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Prof Nicky Britten

Person Centred Care Theme Lead

Kath Maguire

I am a qualitative researcher and sociologist of health and illness with an interest in the ways in which evidence based treatments and management strategies are used - or not - in patients' everyday lives. My work aims to promote good communication and to enable health professionals in supporting patients more effectively. Projects with other members of the PenCLAHRC Third Gap team include a study of doctors’ understandings of individualised treatments, a concept mapping of terms associated with individualisation, and a study with members of PenPIG about patient involvement in the licensing of new drugs. I lead the Patient and Public Involvement team. I am Principal Investigator for the Diabetes Intervention Agenda Trial (DIAT), which is investigating a question proposed by a patient and also by a Diabetes Specialist Nurse.

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01392 724859

Employed by
University of Exeter

Areas of expertise
Qualitative Research, Sociology of Health and Illness, Synthesis of Qualitative Research


Diabetes App

Diabetes Intervention for Agenda Trial (DIAT)

A new model of prescribing for multi-morbid patients taking multiple prescribed medications

Person-Centred Coordinated Care (P3C)


Supporting older people to manage their medicines: a scoping review of medicine self-management tools


Medication Errors: problems and recommendations from a consensus meeting

Medication errors: the role of the patient

The experience and impact of chronic disease peer support interventions: a qualitative synthesis

The patients experience of holistic care: insights from acupuncture research

Health beliefs before and after participation on an exercised-based rehabilitation programme for chronic knee pain: doing is believing

Negotiating the boundary between medicine and consumer culture: Online marketing of nutrigenetic tests

Cancer patients experiences of using complementary therapies: polarization and integration

The performance of junior doctors in applying clinical pharmacology knowledge and prescribing skills to standardized clinical cases

Qualitative research on health communication: what can it contribute?

Acupuncture for frequent attenders with medically unexplained symptoms: a randomised controlled trial (CACTUS Study)

Traditional acupuncture for people with medically unexplained symptoms: a longitudinal qualitative study of patients experiences

The challenges of evaluating large-scale, multi-partner programmes: the case of NIHR CLAHRCs

The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of telephone triage of patients requesting same day consultations in general practice: study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial comparing nurse-led and GP-led management systems (ESTEEM)

Investigating interactional competencies in Parkinson's disease: the potential benefits of a conversation analytic approach

Potential causes and consequences of overlap in talk between speakers with Parkinson's disease and their familiar conversation partners

Medicines and Society: Patients, Professionals and the Dominance of Pharmaceuticals

Testing Methodological Guidance on the Conduct of Narrative Synthesis in Systematic Reviews: Effectiveness of Interventions to Promote Smoke Alarm Ownership and Function

Commentary on Series: The research agenda for general practice/family medicine and primary health care in Europe

Qualitative research and the take-up of evidence-based practice

Resisting psychotropic medicines: a synthesis of qualitative studies of medicine-taking

Doctors' understanding of individualisation of drug treatments: A qualitative interview study

Creating Change that Counts: Evidence-led Co-creation as a Pathway to Impact

Involving patients in drug licensing decisions

Values associated with Public Involvement (PI) in Health and Social Care Research: a Narrative Review

Patient involvement in drug licensing: a case study

What if we made stratified medicine work for patients?

Context and complexity: the meaning of self-management for older adults with heart disease

Elaboration of the Gothenburg model of Person-Centred Care

Social movements, lay knowledge and the use of medicines: Two personal reflections

Asking More of Qualitative Synthesis: A Response to Sally Thorne

The experience of heavy menstrual bleeding: A systematic review and meta-ethnography of qualitative studies

Cranial osteopathy for children with cerebral palsy: a randomised controlled trial

Theoretical directions for an emancipatory concept of patient and public involvement

Person-centred medicines optimisation policy in England: An agenda for research on polypharmacy

Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of personcentred care in different healthcare contexts

Theoretical directions for an emancipatory concept of patient and public involvement

“How can anybody be representative for those kind of people?” Forms of patient representation in health research, and why it is always contestable

Inside the “Black Box” of a Knowledge Translation Program in Applied Health Research

Rapid response: The BMJ's Own Patient Story

What is the nature and value of a risk management tool in a large-scale complex programme of collaborative applied health research?

Collaborative research and the co-production of knowledge for practice: an illustrative case study

Multiple repair sequences in everyday conversations involving people with Parkinson’s Disease

A qualitative investigation of lay perspectives of diagnosis and self-management strategies employed by people with progressive multiple sclerosis

Tenacious assumptions of person-centred care? Exploring tensions and variations in practice

Exploring perceived barriers, drivers, impacts and the need for evaluation of public involvement in health and social care research: a modified Delphi study

Can Agent Based Simulation be used as a tool to support polypharmacy prescribing practice?

Evaluating Patient and Public Involvement in Health Research: From Theoretical Model to Practical Workshop

Behind the smile: qualitative study of caregivers' anguish and management responses while caring for someone living with heart failure

Does funded research reflect the priorities of people living with Type 1 diabetes? A secondary analysis of research questions

A comparison of results of empirical studies of supplementary search techniques and recommendations in review methodology handbooks: a methodological review

Consulting parents about the design of a randomized controlled trial of osteopathy for children with cerebral palsy

A qualitative synthesis of diabetes self-management strategies for long term medical outcomes and quality of life in the UK

Exploring the impact of providing evidence-based medicine training to service users

Involving patients and the public in healthcare operational research

Meta-Study as Diagnostic: Toward Content Over Form in Qualitative Synthesis

Adapting QOF to focus on wellbeing and health

Systematic review identifies six metrics and one method for assessing literature search effectiveness but no consensus on appropriate use

Individualisation of drug treatments for patients with long-term conditions: a review of concepts

N of 1 trials and the optimal individualisation of drug treatments: a systematic review protocol

The realities of partnership in person-centred care: a qualitative interview study with patients and professionals

Solutions to problematic polypharmacy: learning from the expertise of patients

Rehabilitation Enablement in ChronicHeart Failure - a facilitated self-care rehabilitation intervention in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (REACH-HFpEF) and their caregivers: rationale and protocol for a single-centre pilot ran

A pilot randomised controlled trial of a preconsultation web-based intervention to improve the care quality and clinical outcomes of diabetes outpatients (DIAT)

The clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Rehabilitation Enablement in Chronic Heart Failure (REACH-HF) facilitated self-care rehabilitation intervention in heart failure patients and caregivers: rationale and protocol for a multicentre rand

A pre-consultation web-based tool to generate an agenda for discussion in diabetes outpatient clinics to improve patient outcomes (DIAT): a feasibility study

Upcoming Events


Searching and Review Clinic

Room 2.17, South Cloisters, St Lukes Campus, University of Exeter

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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Searching and Review Clinic

ITTC Building, Plymouth

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Job opportunity - PenCLAHRC Research Fellow

02 August 2018

The University of Plymouth Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry are looking to recruit a Research Fellow within...
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Professor Ken Stein appointed Director of the NIHR Systematic Reviews Programme

22 July 2018

PenCLAHRC’s Deputy Director, Professor Ken Stein, has been appointed as Programme Director for the NIHR Systematic Reviews (SR)...
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Celebrating positives in the classroom may improve child behaviour and mental health

18 July 2018

Training teachers to focus their attention on positive conduct, and to avoid jumping to correct...
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Research Projects

Improving Continence

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

What is the available evidence for interventions relating to improving continence for children and young...
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Theme: Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine

How can we help GPs make better use of thyroid function tests?
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Research Projects