Claire Bentley BSc (Hons)
University of Sheffield,
30 Regent Street,
Room: 1.09b, 1st Floor, The Innovation Centre, S1 4DP
Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2976
I joined the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology (RAT) Group in April 2011 after working in pharmaceutical market research for several years. Prior to this I gained a first class Psychology degree at the University of Manchester. In both of these ventures I gained valuable experience of research methods and their application to the healthcare context.
I am currently a Research Associate working as part of the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health and Research Care: Yorkshire and Humber (CLAHRC-YH). Within this role I am working on the SMART (Self-Management supported by Assistive, Rehabilitation and Telehealth technologies) project which is investigating the potential to use technology in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) self-management. This involves close liaison with Breathe Easy support groups and NHS Trusts across South Yorkshire. We have developed an ‘app’ which could help people with COPD to increase their physical activity, and we are evaluating its acceptability and usefulness in a feasibility study with patients and healthcare professionals. I am also involved in research evaluating the use of a portable monitoring device to aid weight loss and HbA1c control in Type 2 Diabetes.
Prior to this I worked as a Research Associate in the CLAHRC for South Yorkshire. As part of this role I managed a pilot RCT investigating whether a telemonitoring system could improve quality of life and
decrease hospitalisations in COPD patients. In addition I established and managed a project looking into users’ views of telecare and specifically the reasons why people may or may not decide to use it.
This has involved liaising with Sheffield City Council, City Wide Care Alarms and many voluntary / third sector organisations. The results have informed SCC / CWCA’s business and marketing strategy.
I have a general interest in people’s self-management of their health. I am particularly interested in the relationship between physical and mental health and its implications for self-management interventions.
I helped establish and am now running an ILA Masterclass which introduces medical undergraduates to telehealth and telecare. I also lead workshops and lectures with nursing and allied health professional undergraduates at Sheffield Hallam University on the same topic.
• SMART3 COPD development work and feasibility study
- Bentley CL, Powell LA, Orrell A & Mountain GA (2018) Making Telecare desirable rather than a last resort. Ageing and Society, 38(5), 926-953. View this article in WRRO
- Kargiannakis M, Fitzsimmons DA, Bentley CL & Mountain GA (2017) Does Telehealth Monitoring Identify Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Reduce Hospitalisations? An Analysis of System Data. JMIR Medical Informatics, 5(1), e8-e8. View this article in WRRO
- Bentley CL, Otesile O, Bacigalupo R, Elliott J, Noble H, Hawley MS, Williams EA & Cudd P (2016) Feasibility study of portable technology for weight loss and HbA1c control in type 2 diabetes. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 16(1), 92-92. View this article in WRRO
- Fitzsimmons DA, Thompson J, Bentley CL & Mountain GA (2016) Comparison of patient perceptions of Telehealth-supported and specialist nursing interventions for early stage COPD: a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research, 16(1), 420-420. View this article in WRRO
- Draffan EA, James A, Cudd P & Bentley C (2015) Barriers and Facilitators to Uptake of Assistive Technologies: Summary of a Literature Exploration. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 217, 350-356.
- Bentley CL, Powell LA, Orrell A & Mountain GA (2015) Addressing design and suitability barriers to Telecare use: Has anything changed?. Technology and Disability, 26(4), 221-235. View this article in WRRO
- Bartlett YK, Haywood A, Bentley CL, Parker J, Hawley MS, Mountain GA & Mawson S (2014) The SMART personalised self-management system for congestive heart failure: results of a realist evaluation. BMC Medical Informatics & Decision Making, 14. View this article in WRRO
- Bentley CL, Mountain GA, Thompson J, Fitzsimmons DA, Lowrie K, Parker SG & Hawley MS (2014) A pilot randomised controlled trial of a Telehealth intervention in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: challenges of clinician-led data collection. Trials, 15(1). View this article in WRRO
- Bentley CL, Powell L, Potter S, Parker J, Mountain GA, Bartlett YK, Farwer J, O'Connor C, Burns J, Cresswell RL , Dunn HD et al () Use of a smartphone app plus activity tracker to promote physical activity in COPD: a randomised feasibility study (Preprint). JMIR mHealth and uHealth.
- Bentley CL, Bartlett YK, Farwer J, Mountain GA & Hawley MS () Using technology to help people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) increase their physical activity – the ‘SMART3' project. International Journal of Integrated Care, 14(8).
- Bentley CL, Powell L, Potter S, Parker J, Mountain GA, Bartlett YK, Farwer J, O'Connor C, Burns J, Cresswell RL , Dunn HD et al () Use of a smartphone app plus activity tracker to promote physical activity in COPD: a randomised feasibility study (Preprint).
Conference proceedings papers
- James A, Draffan EA, Cudd P & Bentley C () T4I2016 - James, Abi; Draffan, E.A.; Cudd, Peter; Bentley, Claire: Terminology, understanding AT and practice