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Dr Alison Rowsell (nee O’Callaghan) PhD, MPhil, BSc (Hons), BA (Hons), Cert coun.

Qualitative Research Fellow-CATRIC Study (Communication about tests and referral to investigate causes of ill health) and True Nth UK Decision Support: Understanding Consequences

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Ali Rowsell is a Research Fellow within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton and has a background in Health Sciences and Psychology.  Her research interests include health literacy and supporting under-served groups, cancer and decision-support, communication and web-based interventions. Her main methodological focus is qualitative research; although she has experience of mixed methods research and evidence synthesis too.

 

“I like to work at the forefront of person centred research”

Research interests

Alison’s research interests include health literacy and supporting under-served groups, cancer and decision-support, communication and web-based interventions, qualitative research methods.

She has also researched and maintains an active research interest in learning disability, capacity and abuse research.

Research projects

Current: 
True Nth UK Decision Support: Understanding consequences of prostate cancer treatments 
The Understanding Consequences Programme will develop and evaluate a complex intervention to support men and their families to better understand the consequences of low-intermediate risk localised prostate cancer and its treatments, and reduce post-treatment decision regret. (CI: Dr Lucy Brindle)

Catric Study (Communication about tests and referral to investigate causes of ill-health) (CI: Dr Lucy Brindle and Professor Geraldine Leydon)

The Health Literacy Divide: User experiences of web-based tools for delivering health information (PhD)

 

Previous: Expanding the role of the NHS direct in the management of Long-Term Conditions: An Evidence Synthesis (with Professor Cathy Pope (University of Southampton, School of Health Sciences) and Professor Alicia O’Cathain & Dr Simon Brownsell (University of Sheffield).

Part of the Healthlines study: Funded by: NIHR Applied Programme 2009-14 (Chief Investigator: Professor Chris Salisbury, University of Bristol) Previous: Cancer & Palliative Care (hospice care, patient outcomes, quality of life) (with Professor Julia Addington-Hall); Intellectual Disability (Capacity to Consent to Sexual Relationships (with Professor Glynis Murphy- University of Kent); Symptoms of Abuse in Adults with Severe Learning Disabilities (with Professor Glynis Murphy (University of Kent) and Dr Isabel Clare (University of Cambridge).

Research group

Complex Healthcare Processes

Research project(s)

The HealthLines Study: expanding the role of NHS Direct in the management of long-term conditions

Exploring the potential of ‘telehealth’ (internet and the telephone) to improve care for people with long term conditions.

Diabetes Literacy

True Nth UK Decision Support: Understanding consequences of prostate cancer treatments

The Understanding Consequences Programme will develop and evaluate a complex intervention to support men and their families to better understand the consequences of low-intermediate risk localised prostate cancer and its treatments, and reduce post-treatment decision regret.

Alison is a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities and the British Journal of Learning Disabilities
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Alison’s teaching includes postgraduate tutoring, supervision and contribution to the MRES in Clinical and Health Research.
Dr Alison Rowsell (nee O’Callaghan)
University of Southampton Health Sciences Building 67 Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/4005/M54

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