Duncan Chambers BSc, MSc

Research Fellow

Duncan Chambers

Section of Public Health
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

Office:  Room 2037, 2nd Floor, ScHARR, Regent Court

Tel:  +44 (0) 114 222 5159
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 0749

Email: d.chambers@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0002-0154-0469


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 implementation of service change alongside effectiveness and cost-effectiveness evidence.

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.

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

Key Publications

Chambers D, Booth A, Rodgers M, Preston L, Dalton J, Goyder E, Thomas S, Parker G, Street A & Eastwood A (2019) Evidence to support delivery of effective health services: a responsive programme of rapid evidence synthesis. Evidence & Policy: a Journal of Research, Debate and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1332/174426419X15468574223221

Wilson, P. M., Farley, K., Bickerdike, L., Booth, A., Chambers D, Lambert, M., . . . Watt, I. S. (2017). Effects of a demand-led evidence briefing service on the uptake and use of research evidence by commissioners of health services: a controlled before-and-after study. Health Services and Delivery Research, 5(5). doi:10.3310/hsdr05050

Chambers D, Booth, A., Baxter, S. K., Johnson, M., Dickinson, K. C., & Goyder, E. C. (2016). Evidence for models of diagnostic service provision in the community: literature mapping exercise and focused rapid reviews. Health Services and Delivery Research, 4(35), 1-362. doi:10.3310/hsdr04350

Chambers D, Paton F, Wilson P, Eastwood A, Craig D, Fox D, Janye D, McGinnes E.  An overview and methodological assessment of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of enhanced recovery programmes in colorectal surgery.  BMJ Open. 2014 May 30;4(5):e005014.

Paton F, Chambers D, Wilson P, Eastwood A, Craig D, Fox D, Jayne D, McGinnes E.  Effectiveness and implementation of enhanced recovery after surgery programmes: a rapid evidence synthesis.  BMJ Open.  2014 Jul 22;4(7):e005015.

Moe-Byrne T, Chambers D, Harden M, McDaid C.  Behaviour change interventions to promote prescribing of generic drugs: a rapid evidence synthesis and systematic review.  BMJ Open. 2014 May 14:4(5):e004623.

Chambers D, Wilson P, Thompson C, Harden M.  Social network analysis in healthcare settings: a systematic scoping review.  PLoS One. 2012;7(8):e41911.

Chambers D, Wilson P. A framework for production of systematic review based briefings to support evidence-informed decision-making.  Syst Rev. 2012 Jul 9;1:32.

Chambers D, Wilson PM, Thompson CA, Hanbury A, Farley K, Light K.  Maximising the impact of systematic reviews in health care decision making: a systematic scoping review of knowledge-translation resources.  Milbank Q. 2011 Mar;89(1):131-56.