Dr Louise Preston

BA (Hons), MSc, PhD (Sheffield)

School of Health and Related Research

Senior Research Fellow

Faculty Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

l.r.preston@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0847

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Dr Louise Preston
School of Health and Related Research
1019
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA
Profile

I work as a Senior Research Fellow in the Information Resources Group, HEDS, which I joined in May 2008 as an Information Specialist.

I work part time, working four days a week and balance research and teaching with leadership activities including being the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Faculty Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and the ScHARR Athena SWAN self assessment team co-chair role. 

I joined ScHARR in October 2006 as a Research Associate on the Evaluation of Supplementary Prescribing in Nursing and Pharmacy project, based in the Public Health section. Prior to this, I worked as a Research Assistant in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield.

Research interests

My interests lie primarily in undertaking evidence reviews of complex interventions, specifically in service delivery areas and in the identification of evidence for reviews. I have led a variety of different reviews for organisations including the HS&DR Evidence Synthesis Centre, the What Works Centre for Wellbeing and the ScHARR Public Health Collaborating Centre and have been involved in a number of publications from this work. I have also published on methods relating to searching. From my prior research projects, I maintain an interest in health services research with a particular interest in information use by patients and carers. I obtained my PhD in 2005 from the University Of Sheffield. It examined the impact of the MMR vaccine scare on parents in terms of their decision making and information requirements.

Publications

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Reports

  • 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
  • Kearns B, Rafia R, Leaviss J, Preston L, Wong R, Brazier J, Palmer S & Ara R (2014) Whole pathway modelling of depression in patients. (Theme 2: Mental Health). Part 1, Executive summary, introduction, clinical reviews and conceptual modelling. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kearns B, Rafia R, Leaviss J, Preston L, Wong R, Brazier J, Palmer S & Ara R (2014) Whole pathway modelling of depression in patients. (Theme 2: Mental Health). Part 2. Independent economic evaluation: methods and results, discussion and conclusion RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kearns B, Rafia R, Leaviss J, Preston L, Wong R, Brazier J, Palmer S & Ara R (2014) Whole pathway modelling of depression in patients. (Theme 2: Mental Health). Appendices. RIS download Bibtex download

Posters

  • Stevens JW, Harvey RC, Johnson M & Khunti K (2014) Preventing the Progression to Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Adults at High Risk: A Systematic Review And Network Meta-Analysis of Lifestyle, Pharmacological and Surgical Interventions. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Preston L Developing search strategies for evidence on quality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). A preliminary study. 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
Professional activities
  • Project lead and reviewer with a special interest in non-standard reviews, such as rapid reviews, mapping reviews and scoping reviews.
  • Information specialist on a variety of ScHARR projects.
  • Lecturer and dissertation supervisor on ScHARR Masters Programmes and PhD supervision
  • Co-chair (with Professor Aki Tsuchiya) of the ScHARR Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team
  • Faculty Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for Medicine, Dentistry and Health