Health Experiences Research Group
We research experiences of health and illness, interviewing people about what it’s like to live with medical conditions such as cancer, heart failure and autism. We highlight how personal narratives can inform policy and improve services.
founded in 2000
190 papers published
£7m+ research income
We bring a diverse range of disciplinary backgrounds to our research, including medical sociology, anthropology, psychology, political sciences, discourse analysis and biological sciences. Many of us are funded to research a specific health condition (so far 70 different conditions have been covered and findings are available on the healthtalk.org website). This research is based on one-to-one interviews with people about what it’s like to live with particular conditions – mostly recorded on video.
The methods used by the Oxford Health Experiences Research Group have set the benchmark for research into health and illness experiences.Sir Muir Gray
We are researching the use of personal narratives for a variety of uses in health policy and practice, including sharing personal experiences online, using personal narratives to stimulate local experience-based co-design and to inform NICE quality standards.
Some of us teach in the University of Oxford Medical School and present our research at international conferences and meetings. We run training courses on qualitative data collection methods and analysis. We provide training and on-going support to similar groups of researchers worldwide. Our interview resources are helping to improve services and develop training for clinical staff in the NHS.
We collaborate with the Universities of Northumbria, Sussex, Warwick, Glasgow, Kent, Leeds Metropolitan, Hertfordshire, Manchester, King’s College London, the London School of Economics, and the Department of Health Policy Research Unit in Quality and Outcomes of Patient-Centred Care and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Oxford.
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- Patients’ experiences of cancer diagnosis in UK, Sweden and Denmark
- Impact of Sharing PEX
- Service design using PEX
- Clinical Research Participation
- Teaching and Learning
- Examining the Role of Patients' Experiences as a Resource for Choice and Decision-Making in Health Care
- Secondary analysis of health experience interviews to inform policy and practice - what matters most to users about quality of care?
- Experiences of Women in Science
- The potential of alternatives to face to face consultation in general practice, and the impact on different patient groups
Current Modules for healthtalk
- Young People's Experience of Primary Care
- Young People with Skin Problems - Acne, Alopecia, Eczema & Psoriasis
- Researchers' Experiences of PPI
- Influenza in at-risk Children
- Neo Natal Surgery
- Domestic Violence and Abuse
- Understanding Experiences of, Recruiting for, and Participating in Genomics Research
- Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy
- Heart Failure