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Ms Cindy Brooks BSc (Hons), MA, MPhil

Research Fellow

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Cindy Brooks is a Research Fellow and Medical Sociologist at the School of Health Sciences and at the NHS Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN). Cindy’s research interests are combining sociological theory with qualitative and mixed methods research to explore and improve the experiences of patients, their families and health and social care professionals.

Applying social theory with health research provides key insights to reduce health inequalities and improve the experiences of patients, their families and all those involved in their care.

Cindy Brooks joined the School of Health Sciences in January 2017. Previous projects Cindy has been involved in include a mixed method research and evaluation study to improve the delivery of nutrition and hydration to people living with dementia in the community (funded by the Burdett Trust, Bournemouth University), leading to the design of an innovative person-centred nutritional and hydration model. Research findings formed the basis of an education and training tool delivered to care staff via workshops, workbooks and a YouTube video. An evaluation showed the impact of the implementation of the tool upon the nutritional and hydration practices of care staff supporting people living with dementia. She has also been involved in a study exploring the experiences of women aged 70 years and older living with breast cancer (funded by Macmillan, University of Southampton) and exploring the experiences of patients’, carers’ and professionals’ experience of cancer of unknown primary site (funded by Dimbleby Cancer Care, University of Southampton). Cindy’s work involves supporting various AHSN quality improvement programmes.

Current projects

Leading studies relating to polypharmacy, digital health and  stroke care.

Other recent projects

Independent evaluations of Wessex Vanguard New Care Models [Dorset, Isle of Wight and North East Hampshire and Farnham].

Research interests

  • Qualitative research
  • Mixed methods research
  • Ethnography
  • Participatory Research
  • Public and Patient Involvement
  • Sociological theory
  • Equality and intersectionality theory
  • Experiential knowledge
  • Polypharmacy
  • Mental health
  • Dementia
  • Medical Sociology
  • Digital Sociology
  • Arts and health research
  • Sociology of risk
  • Production of knowledge/power

Affiliate research groups

Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) , Centre for Implementation Science (CIS)

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Ms Cindy Brooks
Centre for Implementation Science (CIS)
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ
Room Number: 67/3019

Room Number: 67/3019

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