Professor Chris Burton

Professor of Primary Medical Care

Prof Chris BurtonProfessor Chris Burton
Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care
Samuel Fox House
Northern General Hospital
Herries Road
Sheffield    S5 7AU

Tel:  0114 222 2216
Fax: 0114 222 2199


I am an academic GP with a particular interest in how doctors and patients deal with persistent physical symptoms. My work aims to help doctors explain symptoms constructively. We recognise that symptoms have both peripheral (body) and central (brain) processes and the challenge is to translate developments in science, particularly neuroscience, into explanations which safely make sense of symptoms for patients and lead to better management

I have other interests around diagnosis, testing and reassurance, and healthcare use in relation to both mental and physical ill-health. I use a variety of methods including analysis of large data, development and evaluation of clinical interventions, and technological innovation.

Within the university I lead the Academic Unit of Primary Care, and represent the Academic Unit of Medical Education on faculty research committees. I am a member of the Centre for Urgent Care Research within ScHARR.

Edited books

  • Burton C (Ed.) (2013) The ABC of Medically Unexplained Symptoms. Wiley-Blackwell. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Burton C (2002) Introduction to complexity In Sweeney K & Griffiths F (Ed.) (pp. 1-18). Oxford: Radcliffe. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Fink P, Burton C, De Bie J, Söllner W & Fritzsche K () Current state of management and organisation of care, Medically Unexplained Symptoms, Somatisation and Bodily Distress (pp. 97-123). Cambridge University Press RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Burton C, Morton L, Elliott A, Deary.DV. , Cleland J & Thomas RE (2015) Multiple Symptoms Study 2 - feasibility of training GPs to deliver the Symptoms Clinic Intervention. Symptom Research in Primary Care. Vejle, Denmark, 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wolters MK, Szentagotai-Tatar A, Matu S, Moldovan R, David D, McKinstry BH & Burton CD (2014) eHealth Support for People with Depression in the Community: A Case Study Series. Proceedings of HCI Korea (pp 138-144). Seoul, Republic of Korea RIS download Bibtex download