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Dr Felicity Thomas

Senior Research Fellow

Kath Maguire

My research uses narrative, ethnographic and participatory approaches to examine the ways that people experience health and illness and make decisions over treatment use. I am particularly interested in understanding how health 'conditions' become medicalised, and the ways this inter-relates with poverty, disadvantage and health-related inequalities.

I currently run an ESRC-funded project (DE-STRESS) examining how moral narratives relating to responsibility and welfare reform influence the medicalisation of distress and the uptake of antidepressants in low-income communities in the South West. I am also involved in a WHO-led project to improve health care for migrants through the promotion of intercultural competence and diversity sensitivity within public health systems. 

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Contact by phone
01392 722820

Employed by
University of Exeter

Areas of expertise
Social Science; Ethnography; Narrative and Participatory Methods; Health Inequalities; Migration

Projects

DE-STRESS

Publications

Moral narratives and mental health: rethinking understandings of distress and healthcare support in contexts of austerity and welfare reform

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South Cloisters 2.35, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter

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News

Publication of findings from the National Survey of Local NHS Innovation and Research Needs

20 May 2019

The AHSN Network, NHS England and the NIHR commissioned ComRes to conduct a survey that...
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‘Robopets’ may be beneficial for care home residents

15 May 2019

Robotic pets that respond to human interaction can benefit the health and wellbeing of older...
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2019 PhD Studentships Announced

10 May 2019

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Allied Health Research and Care...
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Research Projects

Social Prescribing - Understanding what works in, and supporting provision of, nature - based therapeutic interventions for people with an identifiable mental illness

Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments

We have been awarded funding from DEFRA to identify what works in the use of...
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Social Prescribing - Cornwall and Plymouth Researcher in Residence

Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments

Evaluation work by a Researcher in Residence to assess implementation, reach, scope and acceptability of...
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Research Projects