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Dr Carole Fogg BA (Hons), PGCE, MSc, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

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Carole joined Health Sciences in 2019, and is a Senior Research Fellow working on an NIHR funded Frailty Dynamics project. She is interested in the health and social care pathways and outcomes for older adults, especially for people living with frailty or dementia. Carole is passionate about the use of ‘big data’ to answer questions in this area, with the purpose of directly informing changes in services to benefit patients.

Things get done only if the data we gather can inform and inspire those in a position to make a difference – Mike Schmoker

Carole studied Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford, and Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She completed her PhD at the University of Southampton, which examined the hospital outcomes of older people with cognitive impairment using a large secondary care dataset.

Carole has extensive experience in the design, conduct and analysis of quantitative and mixed-methods clinical research studies, including epidemiological studies and clinical trials. She has worked as an epidemiologist/clinical trialist for Epicentre/Médècins sans Frontières in Africa, running disease surveillance programmes and clinical trials for new treatments for infectious diseases. She has expertise in pharmacovigilance, including analysing large international and UK-based datasets of safety data for medicines prescribed in primary care.

Carole has also spent 10 years working with clinicians in the NHS to develop, obtain funding for, and deliver clinical research studies. These have encompassed many clinical disciplines, including older people’s medicine, emergency care, respiratory conditions, gastroenterology and surgery, and involved working closely with commercial partners to develop and test new products intended for use in the NHS. All studies have involved patients and the public to inform the study design, particularly those aspects relating to participant involvement, and plans for dissemination.

Research interests

  • Use of health and social care ‘big data’ to characterise older people’s service use and outcomes, especially for people living with frailty or dementia.
  • Development and assessment of interventions to improve care and quality of life for older adults.
  • Methodological expertise: epidemiology, clinical trials of medicines and devices, feasibility studies, patient and public involvement and engagement with health services research.

Funded research projects

The dynamics of frailty in older people: modelling impact on health care demand and outcomes to inform service planning and commissioning. Funded by NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research, 2019. Funded researcher.

A study of the N-Tidal B devIce in Asthma diagnosis in routine clinical care (DIAGNOSE) Funded by Asthma UK, 2019. Co-applicant.

N-Tidal B personal respiratory monitor: an MHRA-notified non-interventional clinical and health economic study with asthma patients to generate the evidence for award of a Class IIB license. Funded by NIHR I4i 2018. Co-applicant.

Identification and recording of Dementia and frailty on the Electronic patient record by Ambulance Staff (the IDEAS study). Funded by the College of Paramedics, 2018 Co-applicant.

The EXHALE Pilot Study: A cross-sectional, feasibility study to explore the use of a new device (Inflammacheck™) in measuring the level of Exhaled Breath Condensate Hydrogen Peroxide (EBC H2O2) in patients with Asthma, COPD, and healthy volunteers. Funded by Asthma UK, 2016. Co-applicant.

Hospital outcomes for older people with cognitive impairment and dementia: exploring potentially modifiable risk factors using routinely collected data. Funded by NIHR CLAHRC Wessex and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, 2015. Co-applicant.

A feasibility study with a crossover design to assess the diagnostic accuracy of acetic acid guided biopsies versus non-targeted biopsies (current practice) for detection of dysplasia during Barrett’s surveillance: The ABBA study. Funded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme, 2015. Co-applicant.

The Wessex Faecal Microbiota Bank: an innovative pilot service to provide frozen faecal microbiota for transplantation to treat recurrent Clostridium difficile infection. Funded by the Wessex Academic Health Science Network, 2014. Co-applicant.

A multicentre, randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group trial of the effectiveness of the nocturnal use of a Temperature Controlled Laminar Airflow (TLA) device (Protexo®) in adults with poorly-controlled, severe allergic asthma: the LASER trial. Funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme, 2013. Co-applicant.

A multicentre non-blinded randomised controlled trial to assess the impact of regular early specialist palliative care treatment on quality of life in malignant mesothelioma – ‘RESPECT-MESO’. Funded by the British Lung Foundation, 2012. Co-applicant.

Research group

Ageing and Dementia

Research theme

Health Needs 

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