EGA Institute for Women's Health


Researcher Profiles

Qualitative Researchers


Professor Anna David
Professor Anna David - Prenatal Therapy


Anna has worked in a number of collaborations using qualitative interviews with patients and healthcare professionals to explore their priorities and views on pregnancy conditions such as preterm birth, fetal growth restriction and fetal surgery. Her main focus is on developing novel interventions that are patient centred, and address priorities for care in a way that is sensitive and safe.



Fetal surgery:

Crombag N, Sacco, A, Stocks B, De Vloo P, Van Der Merwe J, Gallagher K, David AL, Marlow N, Deprest J. ‘We did everything we could’– A qualitative study exploring the acceptability of maternal-fetal surgery for spina bifida to parents. Prenatal Diagnosis 2021 in press

Fetal growth restriction:

Harvey ME, David AL, Dyer J, Spencer R. Pregnant women’s experiences and perceptions of participating in the EVERREST Prospective Study, a qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 Apr 30 19(1):144

Sheppard M, Spencer RN, Ashcroft R, EVERREST consortium, David AL. Ethics and social acceptability of a proposed clinical trial using maternal gene therapy to treat severe early onset fetal growth restriction. Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2016 Mar 9. doi: 10.1002/uog.15880.

Preterm birth:

Uhm S, Crowe S, Dowling I. Oliver S on behalf of Preterm Birth Priority Setting Partnership Steering Group. The process and outcomes of setting research priorities about preterm birth – a collaborative partnership. Infant 2014;10(6):178-81.

Duley L, Uhm S, Oliver S on behalf of Preterm Birth Priority Setting Partnership Steering Group. Top 15 UK research priorities for preterm birth. Lancet 2014;383:2041-2042. PMID: 24931684

Neeltje Crombag
Neeltje Crombag


Midwife and post-doc researcher, worked in the field of obstetrics, more specific in prenatal screening, diagnosis and fetal medicine. The main focus of research has been on patient-perspectives and ethics, with mainly qualitative methods (in-depth interview, focus-group) as well as semi-quantitative approaches (survey). 


Research areas of interest:
-    (Non-invasive) prenatal screening
-    Fetal surgery 
-    Perinatal mental health and resilience 
-    (Prospective) parents perspectives) 
-    Social media use of parents
-    Congenital anomalies and parents’ perspectives 
-    Patient experience and outcome measures
-    Research ethics (equipoise) 
-    Health inequalities

Professor Anne Lanceley
Professor Anne Lanceley

Anne’s background is in humanities (English literature) and healthcare (professional discipline – nursing).  She has extensive clinical and academic expertise in cancer care.  The emphasis of her research is on patient experience and the use of patient reported outcomes to measure the  effectiveness of treatments in the field of women’s cancers.
She established the Patient Care Research Group in 2008.  The Group integrates psychosocial research into the IfWH Department of Women’s Cancer at UCL with the aim of improving long term patient outcomes. The group prioritises multi-disciplinary collaboration in studies to improve quality of life and reducing suffering resulting from women’s cancer.  

Anne’s specific research interests are:

•    Patient experience of prevention and early detection approaches in women’s cancer
•    Patient and health professional communication 
•    Novel interventions including the implementation and evaluation of innovative psychological therapies 
•    Quality of life including the development of QoL measures

Anne’s theoretical perspectives are sociocultural and psychological and she has expertise in a range of qualitative methodologies including ethnography, conversation analysis, and quality of life instrument development. Methods expertise includes focus group and one-on-one interviews and content analysis.