About the Study Research Team Profiles Participating Centres List of Publications

Dr Karim Raza, FRCP PhD

A Reader in Clinical Rheumatology at the University of Birmingham and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust. His research interests focus on understanding:

  1. Why patients develop inflammation of the joints and why, in some patients, this develops into rheumatoid arthritis.
  2. How we can predict outcomes in patients with joint inflammation.
  3. How we can develop better management pathways for patients with early rheumatoid arthritis, in particular the development of strategies to facilitate rapid patient assessment.

Dr Rebecca Jayne Stack, BSc MBPsS MSc PhD

A NIHR funded Research Fellow at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Birmingham. Her research interests are:

  1. Understanding patient delay, help-seeking behavior and decisions to seek help at the onset of rheumatoid arthritis.
  2. Understanding the self-management of chronic illness, especially co-morbid illness (such as arthritis and heart disease) and multi-morbidity.
  3. Understanding the way that people take and self-manage their prescribed medicine.

Dr Chris Deighton BMedSci MD FRCP

A Consultant Rheumatologist at the Royal Derby Hospital in Derby, and Special Lecturer at Nottingham and Derby Medical Schools. His research interests are:

  1. Guideline development in the management of rheumatoid arthritis, and is the Clinical Advisor to the NICE RA Management Guidelines.
  2. Determining the most appropriate and cost effective use of biological therapies in rheumatoid arthritis, leading the British Society for Rheumatology Rheumatoid Arthritis Biologics Guidelines.
  3. How we can improve patient care pathways in inflammatory arthritis, working on the Department of Health Inflammatory Arthritis pathway and the Royal College of Physicians Map of Medicine.

Dr Christian Mallen, MRCGP PhD

A Senior Lecturer and Director of Academic General Practice at the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Keele University. He is also a general practitioner in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. His research interests are:

  1. Early diagnosis of common inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders
  2. Predicting outcome of musculoskeletal pain in primary care
  3. Understanding disease comorbidity in general practice.

Dr Sandra Herron-Marx (PhD, PGcap, BA(hons), DPSN, RGN)

Until 2010 she was a Reader in Health and Social Care Research and Evaluation at the University of Coventry. She is currently working on a number of externally funded research projects as an independent consultant and has an honorary contract with both Coventry University and Northumbria University. Her research interests focus on:

  1. Evaluating the impact and outcome of patient, public and carer involvement in all aspects of health and social care activity - co-evaluation and co-creation/design of services.
  2. Evaluating the impact and outcome of patient, public and carer involvement in all aspects of health research - in particular long-term conditions - Dementia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease, Rheumatology, stroke, COPD
  3. Facilitating and evaluating the learning for effective and sustained patient, carer and public involvement across health and social care.
  4. Information and support for people living with Dementia and family care-givers
  5. Accessing staff and service users views on health care - identifying effective and sustained collaborative ways of working.

Dr Patrick Kiely

A consultant physician and rheumatologist at St Georges Healthcare NHS Trust. He has a special interest in the management of early rheumatoid arthritis and the important principle of ‘treating to target’.

He is a medical advisor to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society and was a member of the NICE guideline development group for Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2008-09.

Other national roles include chairmanship of the research and education committee of the Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Network (ERAN), and membership of the Standards Guidelines and Audit Working Group of the British Society for Rheumatology.

Dr Karen Shaw, (PhD, BSc(Hons), PGCert, MBPsS)

A Research Psychologist in the School of Health and Population Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests focus on health service improvement, particularly for children, adolescents and young adults with long-term or life-shortening conditions. Areas of particular interest include:

  1. Psychosocial aspects of long-term or life-shortening conditions.
  2. Transitional care (i.e. movement from paediatric to adult health services).
  3. Patient, public and carer involvement in developing and evaluating health care services.
  4. Developing and evaluating patient/carer outcome measures.

Professor Rob Horne

Is Head of the Department of Practice and Policy and Director, Centre for Behavioral Medicine, Department of Practice and Policy and Professor of Behavioral Medicine.

His Areas of Expertise is in Behavioral medicine, patient beliefs about illness and treatment, adherence to medication, self-management of illness, health psychology, communication in healthcare, development of theory-based interventions to effect behavior change in chronic illness.

The main focus of his current research is the development of theory-based interventions to help facilitate informed choice and optimal adherence to medication and other treatments in chronic illness. Other interests include emotion and health and the placebo effect.


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