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Tanvi Rai


Health Researcher

I am a mixed methods researcher with a PhD in public health. I joined the department in 2018 and have been involved in developing an intervention to help people who have experienced a stroke or TIA to measure their blood pressure at home (The BP:Together study). Being keen to reflect UK stroke demographics in our sample, I used multiple community-based approaches (in addition to recruitment through primary care) to recruit participants who were ethnically and socioeconomically diverse (with success). The randomised controlled trial (RCT) to test whether this intervention enables optimal blood pressure control in the stroke population is currently underway and I will be leading the process evaluation work on this. In 2019, I conducted a qualitative interview study with chief investigators of large, multi-site RCTs funded by the NIHR exploring how they choose their research sites. This work was commissioned by the NIHR to explore ways to enable more research to be conducted in areas of greatest patient need. I am a tutor on the Qualitative Research Methods courses run by the department.

Previously I was a post-doc researcher at Imperial College studying the experiences of people living with HIV in London, in light of changing guidelines for HIV care and the clinical transformation of HIV from a degenerative and fatal infection to a chronic condition. 

I completed my PhD in 2013 at Imperial College London. My thesis investigated the relationship between labour migration and HIV in India and how it changes over the life course of migrant families, using qualitative and quantitative methods.