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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

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

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

UNTEST

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

Sep
11

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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Sep
27

Searching and Review Clinic

ITTC Building, Plymouth

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

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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UNTEST

Theme: Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine

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