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

Searching for Programme Theories for a realist evaluation: A case study comparing an academic database search and a simple Google search

Coleman, S., Wright, J. M., Nixon, J., Schoonhoven, L., Twiddy, M., & Greenhalgh, J. (2020). Searching for Programme Theories for a realist evaluation: A case study comparing an academic database search and a simple Google search. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 20(1), 217. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12874-020-01084-x

Microplastic contamination of drinking water: a systematic review.

Danopoulos, E., Twiddy, M., & Rotchell, J. M. (2020). Microplastic contamination of drinking water: a systematic review. PLoS ONE, 15(7 July), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0236838

high INtensity Interval Training In pATiEnts with intermittent claudication (INITIATE): protocol for a multi-centre, proof-of-concept, prospective interventional study

Pymer, S., Harwood, A., Ibeggazene, S., McGregor, G., Huang, C., Twiddy, M., …Chetter, I. C. (2020). high INtensity Interval Training In pATiEnts with intermittent claudication (INITIATE): protocol for a multi-centre, proof-of-concept, prospective interventional study. BMJ open, 10(7), https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038825

Laparoscopic versus open colorectal surgery in the acute setting (LaCeS trial): a multicentre randomized feasibility trial

Cardozo, W., Baker, R., Berger, C., Chapman, S., Codd, R., Coyne, P., …Brown, J. (in press). Laparoscopic versus open colorectal surgery in the acute setting (LaCeS trial): a multicentre randomized feasibility trial. British journal of surgery, https://doi.org/10.1002/bjs.11703

Information design for bowel cancer detection. The impact of using information visualization to help patients prepare for colonoscopy screening, using a booklet, a motion graphics and an App.

dos Santos Lonsdale, M., Ni, L., Gu, C., & Twiddy, M. (2019). Information design for bowel cancer detection. The impact of using information visualization to help patients prepare for colonoscopy screening, using a booklet, a motion graphics and an App. Information Design Journal, 25(2), 125-156. https://doi.org/10.1075/idj.25.2.01lon

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

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

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

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)