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Staff Profile

Dr Zhivko Zhelev

Research Fellow

Kath Maguire

My background is clinical psychology and systemic family therapy and my PhD thesis was on disability discourses in modern Bulgarian society. Since I joined Peninsula Technology Assessment Group (PenTAG) in 2010, my main interest has been the methodology of systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy studies and the communication of their results to healthcare professionals. Within PenCLAHRC, I am involved in the Cardiac Reviews of Tests and Training (CARoTT) project which, in collaboration with the Peninsula Heart and Stroke Network, aims to develop the research capacity of PenTAG by conducting a series of diagnostic test accuracy reviews on tests used in the diagnosis of cardiac conditions such as acute coronary syndrome. I’m leading on two systematic reviews concerning the diagnostic accuracy of computed tomography and highly sensitive troponin in the diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome. My main interests lie in the methodology of diagnostic test accuracy reviews and qualitative research methods.

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Contact by phone
01392 726093

Employed by
University of Exeter

Areas of expertise
Qualitative Research Methods, Diagnostic Test Accuracy Review Methods

Projects

Effectiveness of interventions to reduce ordering of thyroid function tests: a systematic review

UNTEST

AHSN/PenCHORD project - Cardiac Troponin: Diagnosing heart attacks in A&E

Publications

A qualitative study into the difficulties experienced by healthcare decision makers when reading a Cochrane diagnostic test accuracy review

Tests for screening for hearing loss in children about to start school (Protocol)

Effectiveness of interventions to reduce ordering of thyroid function tests: A systematic review

Prehospital stroke scales as screening tools for early identification of stroke and transient ischemic attack

Diagnostic accuracy of single baseline measurement of Elecsys Troponin T high-sensitive assay for diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction in emergency department: systematic review and meta-analysis

Redesigning the diagnostic pathway for chest pain patients in emergency departments

A directly comparative two-gate case–control diagnostic accuracy study of the pure tone screen and HearCheck screener tests for identifying hearing impairment in school children

A programme of studies including assessment of diagnostic accuracy of school hearing screening tests and a cost-effectiveness model of school entry hearing screening programmes

Exploring reasons for variation in ordering thyroid function tests in primary care: a qualitative study

Upcoming Events

Mar
26

Searching and Review Clinic

South Cloisters 1.47, St Luke's 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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Mar
28

Qualitative Research Advice Clinic for...

South Cloisters Room CH 1.13 College House, St Luke's Campus, University of Exeter

Whether you are a postgraduate student, academic or researcher you can book an appointment to speak...
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News

Persistent sore throat could be larynx cancer warning

18 March 2019

A study of more than 800 patients diagnosed with cancer of the larynx has found...
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Child anxiety could be factor in school absences, research concludes

28 February 2019

New Exeter Medical School research, supported by PenCLAHRC and the Wellcome Trust, has found a...
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Partner in focus – Livewell Southwest

22 February 2019

As a partnership of NHS Trusts across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, plus the Universities of...
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Research Projects

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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ADAPT: Accelerated Design and Programme Testing

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

The research involves adapting aspects of Family Nurse Partnership, an evidence-based programme for young mothers...
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Research Projects