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Laiba Husain

BSc (Honours) MPH


I am a qualitative researcher in the IRIHS team currently working on the Remote by Default project exploring patients' and healthcare professionals' experiences of consulting remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have previously researched public and patient involvement and engagement  through the PARADIGM project (Patients Active in Research and Dialogues for an Improved Generation of Medicines). This EU-wide Innovative Medicines Initiative project seeks to facilitate sustainable patient involvement across the cycle of medicines development in the EU; our team developed the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for patient engagement in medicines development.

As a US-UK Fulbright Scholar, I undertook my Master's in Public Health degree under the Fulbright Grant at the University of Birmingham where I was researching the relationship of trust that refugees and migrants have with their healthcare professionals in the UK. 

I will be starting my PhD at the department this fall on 'Scaling up the use of video consultations for COVID-19'. The DPhil will address barriers of equity and patient acceptance. 

Current research projects include

  • Remote by Default: a study of change at pace and scale in UK primary care in the COVID-19 pandemic, funded by UKRI COVID-19 Emergency Fund

  • Evaluation of ethnic diversity and PPI project: part of an evaluation on where the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences currently stands with respect to ethnic diversity of PPI in research.