a reporting requirement rather than a quality improvement tool: perceptions of independent healthcare sector stakeholders in the UK. Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes, 6(1). Abstract.
Kismödi E, Pitchforth E (2022). Sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice in the war against Ukraine 2022. Sex Reprod Health Matters, 30(1). Author URL.
Brown EL, Poltawski L, Pitchforth E, Richards SH, Campbell JL, Butterworth JE (2022). Shared decision-making between older people with multimorbidity and GPs: focus group study. British Journal of General Practice, 72(721).
Anderson M, Pitchforth E, Edwards N, Alderwick H, McGuire A, Mossialos E (2022). United Kingdom: Health System Review. Health Syst Transit, 24(1), 1-194. Abstract.  Author URL.
Anderson M, Pitchforth E, Asaria M (2021). LSE-Lancet Commission on the future of the NHS: re-laying the foundations for an equitable and efficient health and care service after COVID-19 (vol 397, pg 1915, 2021). LANCET, 397(10288), 1884-1884. Author URL.
Anderson M, Pitchforth E, Asaria M, Brayne C, Casadei B, Charlesworth A, Coulter A, Franklin BD, Donaldson C, Drummond M, et al (2021). LSE–Lancet Commission on the future of the NHS: re-laying the foundations for an equitable and efficient health and care service after COVID-19. The Lancet, 397(10288), 1915-1978.
Pitchforth E, Hussein J (2021). Moving ahead together, on a foundation of rights-based evidence. Sex Reprod Health Matters, 29(1). Author URL.
Booton RD, Meeyai A, Alhusein N, Buller H, Feil E, Lambert H, Mongkolsuk S, Pitchforth E, Reyher KK, Sakcamduang W, et al (2021). One Health drivers of antibacterial resistance: Quantifying the relative impacts of human, animal and environmental use and transmission. One Health, 12, 100220-100220.
Anderson M, O'Neill C, Macleod Clark J, Street A, Woods M, Johnston-Webber C, Charlesworth A, Whyte M, Foster M, Majeed A, et al (2021). Securing a sustainable and fit-for-purpose UK health and care workforce. The Lancet, 397(10288), 1992-2011.
Anderson M, Pitchforth E, McGuire A, Mossialos E (2021). The UK Health and Care Bill: failure to address fundamental issues of coverage and funding. Lancet, 397(10281). Author URL.
Fletcher E, Campbell J, Pitchforth E, Freeman A, Poltawski L, Lambert J, Hawthorne K (2020). Comparing international postgraduate training and healthcare context with the UK to streamline overseas GP recruitment: four case studies. BJGP Open, 4(3), bjgpopen20X101034-bjgpopen20X101034. Abstract.
Butterworth JE, Hays R, McDonagh STJ, Bower P, Pitchforth E, Richards SH, Campbell JL (2020). Involving older people with multimorbidity in decision-making about their primary healthcare: a Cochrane systematic review of interventions (abridged). Patient Educ Couns, 103(10), 2078-2094. Abstract.  Author URL.
Booton RD, Meeyai A, Alhusein N, Buller H, Feil E, Lambert H, Mongkolsuk S, Pitchforth E, Reyher KK, Sakcamduang W, et al (2020). One Health drivers of antibacterial resistance: quantifying the relative impacts of human, animal and environmental use and transmission.  Abstract.
Butterworth J, Richards S, Warren F, Pitchforth E, Campbell J (2020). Randomised feasibility trial and embedded qualitative process evaluation of a new intervention to facilitate the involvement of older patients with multimorbidity in decision-making about their healthcare during general practice consultations: the VOLITION study protocol. Pilot Feasibility Stud, 6 Abstract.  Author URL.
Ghiga I, Pitchforth E, Lepetit L, Miani C, Ali G-C, Meads C (2020). The effectiveness of community-based social innovations for healthy ageing in middle- and high-income countries: a systematic review. J Health Serv Res Policy, 25(3), 202-210. Abstract.  Author URL.
Newbould J, Ball S, Abel G, Barclay M, Brown T, Corbett J, Doble B, Elliott M, Exley J, Knack A, et al (2019). A ‘telephone first’ approach to demand management in English general practice: a multimethod evaluation. Health Services and Delivery Research, 7(17), 1-158. Abstract.
Newbould J, Exley J, Ball S, Corbett J, Pitchforth EL, Roland M (2019). GPs’ and staff views of a ‘telephone-first’ approach to demand management: a qualitative study in primary care. British Journal of General Practice
Exley J, Abel GA, Fernandez J-L, Pitchforth E, Mendonca S, Yang M, Roland M, McGuire A (2019). Impact of the Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care Older People's Programme on hospital utilisation and costs: controlled time series and cost-consequence analysis. BMJ Open, 9(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Fletcher E, Sansom A, Pitchforth E, Curnow G, Freeman A, Campbell J (2019). Overseas GP recruitment: comparing international GP training with the UK and ensuring that registration standards and patient safety are maintained. British Journal of General Practice (Open)
Ball SL, Newbould J, Corbett J, Exley J, Pitchforth E, Roland M (2018). Qualitative study of patient views on a 'telephone-first' approach in general practice in England: speaking to the GP by telephone before making face-to-face appointments. BMJ Open, 8(12). Abstract.  Author URL.
Mossialos E, McGuire A, Anderson M, Pitchforth E, James A, Horton R (2018). The future of the NHS: no longer the envy of the world?. The Lancet, 391, 1001-1003.
Pitchforth E (2017). Book Review: Writing your Thesis. Sociological Research Online, 9(2), 126-126.
Pitchforth E, Nolte E, Corbett J, Miani C, Winpenny E, van Teijlingen E, Elmore N, King S, Ball S, Miler J, et al (2017). Community hospitals and their services in the NHS: identifying transferable learning from international developments – scoping review, systematic review, country reports and case studies. Health Services and Delivery Research, 5.19, 1-248.
Okeke EN, Pitchforth E, Exley J, Glick P, Abubakar IS, Chari AV, Bashir U, Gu K, Onwujekwe O (2017). Going to scale: design and implementation challenges of a program to increase access to skilled birth attendants in Nigeria. BMC Health Serv Res, 17(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Winpenny EM, Miani C, Pitchforth E, King S, Roland M (2017). Improving the effectiveness and efficiency of outpatient services: a scoping review of interventions at the primary-secondary care interface. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 22(1), 53-64. Abstract.
Kendrick D, Ablewhite J, Achana F, Benford P, Clacy R, Coffey F, Cooper N, Coupland C, Deave T, Goodenough T, et al (2017). Keeping Children Safe: a multicentre programme of research to increase the evidence base for preventing unintentional injuries in the home in the under-fives. Programme Grants for Applied Research, 5(14), 1-834. Abstract.
Winpenny EM, Corbett J, Miani C, King S, Pitchforth E, Ling T, van Teijlingen E, Nolte E (2016). Community Hospitals in Selected High Income Countries: a Scoping Review of Approaches and Models. Int J Integr Care, 16(4). Abstract.  Author URL.
Murray SF, Bisht R, Pitchforth E (2016). Emplacing India's "medicities". Health Place, 42, 69-78. Abstract.  Author URL.
Winpenny E, Miani C, Pitchforth E, Ball S, Nolte E, King S, Greenhalgh J, Roland M (2016). Outpatient services and primary care: scoping review, substudies and international comparisons. Health Services and Delivery Research, 4(15), 1-290. Abstract.
Exley J, Pitchforth E, Okeke E, Glick P, Abubakar IS, Chari A, Bashir U, Gu K, Onwujekwe O (2016). Persistent barriers to care; a qualitative study to understand women's experiences in areas served by the midwives service scheme in Nigeria. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 16 Abstract.  Author URL.
Okeke E, Glick P, Chari A, Abubakar IS, Pitchforth E, Exley J, Bashir U, Gu K, Onwujekwe O (2016). The effect of increasing the supply of skilled health providers on pregnancy and birth outcomes: evidence from the midwives service scheme in Nigeria. BMC Health Serv Res, 16(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Goodenough T, Kay B, Deave T, Towner E, Stewart J, Ablewhite J, Hawkins A, McDaid LA, Pitchforth E, Beckett K, et al (2015). Barriers and facilitators to delivering injury prevention interventions in English children's centres. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 54(2), 60-71.
Miani C, Hinrichs S, Pitchforth E, Bienkowska-Gibbs T, Disbeschl S, Roland M, Nolte E (2015). Best Practice: Medical Training from an International Perspective. Rand Health Q, 5(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Pitchforth E, Roland M (2015). Specialist services in the community: a qualitative study of consultants holding novel types of employment contracts in England. Future Hospital Journal, 2, 173-179.
MacKenzie Bryers H, VanTeijlingen E, Pitchforth E (2014). Advocating mixed-methods approaches in health research. Nepal Journal of Epidemiology, 4(5), 417-422. Abstract.
Friedberg MW, Chen PG, Van Busum KR, Aunon F, Pham C, Caloyeras J, Mattke S, Pitchforth E, Quigley DD, Brook RH, et al (2014). Factors Affecting Physician Professional Satisfaction and Their Implications for Patient Care, Health Systems, and Health Policy. Rand Health Q, 3(4). Abstract.  Author URL.
Deave T, Towner E, McColl E, Reading R, Sutton A, Coupland C, Cooper N, Stewart J, Hayes M, Pitchforth E, et al (2014). Multicentre cluster randomised controlled trial evaluating implementation of a fire prevention Injury Prevention Briefing in children's centres: study protocol. BMC Public Health, 14 Abstract.  Author URL.
Miani C, Ball S, Pitchforth E, Exley J, King S, Roland M, Fuld J, Nolte E (2014). Organisational interventions to reduce length of stay in hospital: a rapid evidence assessment. Health Services and Delivery Research, 2(52), 1-178. Abstract.
Schweppenstedde D, Hinrichs S, Ogbu U, Schneider EC, Kringos DS, Klazinga NS, Healy J, Vuorenkoski L, Busse R, Guerin B, et al (2014). Regulating Quality and Safety of Health and Social Care: International Experiences. Rand Health Q, 4(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Nolte E, Pitchforth E, Miani C, Mc Hugh S (2014). The Changing Hospital Landscape: an Exploration of International Experiences. Rand Health Q, 4(3). Abstract.  Author URL.
Baskayne K, Willars J, Pitchforth E, Tincello DG (2014). Women's expectations of prolapse surgery: a retrospective qualitative study. Neurourol Urodyn, 33(1), 85-89. Abstract.  Author URL.
de-Graft Aikins A, Pitchforth E, Allotey P, Ogedegbe G, Agyemang C (2012). Culture, ethnicity and chronic conditions: reframing concepts and methods for research, interventions and policy in low- and middle-income countries. Ethn Health, 17(6), 551-561. Author URL.
de-Graft Aikins A, Arhinful DK, Pitchforth E, Ogedegbe G, Allotey P, Agyemang C (2012). Establishing and sustaining research partnerships in Africa: a case study of the UK-Africa Academic Partnership on Chronic Disease. Global Health, 8 Abstract.  Author URL.
Bisht R, Pitchforth E, Murray SF (2012). Understanding India, globalisation and health care systems: a mapping of research in the social sciences. Global Health, 8 Abstract.  Author URL.
Murray SF, Bisht R, Baru R, Pitchforth E (2012). Understanding health systems, health economies and globalization: the need for social science perspectives. Global Health, 8 Abstract.  Author URL.
Pitchforth E, Weaver S, Willars J, Wawrzkowicz E, Luyt D, Dixon-Woods M (2011). A qualitative study of families of a child with a nut allergy. Chronic Illn, 7(4), 255-266. Abstract.  Author URL.
Bakali E, Pitchforth E, Tincello DG, Kenyon S, Slack M, Toozs-Hobson P, Mayne C, Jones DR, Taylor D (2011). Clinicians' views on the feasibility of surgical randomized trials in urogynecology: results of a questionnaire survey. Neurourol Urodyn, 30(1), 69-74. Abstract.  Author URL.
van Teijlingen E, Pitchforth E (2011). One-stop shop. Midwives, 14(1), 30-32. Author URL.
van Teijlingen E, Simkhada B, Porter M, Simkhada P, Pitchforth E, Bhatta P (2011). Qualitative research and its place in health research in Nepal. Kathmandu Univ Med J (KUMJ), 9(36), 301-305. Abstract.  Author URL.
Pitchforth E, Lilford RJ, Kebede Y, Asres G, Stanford C, Frost J (2010). Assessing and understanding quality of care in a labour ward: a pilot study combining clinical and social science perspectives in Gondar, Ethiopia. Soc Sci Med, 71(10), 1739-1748. Abstract.  Author URL.
Williams CD, Pitchforth EL, O’Callaghan C (2010). Computers, the Internet and medical education in Africa. Medical Education, 44(5), 485-488.
Tucker J, McVicar A, Pitchforth E, Farmer J, Bryers H (2010). Maternity care models in a remote and rural network: assessing clinical appropriateness and outcome indicators. Qual Saf Health Care, 19(2), 83-89. Abstract.  Author URL.
van Teijlingen ER, Pitchforth E (2010). Rural maternity care: can we learn from Wal-Mart?. Health Place, 16(2), 359-364. Abstract.  Author URL.
Al-Attas AH, Williams CD, Pitchforth EL, O’Callaghan CO, Lewallen S (2010). Understanding Delay in Accessing Specialist Emergency Eye Care in a Developing Country: Eye Trauma in Tanzania. Ophthalmic Epidemiology, 17(2), 103-112.
Pitchforth E, van Teijlingen E, Watson V, Tucker J, Kiger A, Ireland J, Farmer J, Rennie A-M, Gibb S, Thomson E, et al (2009). "Choice" and place of delivery: a qualitative study of women in remote and rural Scotland. Qual Saf Health Care, 18(1), 42-48. Abstract.  Author URL.
Dixon-Woods M, Suokas A, Pitchforth E, Tarrant C (2009). An ethnographic study of classifying and accounting for risk at the sharp end of medical wards. Soc Sci Med, 69(3), 362-369. Abstract.  Author URL.
Poobalan AS, Pitchforth E, Imamura M, Tucker JS, Philip K, Spratt J, Mandava L, van Teijlingen E (2009). Characteristics of effective interventions in improving young people's sexual health: a review of reviews. Sex Education, 9(3), 319-336.
Doshani A, Pitchforth E, Mayne C, Tincello DG (2009). The value of qualitative research in urogynaecology. BJOG, 116(1), 3-6. Author URL.
Edelstein M, Pitchforth E, Asres G, Silverman M, Kulkarni N (2008). Awareness of health effects of cooking smoke among women in the Gondar Region of Ethiopia: a pilot survey. BMC Int Health Hum Rights, 8 Abstract.  Author URL.
Pitchforth E, Watson V, Tucker J, Ryan M, van Teijlingen E, Farmer J, Ireland J, Thomson E, Kiger A, Bryers H, et al (2008). Models of intrapartum care and women's trade-offs in remote and rural Scotland: a mixed-methods study. BJOG, 115(5), 560-569. Abstract.  Author URL.
Doshani A, Pitchforth E, Mayne CJ, Tincello DG (2007). Culturally sensitive continence care: a qualitative study among South Asian Indian women in Leicester. Fam Pract, 24(6), 585-593. Abstract.  Author URL.
Pitchforth E, van Teijlingen E, Graham W, Fitzmaurice A (2007). Development of a proxy wealth index for women utilizing emergency obstetric care in Bangladesh. Health Policy Plan, 22(5), 311-319. Abstract.  Author URL.
van Teijlingen E, Pitchforth E (2007). Focusing the group. RCM Midwives, 10(2), 78-80. Author URL.
Eboh WO, Pitchforth E, van Teijlingen E (2007). Lost words: research via translation. RCM Midwives, 10(8), 374-377. Author URL.
van Teijlingen E, Pitchforth E, Bishop C, Russell E (2006). Delphi method and nominal group technique in family planning and reproductive health research. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care, 32(4), 249-252. Author URL.
van Teijlingen E, Pitchforth E (2006). Focus group research in family planning and reproductive health care. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care, 32(1), 30-32. Author URL.
Pitchforth E, van Teijlingen E, Graham W, Dixon-Woods M, Chowdhury M (2006). Getting women to hospital is not enough: a qualitative study of access to emergency obstetric care in Bangladesh. Qual Saf Health Care, 15(3), 214-219. Abstract.  Author URL.
Kenyon S, Dixon-Woods M, Jackson CJ, Windridge K, Pitchforth E (2006). Participating in a trial in a critical situation: a qualitative study in pregnancy. Qual Saf Health Care, 15(2), 98-101. Abstract.  Author URL.
Pitchforth E (2006). Risk and everyday life. SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH ONLINE, 11(3). Author URL.
Pitchforth E, van Teijlingen E (2005). International public health research involving interpreters: a case study from Bangladesh. BMC Public Health, 5 Abstract.  Author URL.
van Teijlingen E, Pitchforth E, Porter M, Keenan KF (2005). Range of qualitative research - Reply. JOURNAL OF FAMILY PLANNING AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE, 31(2), 165-+. Author URL.
Guest G, Van Teijlingen E, Pitchforth E, Porter M, Keenan KF (2005). Range of qualitative research [4] (multiple letters). Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 31(2), 165-167.
Forrest Keenan K, van Teijlingen E, Pitchforth E (2005). The analysis of qualitative research data in family planning and reproductive health care. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care, 31(1), 40-43. Author URL.
Pitchforth E, Porter M, van Teijlingen E, Forrest Keenan K (2005). Writing up and presenting qualitative research in family planning and reproductive health care. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care, 31(2), 132-135. Author URL.
Pitchforth E, Russell E, Van der Pol M (2002). Access to specialist cancer care: is it equitable?. Br J Cancer, 87(11), 1221-1226. Abstract.  Author URL.


Pitchforth E, van Teijlingen E (2018). Health: a rural perspective. In  (Ed) Psychology and Sociology Applied to Medicine an Illustrated Colour Text, Elsevier. Abstract.
Achadi E, Pitchforth E, Hussein J (2012). Quality of care. In  (Ed) Maternal and Perinatal Health in Developing Countries, 181-192.


Nolte E, Corbett J, Fattore G, Kaunonen M, Miani C, Pitchforth E, Sperre-Saunes I, Steel D, Winpenny E (2016). Understanding the role of community hospitals: an analysis of experiences in five countries.  Author URL.
Stewart J, Deave T, Goodenough T, Towner E, Kendrick D, Pitchforth E, Sealey P (2010). KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE AT HOME: QUALITATIVE STUDY OF CHILDREN'S CENTRE MANAGERS AND STAFF.  Author URL.
Tincello D, Godfrey K, Harris N, Pitchforth E, Mayne C (2008). A study to examine the expectations of women having prolapse surgery.  Author URL.
Doshani A, Pitchforth E, Maitra N, Mayne C, Tincello D (2007). Does migrating to the UK make you incontinent??.  Author URL.
Doshani A, Pitchforth E, Maitra N, Mayne C, Tincello D (2007). Influence of migration on the understanding and help seeking behaviour of Indian women with urinary incontinence.  Author URL.


Marjanovic S, Garrod B, Dubow T, Pitchforth EL, Elston J, Harte E, Sussex J, Yang M, Malik F, Lewis R, et al (2017). Transforming Urgent and Emergency Care and the Vanguard Initiative Learning from Evaluation of the Southern Cluster. NHS England,  Cambridge, RAND Corporation.
Pitchforth E (2016). Evaluation of the EC Action Plan against the rising threats from antimicrobial resistance. European Commission, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety,  European Commission, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety.
Pitchforth EL, Ling T, Abel G, Exley J, Hinrichs S, Lyratzopoulos G, Mendonca SC, Miani C, Newbould J (2016). Evaluation of the UCLH-Macmillan Partnership to deliver improvements in the care, treatment, support, and information to patients with cancer throughout their individual journeys. Santa Monica, RAND Corporation.
Pitchforth E, Nolte E (2014). What is the evidence of economic impacts of integrated care. European Observatory for Health Systems and Policies, World Health Organization.

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External Engagement and Impact


Executive Editor, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters (2021 to date) 

Exeternal examiner, MSc Social Resaerch, University College London (2021 to date) 


  • Member of Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Wellbeing of Women Research Advisory Committee, 2010 to 2014.

  • External PhD examiner, University of Southampton (2009), University of Aberdeen (2010), University of Sheffield (2016).
  • External Examiner, MPH Programme, University of Gondar, Ethiopia, 2005 to 2008.

Visiting/honorary positions

  • May 16 – May 17    Honorary Researcher, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol
  • Jan 12 – Dec 2017   Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge
  • Apr 12 – 2021   Visiting Fellow, University of Bournemouth
  • Jan 12 – Jan 14  Senior Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics

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Emma is discipline lead for sociology within the BMBS undergraduate medical programmes (Year 1 & 2)

She also teaches as part of: 

  • Making Sense of Evidence component of the BMBS undergraduate medical programme.
  • Masters in Public Health
  • Nursing programme



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Supervision / Group

Postdoctoral researchers

Postgraduate researchers

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