Kate ThomasProfessor Kate Thomas

Honorary Professor of Health Services Research, ScHARR, University of Sheffield

Email:- k.thomas@sheffield.ac.uk


Prof Kate Thomas has over 30 years’ experience in academic health services research at the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds. She has published approximately 50 primary research papers in peer reviewed journals (selected publications below).

She recently completed a two-year research consultancy working with colleagues from the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds on a Medical Research Council methodology research project and is currently a consultant on a project exploring the potential for utilising financial incentives to improve breast feeding rates in localities with very low breast feeding rates (The NOSH Trial). This project is funded by the Medical Research Council through their National Prevention Research Initiative (NPRI). This initiative funds research aimed at improving health and preventing diseases. It supports research on behaviours associated with significant risks to health, such as poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol consumption, and on the environment factors that influence those behaviours

Research Commissioning Roles:

Member of the commissioning Board of the NIHR Health Services Research (NIHR HSR) Programme (2009 – 2011)
Member of the commissioning panel of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (NCC HTA) Programme (2003 – 2009)
Member of National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Complementary Therapies Clinical Studies Group (2004 – 2007)
Member of the Department of Health Research Capacity Development (NCCRCD) Advisory Committee on Research Training Fellowships (2002 - 2004)

Key Publications

O'Cathain A, Hoddinott P, Lewin S, Thomas KJ, Young B, Adamson J, Jansen Y, Mills N, Moore G, Donovan J. Maximising the impact of qualitative research in feasibility studies for randomised controlled trials: guidance for researchers. Pilot and Feasibility Studies (2015) 1:32

O’Cathain A, Thomas KJ, Drabble SJ, Rudolph A, Goode J, Hewison J. Maximising the value of combining qualitative research and randomised controlled trials in health research: the QUAlitative Research in Trials (QUART) study – a mixed methods study. Health Technol Assessment 2014;18(38).

Wilkinson J, Thomas KJ, Freeman J, McKenna B. Day-to-day practice of osteopaths using osteopathy in the cranial field: A national survey by means of a standardised data collection tool. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 2014 Volume 18, Issue 1, 13 – 21.

O’Cathain A, Goode J, Drabble SJ, Thomas KJ, Rudolph A, Hewison J. Getting added value from using qualitative research with randomised controlled trials: A qualitative interview study. Trials 2014;15:215.

Drabble SJ, O’Cathain A, Thomas KJ, Rudolph A, Hewison J. Describing qualitative research undertaken with randomised controlled trials in grant proposals: a documentary analysis. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2014, 14:24.

Whelan B, Thomas KJ, Van Cleemput P, Whitford H, Strong M, Renfrew MJ, Scott E, Relton C. Healthcare providers' views on the acceptability of financial incentives for breastfeeding: A study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014;14:355

Relton C, Whelan B, Strong M, Thomas K, Whitford H, Scott E, Van Cleemput P. Are financial incentives for breastfeeding feasible in the UK? A mixed methods field study. [Conference abstract]. The Lancet (2014) 384:55.doi:10.1016/S0140-6736 (14)62131-0.

O’Cathain A, Thomas KJ, Drabble SJ, Rudolph A, Hewison J. What can qualitative research do for randomised controlled trials? A systematic mapping review. BMJ Open 2013;3:e002889.

Harris PE, Cooper K, Relton C, Thomas KJ. Prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine by the general population: a systematic review and update. International Journal of Clinical Practice. 2012;66;10: 924–939.

Relton C, Bissell P, Smith C, Blackburn J, Cooper CL, Nicholl J, Tod A, Copeland R, Loban A, Chater T, Thomas KJ, Young T, Weir C, Harrison G, Millbourn A, Manners R. South Yorkshire Cohort: a ‘cohort trials facility’ study of health and weight - Protocol for the recruitment phase. BMC Public Health. 2011;11:640.

Price S, Long A, Godfrey M, Thomas KJ. Getting inside acupuncture trials; exploring intervention theory and rationale. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2011;11:22.

Hopton A K, Thomas K J and MacPherson H. Willingness to try acupuncture again: reports from patients on their treatment reactions in a low back pain trial. Acupuncture in Medicine 2010 28: 185-188.

Relton C, Smith C, Raw J, Adebajo AO, Young T, Thomas KJ. Healthcare provided by a homeopath as an adjunct to usual NHS care for Fibromyalgia; a randomised controlled trial. Homeopathy 2009; 98(2) 77- 82.

Paterson C, Thomas KJ, Manasse A, Cooke H, Peace G. Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing (MYCaW): an individualised questionnaire for evaluating outcome in cancer support care. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2007; 15(1):38-45.

Van Cleemput P, Parry G, Thomas KJ, Peters J, Cooper C. Health-related beliefs and experiences of Gypsies and Travellers; a qualitative study. J Epidemiol Community Health 2007; 61: 205-210

Parry G, Van Cleemput P, Peters J, Walters S, Thomas KJ, Cooper C. Research Report; Health status of Gypsies and Travellers in England. J Epidemiol Community Health 2007;61:198-204

O´Cathain A, Thomas KJ. Combining qualitative and quantitative methods. In Pope C, Mays N (eds). Qualitative Research in Health Care. Blackwell Publishing Ltd: Oxford, 2006, Third Edition, pp102-111.

Thomas KJ, MacPherson H, Thorpe L, et al. Randomised controlled trial of a short course of traditional acupuncture compared to usual care for persistent low back pain. British Medical Journal, 2006; 333: 623- 626

Thomas KJ, MacPherson H, Thorpe L, Brazier J, Fitter M, Campbell M, Roman M, Walters S, Nicholl, J. Longer term clinical and economic benefits of offering acupuncture to patients with chronic low back pain. Health Technology Assessment, 2005

Thomas KJ and Coleman P. Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAMs) in a general population in Great Britain; results from the National Omnibus Survey. Journal of Public Health 2004; 26(2) 152-157

MacPherson H, Scullion T, Thomas KJ, Walters S. Patient reports of adverse events associated with acupuncture: a large scale prospective survey. Quality & Safety in Health Care. 2004; 13: 349-355

Thomas KJ, Coleman P. Nicholl J. Trends in access to complementary or alternative medicines (CAMs) via primary care in England, 1995-2001. Family Practice 2003; 20(5): 575-7.

Thomas KJ, Coleman P. Weatherley-Jones E, Luff D. Developing integrated CAM services in Primary Care Organisations. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2003 ;11: 261-267.

O’Cathain A, Walters S, Nicholl J, Thomas KJ, Kirkham M. Use of evidence based leaflets to promote informed choice in maternity care: a randomised controlled trial in everyday practice. British Medical Journal 2002; 324(7338) 643-649

MacPherson H, Thomas KJ, Walters S, Fitter M. The York acupuncture safety study: prospective survey of 34,000 treatments by traditional acupuncturists. British Medical Journal 2001; 323:486-7