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Geoff's research interest is in the use of realist approaches to make sense of complex health and social interventions. Students interested in undertaking a full or part-time Masters or DPhil at the Department in Oxford using realist synthesis and/or realist evaluation in their research are invited to contact him.
MA MBBS MD(Res) MRCGP FHEA
Clinical Research Fellow
Geoff joined the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences team in March 2015. He is a highly experienced and internationally recognised expert in realist synthesis and evaluation and works closely with researchers in the field of evidence syntheses of complex health and social interventions.
Clinically he works as a General Practitioner (GP) in Swiss Cottage, north London. He has previously worked at University College London and Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
He gained his first degree in Medical Sciences from the University of Cambridge and his MBBS from Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital. He undertook his vocational training in north London and is currently a GP Trainer. His MD(Res) on the use of the Internet in medical education was supervised by Professors Trish Greenhalgh and Ray Pawson.
Geoff’s research centres on making sense of complex health and social interventions in which context and human agency are key. His work focuses on applying a realist logic of analysis in evidence syntheses or evaluations to explain and understand these types of interventions.
Current research projects:
Independent Evaluation of SITA Africa: Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa (funder: DFID)
Developing a framework for a novel multi-disciplinary, multi-agency intervention(s), to improve medication management in older people on complex medication regimens resident in the community - the MEMORABLE project (funder: NIHR HS&DR Programme)
Completed research projects:
RAMESES II: Realising the potential for realist research for improving the delivery of health services (funder: NIHR HS&DR Programme)
Interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing of doctors in training: A realist review (funder: NIHR HS&DR Programme)
Internet-based learning for training health care professionals in service: A realist review (funder: World Health Organization)
Does therapeutic writing help people with long term conditions? Systematic review, realist synthesis and economic modelling (funder: NIHR HTA Programme)
RAMESES (Realist and Meta-narrative Evidence Synthesis: Evolving Standards): A project to develop methodological guidance and publication standards for realist and meta-narrative forms of systematic review and provide support to teams undergoing such reviews (funder: NIHR SDO Programme)
- Research synthesis in action: This project explored the potential for using Realist synthesis in partnership with NICE and was refined to focus on understanding the use of legislative interventions in public health policy (funder: ESRC)
- The use of the Internet in Medical Education: A project that used realist synthesis to understand the ‘in what circumstances, for whom and how to best to use’ the internet in medical education (funder: NoCLoR)
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