Duncan Chambers

BSc, MSc

School of Health and Related Research

Research Fellow

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Duncan Chambers
School of Health and Related Research
2037, 2nd Floor
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I joined the University of Sheffield in September 2014 after 9 years at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD), University of York.  While at CRD I helped to develop and deliver a responsive evidence briefing service using systematic reviews and other synthesised evidence to address questions raised by NHS decision-makers.  I am a co-applicant on a study to evaluate this type of service with clinical commissioning groups in North East England.

I am currently working on a rapid evidence synthesis programme commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme.

Research interests

My research interests are concerned with supporting the use of systematic reviews in evidence-informed decision-making, particularly around commissioning, organisation and delivery of health services.  This includes methods for rapid review of primary research, overviews of systematic reviews and incorporation of evidence relevant to the implementation of service change alongside effectiveness and cost-effectiveness evidence.

Current projects:

  • HS&DR evidence synthesis centre
  • HS&DR - 12/5002/18:  Effects of a demand-led knowledge translation service on the uptake and use of research evidence by NHS commissioners

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  • Chambers D, Cantrell A & Booth A (2020) Recognition of risk and prevention in safeguarding of children and young people: a mapping review and component analysis of interventions aimed at health and social care professionals. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Srivastava T, Chambers D, Thomas C & Whyte S (2019) ECASS health economic feasibility study View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chambers D, Cantrell A, Preston L, Peasgood T, Paisley S & Clowes M (2018) Systematic review of the evidence on housing interventions for ‘housing-vulnerable’ adults and its relationship to wellbeing View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chambers D, Preston L, Salway S, De Saille S, Topakas A, Booth A, Dawson J & Wilsdon JR (2017) The Diversity Dividend: does a more diverse and inclusive research community produce better biomedical and health research? View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Chambers D, Booth A, Rodgers M, Preston L, Baxter S, Dalton J, Thomas S, Johnson M, Goyder E, Parker G , Street A et al (2017) NIHR HS&DR evidence synthesis centres: achievements and learning from the first three year programme, 2014–2017 View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Preston LR, Chambers D, Campbell F, Cantrell A, Turner J & Goyder E (2017) What evidence is there for the identification and management of frail older people in the emergency department? A systematic mapping review View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Whyte S, Chambers D & Wong R (2015) Degarelix for treating advanced hormone-dependent Prostate cancer [ID590] Spinal cord compression associated with hormonal therapy in men with hormone-dependent metastatic prostate cancer: a systematic review and economic assessment RIS download Bibtex download

Working papers

  • Chambers D, Preston L, Topakas A, de Saille S, Salway S, Booth A, Dawson J & Wilsdon J (2017) Review of diversity and inclusion literature and an evaluation of methodologies and metrics relating to health research. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

My teaching interests lie in systematic reviews and critical appraisal of research evidence.

Professional activities

Peer reviewer for the Cochrane Wounds Group and various international journals.