Professor Alicia O'Cathain

BSc, MSc, MA, PhD

School of Health and Related Research

Professor of Health Services Research

Alicia O'Cathain
a.ocathain@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0770

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Professor Alicia O'Cathain
School of Health and Related Research
3015
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA
Profile

I am Director of the Medical Care Research Unit which focuses on the development and evaluation of complex interventions for chronic conditions (telehealth for depression and CVD risk, adherence to nebuliser treatment for adults with cystic fibrosis). I also lead projects in emergency and urgent care (variation in avoidable emergency admissions, variation in ambulance non-conveyance). I have written extensively on methodology (how best to undertake mixed methods research, focusing more recently on qualitative methods with randomised controlled trials). I am currently studying how researchers develop interventions.

Current projects

  • STOP-OHSS (Shaping and Trialling Outpatient Protocols for Ovarian HyperStimulation Syndrome)

  • ACtiF (Adherence in adults with Cystic Fibrosis)

  • ADAPT Writing guidance on how to adapt effective interventions to different contexts

  • INDEX (Identifying and critiquing approaches to intervention development)

  • VAN (Variation in Ambulance Non-conveyance)

  • EDARA An Evaluation of Alcohol Treatment Centres

  • DEUCE (Drivers of Demand for Emergency and Urgent CarE services)

Research interests

Mixed methods, evaluation of new health services, patient views of health care, using qualitative research with RCTs, developing complex interventions.

Publications

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Book reviews

Conference proceedings papers

Scholarly editions

  • McTaggart-Cowan H, O'Cathain A, Tsuchiya A & Brazier J (2009) A qualitative study exploring the general population’s perception of rheumatoid arthritis after being informed about disease adaptation. RIS download Bibtex download

Posters

  • Stone T, O'Cathain A & Knowles E (2016) VARIATION IN INTERPRETATION OF GUIDANCE AS AN EXPLANATION OF BETWEEN-SERVICE VARIATION IN AMBULANCE QUALITY INDICATORS ON NON-CONVEYANCE. RIS download Bibtex download

Presentations

  • Togher F, Turner J, Siriwardena AN & O'Cathain A What do users value about the emergency ambulance service? (vol 32, e9, 2015). RIS download Bibtex download

Other

  • Relton C, Thomas KJ & O'Cathain A (2009) Homeopathy: the clinical picture is no clearer Response. HOMEOPATHY, 98(1), 71-71. RIS download Bibtex download
  • NICHOLL JP & OCATHAIN A (1988) SLEEPING POSITION AND SIDS. LANCET, 2(8602), 106-106. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicholl JP, O'Cathain A & Mcglashan ND (1988) SLEEPING POSITION AND SIDS. The Lancet, 332(8602), 106. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

PhD Students

Teaching interests

I run mixed methods workshops and clinics for PhD candidates and teach qualitative research with RCTs. I was Chair of the ScHARR Postgraduate Research Committee 2008-2012.

Professional activities
  • Panel Member of NIHR Applied Research Programme Grants 2007-2017
  • Deputy Chair of MRC Population Health Science Fellowships Panel 2010-2014
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Mixed Methods Research 2007-2012