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Research groups

Beth Jakubowski

BA (Hons), MSc


Researcher in Pregnancy Healthcare

  • Research Associate
  • DPhil Student

Current Research

I'm a research associate and NIHR/CLARHC/PCRT funded DPhil student in the Department of Primary Health Care, working with the Cardiovascular Disease Team (CVD). I'm primarily a maternal health researcher, specifically looking at the self-management of hypertensive pregnancies. 

I run the UDIP diagnostic accuracy study, a cross sectional diagnostic accuracy study on the self-testing of proteinuria in hypertensive pregnancies. This work includes a qualitative study looking at patient experiences and thoughts on self-testing. I also run the EMPOWER study, a qualitative study on healthcare professionals and patient experiences of self-management in hypertensive pregnancies. 

My DPhil thesis is on the self-management of hypertensive pregnancies, which will bring together evidence on the individual components of self-management, such as self-testing, and explore patient and healthcare professionals experiences. My supervisors are Professor Richard McManus, Dr Katherine Tucker, and Dr Lisa Hinton.

Previous Work and Research Interests

My research interests include most aspects of maternal health, but also broadly reproductive health and sexual health. I've previously worked at Doctors of the World, a leading charity in providing healthcare to vulnerable populations, project managing one of the Observatory Reports that explores the patients seen across the clinics and programmes run by Doctors of the World. 

Prior to joining the department I achieved an MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I also have an an undergraduate degree in Politics with International Relations from the University of York

Previous Publications

R. W. Aldridge, A. K. Miller, B. Jakubowski, L. Pereira, F. Fille and I. Noret, Falling through the Cracks: The Failure of Universal Healthcare Coverage in Europe, European Network to Reduce Vulnerabilities in Health Observatory Report. (London: 2017). 

Awards

1st Prize Poster Presentation: Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Annual Meeting 2020

Is self-management a burden? A qualitative systematic review on the self-management of chronic conditions during pregnancy