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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 healthtalkonline and youthhealthtalk websites). 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, Sheffield, Warwick, Glasgow, Kent, 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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