Patricia Coleman BA (Hons) Political Theory and Institutions 1984; Postgraduate Diploma in Law 2005

Pat Coleman

Research Fellow

Medical Care Research Unit
Health Services Research
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
Sheffield S1 4DA

Tel: (+44) (0)114 2220779
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Room: 3013


I joined the Medical Care Research Unit at the University of Sheffield in 1987 to work on a national study of the epidemiology of sports and exercise injuries and illness. Since then I have been engaged continuously in health services research mostly around how emergency and immediate care is provided.

In 2008 I won the JRCALC prize for research most likely to influence practice for: `Emergency Care Practitioners: Shaping a new type of health care provider from NHS roles´, and in 2009, the Zoll International prize for the highest quality research for: `War and Peace? Strategies to integrate Emergency Care Practitioners into existing health care teams in the UK.´ Both papers arose from the qualitative research that I completed as part of a national evaluation of new ways of working in health care led by Professor Suzanne Mason.

Currently I am involved in two consultancy projects and a member of the research team evaluating the 111 telephone pilot sites in England.

Research Interests

My research interests are new ways of synthesising qualitative and quantitative research results, and the potential of electronic media to transform how health services and health services research, are delivered.

Teaching Interests

I have introduced Masters students to the history of evidence-based medicine in the UK, taught the theory and practice of research ethics, and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate student dissertations, for several years.

Professional Activities

I am a member of the ScHARR Research Ethics committee, the Review Advisory Group for the Emergency Medicine Journal, and a reviewer for the Welsh Assembly Health and Social Care research programme.

Key Publications

  1. Coleman P, Nicholl J, Consensus methods to identify a set of potential performance indicators for systems of emergency and urgent care. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy 2010:15(S)(2):12-18.
  2. O'Cathain A, Coleman P, Nicholl JP Characteristics of the emergency and urgent care system important to patients: a qualitative study. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 2008;13(2):19-25.
  3. Mason S, O'Keeffe C, Coleman P, Edlin R, Nicholl JP. The effectiveness of emergency care practitioners working within existing service models of care. Emergency Medicine Journal 2007;24:239-243.
  4. Mason S, Coleman P, O’Keeffe C, Ratcliffe J, Nicholl J. The evolution of the emergency care practitioner role in England: experiences and impact. Emergency Medicine Journal 2006, 23:435-9.
  5. Thomas K J, Coleman P, Nicholl J P. Trends in access to complementary or alternative medicines via primary care in England:1995-2001. Family Practice 2003;20(5):575-7.
  6. Dixon S, Coleman P, Nicholl J, Brennan A, Touch S. An evaluation of the impact, quality and value of a technology appraisal process in the UK: the South and West Development and Evaluation Committee. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 2003;8(1):18-24.
  7. Coleman P, Nicholl J. The influence of evidence-based guidance on health policy and clinical practice in England. Quality in Health Care 2001;10(4):229-37.
  8. Coleman P, Irons R, Nicholl J. Will alternative immediate care services reduce demands for non-urgent treatment at A&E? Emergency Medicine Journal 2001;18:482-7.

Journal Letters

  1. Coleman P, Nicholl J, Warren E, Effect claimed may depend on how persistent glue ear is defined. British Medical Journal 2002;324;673.
  2. Coleman P, Nicholl J. Benefits are seen in previously sedentary individuals who start exercising regularly. British Medical Journal 2001;322:551-2.
  3. Coleman P, I’ll take the health benefits of exercise without the risks please. The Lancet, 8 August 1998;352(9126):492.
  4. Nicholl J P, Coleman P, Acute sports injuries. British Medical Journal, 30 March 1996 312; 844.
  5. Nicholl J P, Coleman P, Westlake L, Williams B T. Accuracy of Family Practitioner Committee registers. British Medical Journal, 1989;299:458.

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Pat is based in the Medical Care Research Unit in the Health Services Research section of ScHARR