Dr Maureen Twiddy

Dr Maureen Twiddy

Senior Lecturer in Mixed Methods Research

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Hull York Medical School

Qualifications

  • BSc (University of Leeds)
  • MSc (University of Leeds)
  • PhD (University of Leeds)

Summary

I am a behavioural scientist with over 10 years post doctoral experience. I lead the Institute of Clinical and Applied Health Research (ICAHR) Methods Hub and have close collaborations with the Hull Health Trials Unit, and the University of Leeds.

I have expertise in a range of qualitative and quantitative research approaches (co-design, surveys, observational studies, clinical trials, process evaluations, interviews, and focus groups). Much of my current work involves undertaking process evaluations linked to clinical trials, and conducting embedded qualitative studies aimed at understanding the experience of patients and staff involved, and developing interventions to improve trial recruitment

Undergraduate

Dr Twiddy teaches on the MBBS

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

TIGA-CUB-manualised psychoanalytic child psychotherapy versus treatment as usual for children aged 5–11 with treatment-resistant conduct disorders and their primary carers: results from a randomised controlled feasibility trial

Edginton, E., Walwyn, R., Twiddy, M., Wright-Hughes, A., Tubeuf, S., Reed, S., …Cottrell, D. (2018). TIGA-CUB-manualised psychoanalytic child psychotherapy versus treatment as usual for children aged 5–11 with treatment-resistant conduct disorders and their primary carers: results from a randomised controlled feasibility trial. Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 30(3), 167-182. https://doi.org/10.2989/17280583.2018.1532433

High risk (B3) breast lesions: What is the incidence of malignancy for individual lesion subtypes" A systematic review and meta-analysis

Forester, N. D., Lowes, S., Mitchell, E., & Twiddy, M. (2019). High risk (B3) breast lesions: What is the incidence of malignancy for individual lesion subtypes? A systematic review and meta-analysis. European journal of surgical oncology, 45(4), 519-527. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejso.2018.12.008

Patient and public involvement in health research in low and middle-income countries: a systematic review

Cook, N., Siddiqi, N., Twiddy, M., & Kenyon, R. (2019). Patient and public involvement in health research in low and middle-income countries: a systematic review. BMJ open, 9(5), e026514. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026514

Participant engagement with a UK community-based preschool childhood obesity prevention programme: a focused ethnography study

Burton, W., Twiddy, M., Sahota, P., Brown, J., & Bryant, M. (2019). Participant engagement with a UK community-based preschool childhood obesity prevention programme: a focused ethnography study. BMC public health, 19(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7410-0

A feasibility, randomised controlled trial of a complex breathlessness intervention in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (BREEZE-IPF): study protocol

Wright, C., Hart, S. P., Allgar, V., English, A., Swan, F., Dyson, J., …Crooks, M. G. (2019). A feasibility, randomised controlled trial of a complex breathlessness intervention in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (BREEZE-IPF): study protocol. ERJ Open Research, 5(4), https://doi.org/10.1183/23120541.00186-2019

Research interests

Dr Twiddy as a number of research interests

1. Living with chronic illness and the supportive care needs of patients and carers.

2. Improving recruitment and retention to clinical trials through the application of qualitative methods to understand patient and staff perspectives of trial design, new interventions/surgical approaches and how these are embedded into clinical practice.

3. The use of Mixed Methods approaches in health research.

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

BRAVO: High grade bladder cancer: a randomised controlled trial of radical cystectomy against intra-vesical immunotherapy – a feasibility study

Funder

YCR Yorkshire Cancer Research

Grant

£3,407.00

Started

1 October 2017

Status

Complete

Project

LAVA: Thermal ablation versus surgery for patients with colorectal liver metastases

Funder

NIHR National Institute for Health Research

Grant

£18,866.00

Started

1 October 2017

Status

Ongoing

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Twiddy welcomes PhD/MSc applications in the areas of:

Clinical trial design

Chronic illness management

Patient and Public Involvement

Current PhD students

Jessica Drinkwater - Participatory research to strengthen the role of patient and public involvement in general practice service improvement (co-supervisor)

Wendy Burton - The development and evaluation of an optimisation strategy to support children’s centres to implement a public health programme (co-supervisor )

Hayley Crane - A qualitative study comparing the outcomes of through the knee and above the knee amputation (co-supervisor)

Evangelos Ntanopoulos - Emerging environmental contaminants and health inequalities.

Completed Students

Dr Santanu Acharya (MSc. 2011)

Claire Mitchell (D.Clin, Psychol, 2013)

Dr Nichola Aspinall (MSc. 2013)

Cheryl Craigs (PhD, 2015)

Saja Al Reyes (PhD, 2015)

Louise Johnson (D. Clin, Psychol. 2015)

Dr Nery Forester (MSc. 2016)