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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)
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
Development of a core outcome set to use in the research and assessment of malignant bowel obstruction: protocol for the RAMBO study
Baddeley, E., Bravington, A., Johnson, M., Currow, D., Murtagh, F. E., Boland, E., …Boland, J. (2020). Development of a core outcome set to use in the research and assessment of malignant bowel obstruction: protocol for the RAMBO study. BMJ open, 10(6), Article 039154. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039154
Putting graphic elicitation into practice: tools and typologies for the use of participant-led diagrams in qualitative research interviews
Bravington, A., & King, N. (2019). Putting graphic elicitation into practice: tools and typologies for the use of participant-led diagrams in qualitative research interviews. Qualitative Research, 19(5), 506-523. https://doi.org/10.1177/1468794118781718
Setting "survivorship" in context : the role of everyday resources in adjusting to life after cancer treatment with curative intent
Bravington, A. (2018). Setting "survivorship" in context : the role of everyday resources in adjusting to life after cancer treatment with curative intent. (Thesis). Hull York Medical School, the University of Hull and the University of York. Retrieved from https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/4221138
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
YCR Yorkshire Cancer Research
1 September 2021
1 May 2022
NIHR National Institute for Health Research
1 October 2022
Wolfson Palliative Care Research Group
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