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Trish Greenhalgh


Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences

Trish Greenhalgh is an internationally recognised academic in primary health care and a practising GP. She joined the Department in January 2015 after previously holding professorships at University College London and Queen Mary University of London.

As Director of the Interdisciplinary Research In Health Sciences (IRIHS) unit, Trish leads a programme of research at the interface between social sciences and medicine, with strong emphasis on the organisation and delivery of health services. Her research seeks to celebrate and retain the traditional and humanistic aspects of medicine while also embracing the unparalleled opportunities of contemporary science and technology to improve health outcomes and relieve suffering. 

Trish is joint module coordinator on the Knowledge Into Action (KIA) module of the MSc in Evidence Based Health Care.

Her past research has covered the evaluation and improvement of clinical services at the primary-secondary care interface, particularly the use of narrative methods to illuminate the illness experience in ‘hard to reach’ groups; the challenges of implementing evidence-based practice (including the study of knowledge translation and research impact); the adoption and use of new technologies (including electronic patient records and assisted living technologies) by both clinicians and patients; and the application of philosophy to clinical practice.  

Current research projects include

  • SCALS (Studies of Co-creating Assisted Living Solutions): A predominantly qualitative and developmental programme of research to improve how we design, introduce and evaluate technology-supported integrated care in older people with complex needs. This includes a new 4-year Senior Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust;
  • The NIHR-funded VOCAL study of the conversational dynamics in remote (‘Skype’) consultations;
  • The NIHR-funded RAMESES-II study to develop methodological standards for realist evaluation.

Trish is a fellow at Green Templeton College and works as a GP assistant at Bartlemas Surgery within the East Oxford Health Centre. She is in principle keen to hear from prospective DPhil students in her areas of interest but currently has a full quota of doctoral students and a waiting list. 

Trish is an active contributor to the social media site Twitter: @trishgreenhalgh

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