Dr Alison Bravington

Dr Alison Bravington

Research Fellow

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Hull York Medical School

Summary

I originally qualified in English literature and worked in book publishing as a writer and editor for fifteen years. I requalified in psychology in 2008 and subsequently took a Masters degree in social research and evaluation. My research career began at the University of Huddersfield within an applied psychology team using innovative approaches to theory-driven qualitative research. This focused on multidisciplinary collaborative working and patient and caregiver experiences in specialist palliative care evaluation, health care students’ experiences of multidisciplinary care during practice placements, and assets-based approaches to the evaluation of community health initiatives. At Huddersfield, I took an active role in the development of the Pictor technique – a diagramming method for qualitative interviews which facilitates in-depth reflection on health and social care practice.

This experience created a drive to develop expertise in diverse qualitative methodologies, with a particular focus on visual methods. I joined Hull York Medical School in 2012 to undertake my PhD, using photo-elicitation, situational analysis and constructivist grounded theory to explore how social context mediates recovery from primary cancer treatment. After four years working on cancer-related multi-site studies for the Academy of Primary Care using interviewing, stakeholder consultation, observational and survey methods, I moved to the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre in 2019.

My current work is with practitioners, patients and caregivers experiencing and managing malignant bowel obstruction (MBO), working with Dr Jason Boland and collaborators at the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre at Cardiff University to develop a patient-relevant core outcome set, and with Professor Miriam Johnson to explore person-centred decision-making in MBO treatment.

Undergraduate (MBBS): Professionalism & ethics

Postgraduate (Taught): 'Using Behaviour Change Theory for intervention development' - Implementation science for advanced and chronic care (Postgraduate Module)

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Supported: supporting, enabling, and sustaining homecare workers to deliver end-of-life care: a qualitative study 2 protocol 3 4

Bayley, Z., Bothma, J., Bravington, A., Forward, C., Hussain, J., Manthorpe, J., …Johnson, M. J. (2023). Supported: supporting, enabling, and sustaining homecare workers to deliver end-of-life care: a qualitative study 2 protocol 3 4. PLoS ONE, 18(12), Article e0291525. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0291525

Development of a Core Outcome Set for the research and assessment of malignant bowel obstruction

Bravington, A., Obita, G., Baddeley, E., Johnson, M., Murtagh, F., Currow, D., …Boland, J. (2023). Development of a Core Outcome Set for the research and assessment of malignant bowel obstruction. PLoS ONE, 18(8), Article e0289501. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0289501

Development of a Core Outcome Set for the research and assessment of inoperable malignant bowel obstruction

Bravington, A., Obita, G., Baddeley, E., Johnson, M. J., Murtagh, F. E., Currow, D. C., …Boland, J. W. (2023). Development of a Core Outcome Set for the research and assessment of inoperable malignant bowel obstruction. PLoS ONE, 18(8), Article e0289501. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0289501

The range and suitability of outcome measures used in the assessment of palliative treatment for inoperable malignant bowel obstruction: A systematic review

Seddon, K., Bravington, A., Obita, G., Baddeley, E., Johnson, M. J., Murtagh, F. E., …Boland, J. W. (2022). The range and suitability of outcome measures used in the assessment of palliative treatment for inoperable malignant bowel obstruction: A systematic review. Palliative medicine, 36(9), 1336-1350. https://doi.org/10.1177/02692163221122352

Symptom burden and lived experiences of patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals on the management of malignant bowel obstruction: A qualitative systematic review

Baddeley, E., Mann, M., Bravington, A., Johnson, M. J., Currow, D., Murtagh, F. E., …Noble, S. (in press). Symptom burden and lived experiences of patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals on the management of malignant bowel obstruction: A qualitative systematic review. Palliative medicine, https://doi.org/10.1177/02692163221081331

Research interests

My research brings psychological and sociological perspectives to patient, caregiver and practitioner interactions and experiences in applied health care, and works towards theory-driven intervention development.

Funded Research Projects:

2021-2024 Bravington A, Johnson M, Boland J, Lind M, Murtagh F, Pearson M, Patterson M. Improving shared decision-making in malignant bowel obstruction: An exploration of context-specific treatment pathways and experiences to inform intervention development for person-centred care. Yorkshire Cancer Research TRANSFORM endowment fund, EN/HR1/116 £210,701

Lead investigator

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TRANSFORM: Improving shared decision-making in malignant bowel obstruction: An exploration of context-specific treatment pathways and experiences to inform intervention development for person-centred care

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YCR Yorkshire Cancer Research

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£210,701.00

Started

1 September 2021

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Ongoing

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Understanding interaction in problematic dementia and social care encounters

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NIHR National Institute for Health Research

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£6,833.00

Started

1 November 2022

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Ongoing

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YCR publication costs

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YCR Yorkshire Cancer Research

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£4,240.00

Started

1 May 2022

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Complete

Co-investigator

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Supporting, enabling and sustaining home care workers to deliver end-of-life care: amultiple-methods community-based case study

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NIHR National Institute for Health Research

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£596,722.00

Started

1 October 2022

Status

Ongoing

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