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Dr Caroline Eyles PhD, MA

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Caroline Eyles is Senior Research Fellow within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Caroline has been involved in research at Primary Care and Population Sciences since 2004. Her research interests focus mainly on the use of delayed antibiotic prescriptions in Primary Care, consultation styles, patient/practitioner relationships and the self-management of symptoms in long term chronic conditions.

Caroline has considerable experience in qualitative research methodology. As a methodologist she is involved in a wide range of studies within many health care settings, and is also involved in the running of the PCPS qualitative methodology group.

Caroline is also a Senior Qualitative Research Adviser for the Research Design Service South Central (RDS SC) and is also the Public Involvement Lead.

She completed her Master’s degree (MA) in Health Education and Health Promotion (Nottingham Trent University) in 2001, and completed her PhD in 2009. The PhD was a grounded theory of homeopathic practitioners’ experiences of the consultation (UoS, Examined by Dr Charlotte Paterson & Dr Judith Lathlean).

Research interests

Dr Eyles’ current research interest is the development and application of self-management techniques in chronic long term conditions. Within this broad area her specific focus has been centred on the application of interventions such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) both as a group based course but also adapted, utilising digital and online technologies. Investigating interventions for the self-management of symptoms in chronic long term disease is an important departmental strategy with national and international implications. She has recently completed a study investigating the feasibility and acceptability of MBSR in women with Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC). It was found that it was both feasible and acceptable to deliver MBSR to women with MBC and this has lead her to develop this program of research further, and explore other conditions for which MBSR may be an appropriate psychological self-management intervention.

Her personal research plan was sustained by a recent successful bid to Breast Cancer Campaign (BCC), to fund explorative work with breast cancer (BC) patients that will lead to the development of an innovative MBSR intervention designed specifically for this population. The BCC bid forms part of a broader program of research and is the initial stage in a phased approach leading to a definitive trial investigating MBSR in BC.

Research group

Primary Care & Population Sciences

Affiliate research group

Primary Care Research group

Research project(s)

ANCAP - Antibiotic Negotiations Conversation Analytic Project

Many patients in primary care are being prescribed antibiotics to treat mild infections such as colds, earaches and sore throats. Many of these are viral rather than bacterial infections that get better on their own and which can be treated with self-care (such as rest, fluids and mild pain killers).

MABcan Understanding and perceptions of mindfulness-based interventions and development of an adapted mindfulness intervention for breast cancer patients


Our aim is to provide mindfulness training to patents attending the ‘difficult asthma’ clinic in Southampton, who also have scores on a screening questionnaire indicating significant anxiety levels. We want to see if the course can be delivered (and is acceptable) to these people and to provide information to support a subsequent larger, randomised controlled study.

Currently supervising five doctoral students.

Has supervised one PhD student to completion and has externally examined one PhD.

Supervision of Medical BMedSci projects

Running of the PCPS qualitative group which delivers qualitative teaching modules within FoM.

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Offers BMedSci projects in Primary Care

Teaching of qualitative research methods for medical and masters students.

October 2014 - Dr Caroline Eyles paper 'Mindfulness for the self-management of fatigue, anxiety and depression in women with metastatic breast cancer' has been cited in Mindfulness Research Monthly.

Dr Caroline Eyles
Primary Care and Population Sciences
Aldermoor Health Centre
Aldermoor Close
SO16 5ST

T: 023 8059 1763

Room Number: 9590 AHC/113/S2

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