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Dr Mark Pearson

Senior Research Fellow in Implementation Science

Kath Maguire

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.

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Contact by phone
01392 726079

Employed by
University of Exeter

Areas of expertise
Implementation Science; Realist evaluation and synthesis; Knowledge mobilisation; Evidence Synthesis

External links
Full list of my publications
Realist Hive meetings
LKD: Adventures in Knowledge Mobilisation blog
Realist Hive blog


Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing of doctors in training (IMPACT) - a realist review

Interventions to reduce the impact of arsenic contamination of groundwater on health and crop productivity in developing countries

Person-Centred Coordinated Care (P3C)

Effective mechanisms for social prescribing


APPEAL (Antenatal Preventative Pelvic floor Exercises and Localisation) - Delivery of Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise Education for Women During Pregnancy

ExPERT - Exeter Policing, Evidence and Research Translation

From programme theory to logic models for Multispecialty Community Providers: A realist evidence synthesis


Outcome reporting bias in evaluations of public health interventions: evidence of impact and the potential role of a study register

Preventing unintentional injuries to children under 15 years old in the outdoors: a systematic review of the effectiveness of educational programs

Evaluating the impact and use of the Transparent Reporting of Evaluations with Non-randomised Designs (TREND) reporting guidelines: Study protocol

Are interventions to reduce the impact of arsenic contamination of groundwater on human health in developing countries effective? A systematic review protocol

The role of systematic reviews of qualitative evidence in evaluating interventions: a case study

Involving patients and the public in healthcare operational research - the challenges and opportunities

Involving patients and the public in healthcare operational research

Using realist review to inform intervention development: Methodological illustration and conceptual platform for collaborative care in offender mental health

The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of shared care: Protocol for a realist review

Transparent reporting, the foundation for full disclosure – a letter to Peters, Abraham, & Crutzen (2012) and Hagger, Conner, & O'Connor (2013)

Impact of the Transparent Reporting of Evaluations With Nonrandomized Designs Reporting Guideline: Ten Years On

What Affects Authors’ and Editors’ Use of Reporting Guidelines? Findings from an Online Survey and Qualitative Interviews

Evaluating the impact of a simulation study in emergency stroke care

Improving the Reporting of Health and Psychological Research

Implementing simulation results in emergency stroke care

Are interventions to reduce the impact of arsenic contamination of groundwater on human health in developing countries effective? A systematic review

Providing effective and preferred care closer to home: A realist review of intermediate care.

Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing of doctors in training: the IMPACT (IMProving Antimicrobials presCribing of doctors in Training) realist review

Can “realist” randomised controlled trials be genuinely realist?

What approaches to social prescribing work, for whom, and in what circumstances? A protocol for a realist review

How can frontline expertise and new models of care best contribute to safely reducing avoidable acute admissions? A mixed-methods study of four acute hospitals.

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

Upcoming Events


PPI Advice Clinic

Plymouth, ITTC Building (PL6 8BX)

Whatever your query, from finding out more about Patient and Public Involvement to creating a PPI...
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Searching and Review Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters (Room 2.35)

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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Dr Nick Axford appointed as Associate Professor

21 April 2017

Dr Nick Axford joins PenCLAHRC this week as Associate Professor in Health Services and will...
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Want to stay mentally healthy in older age? Stimulate your brain in early life

20 April 2017

Stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education...
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Job Opportunity - Trial Manager

10 April 2017

The University of Exeter Medical School is seeking a Trial Manager to take a lead...
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Research Projects

Comprehensive Mouth Care and Post-operative Pneumonia (CUPPA)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

A pilot study to see if comprehensive mouth-care reduces the incidence of post-operative pneumonia in...
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Changing Agendas on Sleep, Treatment and Learning in Epilepsy - A long term condition of children (CASTLE)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

PenCRU and the Evidence Synthesis Team are working with families, charities and health professionals specialising...
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Research Projects