Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care



Below is a selection of the qualitative work we publish in leading peer reviewed journals:



  • Davies N, Manthorpe J, Sampson E L, Lamahewa K, Wilcock J, Mathew R, Iliffe S. (2018). Guiding practitioners through end of life care for people with dementia: The use of Heuristics. Plos One. 13(11): e0206422
  • Davies N, Walker N, Hopwood J, Iliffe S, Rait G, Walters K. (2018) A “separation of worlds”: The support and social networks of family carers of people with dementia at the end of life, and the possible role of the internet. Health and Social Care in the Community.
  • Davies-Kershaw, H., Petersen, I., Nazareth, I., Stevenson, F. (2018). Factors influencing recording of drug misuse in primary care: a qualitative study of GPs in England.. The British Journal of General Practice : The Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, doi:10.3399/bjgp18x695309
  • Hopwood J., Walker N., McDonagh L., Rait G., Walters K., Iliffe S., Ross J., & Davies N. (2018). A systematic review of internet-based interventions aimed at supporting family caregivers of people with dementia. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 20(6).
  • Khadjesari, Z., Stevenson, F., Toner, P., Linke, S., Milward, J., Murray, E. (2018). ‘I’m not a real boozer’: a qualitative study of primary care patients’ views on drinking and its consequences. Journal of Public Health, doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdy067
  • Kharicha K, Manthorpe J, Davies N, Iliffe S, Walters K. (2018). Strategies employed by older people to manage loneliness: Systematic review of qualitative studies and model development. International Psychogeriatrics.
  • King, C., Nightingale, R., Phiri, T., Zadutsa, B., Kainja, E., Makwenda, C., ...Stevenson, F. (2018). Non-adherence to oral antibiotics for community paediatric pneumonia treatment in Malawi - A qualitative investigation.. PLoS One, 13 (10), e0206404.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0206404
  • Lamahewa, K., Mathew, R., Wilcock, J., Iliffe, S., Manthorpe, J., Sampson, E.L., & Davies, N. (2018).  A qualitative study exploring the difficulties influencing decision-making at the end-of-life for people with dementia. Health Expectations, 21(1), 118-127
  • Leydon, G.M., Stuart, B., Summers, R.H., Little, P., Ekberg, S., Stevenson, F., Drew, P. (2018). Findings from a feasibility study to improve GP elicitation of patient concerns in UK general practice consultations. Patient Education and Counseling, doi:10.1016/j.pec.2018.03.009
  • Maidment I, Damery S, Campbell N, Seare N, Fox C, Iliffe S, Hilton A, Brown G, Barnes N, Wilcock J, Randle E, Gillespie S, Barton G, Shaw R. Medication review plus person-centred care: a feasibility study of a pharmacy-health psychology dual intervention to improve care for people living with dementia. BMC Psychiatry 2018; 18:340 24 September 2018. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-018-1907-4
  • McDonagh, L. K., Nielsen, E. -. J., McDermott, D. T., Davies, N., & Morrison, T. G. (2018). "I Want to Feel Like a Full Man": Conceptualizing Gay, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Men's Sexual Difficulties. Journal of Sex Research, 1-19. doi:10.1080/00224499.2017.1410519
  • McDonagh, L. K., Saunders, J. M., Cassell, J., Curtis, T., Bastaki, H., Hartney, T., & Rait, G. (2018). Application of the COM-B model to barriers and facilitators to chlamydia testing in general practice for young people and primary care practitioners: a systematic review. Implementation Science, 13 (1), 130. doi:10.1186/s13012-018-0821-y
  • Nielsen, G., Buszewicz, M., Edwards, M., Stevenson, F. (2018). A Qualitative Study of the Experiences and Perceptions of Patients with Functional Motor Disorder. Disability and Rehabilitation, doi:10.1080/09638288.2018.1550685
  • Pal K, Dack C, Ross J, Michie S, May C, Stevenson F, Farmer A, Yardley L, Barnard M, Murray E (2018) Digital Health Interventions for Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: Qualitative Study of Patient Perspectives on Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support J Med Internet Res 2018;20(2):e40 DOI: 10.2196/jmir.8439
  • Pal K, Dack C, Ross J, Michie S, May C, Stevenson F,… Murray E (2018). Digital Health Interventions for Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: Qualitative Study of Patient Perspectives on Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. Journal of Medical Internet Research. doi:10.2196/jmir.8439
  • Pelletier C, Chrysikou, V. Gibson, W, Park S, Stevenson F (2018) The gift in A&E: re-framing the medical case presentation through Mauss. Social Theory and Health https://doi.org/10.1057/s41285-018-00086-6  (Online first)
  • Pitman, A. L., Stevenson, F., Osborn, D. P. J., & King, M. B. (2018). The stigma associated with bereavement by suicide and other sudden deaths: A qualitative interview study. Social Science and Medicine, 198, 121-129.  doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.12.035
  • Pitman, A., De Souza, T., Khrisna Putri, A., Stevenson, F., King, M., Osborn, D., Morant, N. (2018). Support Needs and Experiences of People Bereaved by Suicide: Qualitative Findings from a Cross-Sectional British Study of Bereaved Young Adults.. International journal of environmental research and public health, 15 (4), doi:10.3390/ijerph15040666
  • Ross, J., Stevenson, F., Dack, C., Pal, K., May, C., Michie, S.,... Murray, E. (2018). Developing an implementation strategy for a digital health intervention: An example in routine healthcare. BMC Health Services Research. doi:10.1186/s12913-018-3615-7
  • Seguin, M., Hall, L., Atherton, H., Barnes, R., Leydon, G., Murray, E., ...Stevenson, F.A. (2018). Protocol paper for the 'Harnessing resources from the internet to maximise outcomes from GP consultations (HaRI)' study: a mixed qualitative methods study.. BMJ Open, 8 (8), e024188. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024188
  • Stevenson, F.A., Chrysikou, V., Gibson, W., Park, S., Stevenson, F.A., Pelletier, C., Gibson, W., Park, S., Chrysikou, V. (2018). The co-construction of medical disposals in emergency medicine consultations. Social Science and Medicine, 218, 69-81 doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.09.050



  • Alsaeed, D., Davies, N., Gilmartin, J, Jamieson, E., Kharicha, K., Liljas, A.E.M., Raimi-Abraham, B.T., Aldridge, J., Smith, F.J. Walters, K., Orlu Gul, M. (2016). Older people’s priorities in health and social care research and practice: A public engagement workshop. Research Involvement and Engagement 2(2).
  • Bhattacharyya M, Stevenson F, Walters K (2016) An exploration of the psychological impact and adaptation post-cardiac event in South Asians in the United Kingdom: a qualitative study. BMJ Open 6(7) e010195 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010195
  • Davies, N., Mathew, R., Wilcock, J., Manthorpe, J., Sampson, E.L., Lamahewa, K., Iliffe, S. (2016). A co-design process developing heuristics for practitioners providing end-of-life-care for people with dementia. BMC Palliative Care, 15(68).
  • Frost, R. H., McClurg, D., Brady, M., & Williams, B. (2016). Optimising the validity and completion of adherence diaries: a multiple case study and randomised crossover trial. Trials. doi:10.1186/s13063-016-1615-7
  • Greenhalgh (plus Seventy six senior academics from 11 countries) (2016) An open letter to The BMJ editors on qualitative research BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i957
  • Iliffe, S., Davies, N., Manthorpe, J., Crome, P., Ahmedzai, S., Vernooij-Dassen, M., & Engels, Y. (2016). Improving palliative care in selected settings in England using Quality Indicators: a realist evaluation. BMC Palliative Care, 15(69).
  • Mathew, R., Davies, N., Manthorpe, J., Iliffe, S. (2016). Making decisions at the end of life when caring for a person with dementia: A literature review to explore the potential use of heuristics in difficult decision-making. BMJ Open, 6: e010416.
  • Ross, J., Stevenson, F., Lau, R., & Murray, E. (2016). Factors that influence the implementation of e-health: a systematic review of systematic reviews (an update). Implement Sci, 11 (1), 146. doi:10.1186/s13012-016-0510-7
  • Stevenson, F; Hamilton, S; Pinfold, V; Walker, C; Dare, CR; Kaur, H; Lambley, R; Szymczynska, P; Nicolls, V; Petersen, I; (2016) Decisions about the use of psychotropic medication during pregnancy: a qualitative study. BMJ Open , 6 (1) , Article e010130. 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010130.
  • Summers R, Moore M, Ekberg S, Chew-Graham C, Little P, Stevenson F, Brindle L, Leydon G (2016) Soliciting additional concerns in the primary care consultation and the utility of a brief communication intervention to aid solicitation: a qualitative study Patient Education and Counseling 99 (5):  724- 732
  • Wilcock J, Jain P, Griffin M, Thuné-Boyle I, Lefford F, Rapp D, Iliffe S. Diagnosis and management of dementia in family practice. Aging & Mental Health, 2016;20(4):362-9. DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2015.1011082 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2015.1011082


  • Davies, N. (2015). Talking with family carers about end of life care for people with dementia. European Journal of Palliative Care, 22 (1), 6-8.
  • Feldman L, Wilcock J, Thuné-Boyle  I, Iliffe S. Carers' causal attributions of symptoms and help-seeking in dementia. Dementia (London). 2015 Jun 30. pii: 1471301215593185.
  • Gilbert C, Wilcock J, Thuné-Boyle I, Iliffe S. A comparison of service use by people with dementia in two samples a decade apart. Dementia (London). 2015 Apr 14. doi:10.1177/1471301215581504
  • Iliffe S, Wilcock J, Drennan V, Goodman C, Griffin M, Knapp M, et al. Changing practice in dementia care in the community: developing and testing evidence-based interventions, from timely diagnosis to end of life (EVIDEM). Programme Grants Appl Res 2015; 3(3). http://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/142093/FullReport-pgfar03030.pdf
  • Khadjesari Z, Stevenson F, Godfrey C, Murray E (2015) Negotiating the ‘grey area between normal social drinking and being a smelly tramp’: a qualitative study of people searching for help online to reduce their drinking Health Expectations doi:10.1111/hex.12351
  • Nolan T, Dack C, Pal K, Ross J, Stevenson F, Peacock R, Pearson M, Spiegelhalter D, Sweeting M, Murray E (2015) Patient reactions to a web-based cardiovascular risk calculator in type 2 diabetes: a qualitative study  British Journal of General Practice 65 (632), e152-e160 doi:10.3399/bjgp15X683953
  • Nolan, T., Dack, C., Pal, K., Ross, J., Stevenson, F. A., Peacock, R., . . . Murray, E. (2015). Patient reactions to a web-based cardiovascular risk calculator in type 2 diabetes: a qualitative study in primary care. BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE, 65 (632), E152-E160. doi:10.3399/bjgp15X683953
  • Stevenson F (2015) The use of electronic patient records for medical research: conflicts and contradictions. A qualitative pilot study in primary care. BMC Health Services Research 15(1). doi:10.1186/s12913-015-0783-6


  • Cheraghi-Sohi, S; Jeffries, M; Stevenson, F; Ashcroft,DM; Carr,M Oliver,K Rogers,A. (2014). The influence of personal communities on the self-management of medication taking: A wider exploration of medicine work. Chronic Illn, eScholarID:226916 | DOI:10.1177/1742395314537841
  • Davies, N., Maio, L., Rait, G., & Iliffe, S. (2014). Quality end of life care for dementia: What have family carers told us so far? A narrative synthesis. Palliative medicine, 28(7), 919-930.
  • Davies, N., Maio, L., Van Riet Paap, J., Mariani, E., Jaspers, B., Sommerbakk, R., Gramatico, D., Manthorpe, J., Ahmedzai, S., Vernooij-Dassen, M., & Iliffe, S. (2014). Quality Palliative Care across Europe for Cancer and Dementia: International Challenges. Ageing and Mental Health. 18(4), 400-410.
  • Davies, N., Maio, L., Vedavanam, K., Manthorpe, J., Vernooij-Dassen, M. & Iliffe, S.  (2013). Barriers to the provision of high quality palliative care for people with dementia in England. Health and Social Care in the Community, 22(4), 386-394.
  • Stevenson F (2014) Achieving visibility? Use of non-verbal communication in interactions between patients and pharmacists who do not share a common language Sociology of Health and Illness 36 (5) 756-771
  • Van Riet Paap, J., Vernooij-Dassen, M., Meiland, F., Iliffe, S., Davies, N., Leppert, W., Jaspers, B., Mariani, E., Sommerbakk, R., Vissers, K., and Engels, Y. (2014). Improving the organisation of palliative care: identification of barriers and facilitators in five European countries. Implementation Science, 9(1).