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- Diabetes and long-term conditions Research Group
PhD Bsc (hons) RGN
Research Fellow (digital health)
I have a background in respiratory nursing and my research focuses on the experiences of people living with a long-term condition (with a particular interest in chronic respiratory disease and older people) and how we can support their self-management and health care needs with a focus on digital health.
My research predominately involves qualitative research methods, but I also have expertise in working on qualitative studies embedded within clinical trials and mixed methods research.
I currently work with Professor John Powell, supporting a number of existing digital health projects, including a randomised trial of an internet-based intervention on the NHS website to promote mental well-being in the general population and a HS&DR funded project on improving NHS Quality Using Internet Ratings and Experiences.
I teach on the HERG qualitative research methods courses and the Msc EBHC and have experience of supervising and examining research students at postgraduate level.
I am an executive member and past treasurer of the British Society of Gerontology and I am a member of the British Sociological Association 'Ageing, Body and Society' Study Group.
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Exploring patients' perspectives of an mHealth application: a qualitative study as part of EDGE COPD
Williams V. et al, (2013), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTEGRATED CARE, 13
The effect of pulmonary rehabilitation on perceptions of breathlessness and activity in COPD patients: a qualitative study.
Williams V. et al, (2010), Prim Care Respir J, 19, 45 - 51
The importance of movement for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Williams V. et al, (2011), Qual Health Res, 21, 1239 - 1248
Patients' experience of identifying and managing exacerbations in COPD: a qualitative study.
Williams V. et al, (2014), NPJ Prim Care Respir Med, 24
It is always on your mind: experiences and perceptions of falling of older people and their carers and the potential of a mobile falls detection device.
Williams V. et al, (2013), Curr Gerontol Geriatr Res, 2013
'It's the little things that count': healthcare professionals' views on delivering dignified care: a qualitative study.
Williams V. et al, (2016), J Adv Nurs, 72, 782 - 790
Issues of collaboration, representation, meaning and emotions: utilising participant-led visual diaries to capture the everyday lives of people in mid to later life
Pilcher K. et al, (2015), International Journal of Social Research Methodology
Using a mobile health application to support self-management in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A six-month cohort study eHealth/ telehealth/ mobile health systems, 'AC-63541e8b0e2a0d7170bcd513bb89d0cf
Hardinge M. et al, (2015), BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 15
What facilitates the delivery of dignified care to older people? A survey of health care professionals.
Kinnear D. et al, (2015), BMC Res Notes, 8
Review: Patients’ experiences of home enteral tube feeding (HETF) – a qualitative study
Williams V., (2015), Journal of Research in Nursing, 20