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Dr Rachel Dewar-Haggart BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

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I have always been interested in how individuals with both mental health and long-term conditions can manage their illnesses within primary care. My work as a senior research assistant has motivated me to study for a PhD in Primary Care and Population Sciences to explore patient attitudes, behaviours, and intentions towards depression management in primary care.

Empowering one patient to self-manage their depression will not only reduce the burden of the illness on themselves but the burden the illness has on so many primary care resources.

2011: BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Southampton

2012: MSc Health Psychology, University of Southampton

2012 – 2016: Senior Research Assistant/Trial Coordinator, Primary Care and Population Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton

2015 – Present: Postgraduate Student, Primary Care and Population Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton

2022: PhD University of Southampton

2022: Research Fellow - Primary Care and Population Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton

Research interests

Rachel's research interests are in the self-management of long-term conditions, in particular long-term depression; and patient-GP communication in primary care settings. After completing both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with the School of Psychology at the University of Southampton, Rachel has worked as a researcher on various projects within PCRC, before starting her PhD in October 2015.

Rachel’s PhD was funded by NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) and was a mixed-methods study exploring attitudes, behaviours, and intentions towards long-term antidepressant use for people with depression in primary care; under the supervision of Professor Tony Kendrick, Dr Ingrid Muller, Dr Felicity Bishop, and Dr Adam Geraghty.

Rachel has expertise in qualitative methods, particularly in conducting interviews and using reflexive thematic analysis. Much of her research experience has been working on randomised controlled trials in primary care.

Research group

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Research project(s)

Patient-reported outcome measures for monitoring primary care patients with depression: PROMDEP randomised controlled trial.

We want to look at whether giving personal feedback to people being treated for depression might help them get better more quickly.

Talking in Primary Care 2: Testing the effects of communication skills e-learning for practitioners on patients’ musculoskeletal pain and enablement (TIP2)

  • REACH Committee Member
  • Personal Academic Tutor
  • MSc Public Health Dissertation Supervisor
  • MSc Health Psychology Teaching Assistant
  • Qualitative Teaching Support and QualMED contributor
Dr Rachel Dewar-Haggart
Primary Care and Population Sciences Aldermoor Health Centre Aldermoor Close Southampton SO16 5ST

Room Number : 9590 AHC/109/S2

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