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Dr Michelle Myall PhD; MA, BSc (Hons)

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Michelle Myall is a social scientist with a background in sociology and women’s studies. She has worked in research for over twenty years, across a range of academic disciplines including social sciences and history, and in the voluntary sector, and has wide experience of investigating issues relating to health services research and medical sociology.

I am committed to research that is relevant and responds to the needs of the NHS and patients and can lead to improved outcomes for patients

Her main research interests are in the patient experience and the notion of patient-hood. She is also interested in the concept of ‘work' within health care at both the individual and organisational level. Michelle also has a particular interest in gender and women’s health.

Currently Michelle is the Senior Research and Implementation Fellow for the Complexity, Patient Experience and Organisational Behaviour theme of the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC Wessex). The Complexity theme focuses on people with complex life-limiting conditions, and their families, who are at risk of deteriorating health, face clinical uncertainty and may be approaching end of life. Our work programme is committed to improving patient and carers’ experience by understanding and explaining this complexity, and developing interventions that minimise the workload of managing their condition, and ensure more effective navigation and utilisation of healthcare services.

Research interests

Specific research interests include:

  • The notion of the patient experience and patient-hood, what it means to be a patient, and how this is shaped by the changing nature of health and illness.
  • The concept of work within the health care system at both an individual and organisational level.
  • Use of technologies in health care and how they shape and organise collaborative work routines.
  • Bridging the gap between research and research users through knowledge transfer and knowledge exchange and the implementation of knowledge into professional practice across the health community.
  • New ways of organising and delivering health care, including new roles.

Methodological expertise:

  • Qualitative methods
  • Ethnography
  • Process evaluations
  • Service user involvement in research

Research Project

RESTORE: Development and testing of an online intervention to enhance self-efficacy to live with cancer related fatigue in the year following primary cancer treatment.

Research group

Complex Healthcare Processes

Research project(s)

Feasibility of establishing a cohort of lung cancer patients treated with curative intent to gather patient reported outcomes

NIHR Wessex Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (Wessex CLAHRC) - Theme 6: Complexity, Patient Experience, Organizational Behaviour

Wessex CLAHRC is partnership of providers, commissioners, patients, public, clinicians and researchers. It aims to put into practice what we learn from undertaking research. The focus is on improving the health of the people of Wessex and the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care. Through increasing engagement of stakeholders, Wessex CLAHRC aims to bring about a stepped change in integration of pathways of care for people with long-term conditions and reducing hospital admissions through more appropriate use of health care. The complexity theme focuses on improving the experience of patients, families and professionals by looking at ways of minimising complexity and maximising improvement in experience of for those affected by long term, life-limiting conditions.

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