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Miss Bethan Treadgold BSc, MSc, MBPsS

Postgraduate research student

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Bethan Treadgold is a postgraduate research student within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Bethan graduated with a BSc in Psychology at the University of Southampton in 2016. She then completed an MSc in Health Psychology in 2017. Bethan is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.

Bethan’s research interests are interdisciplinary, with a focus on families’ experiences of managing children’s long-term health conditions.

For her MSc thesis, Bethan conducted a mixed-methods study exploring paediatric neuro-oncology rehabilitation services across the UK. Bethan led a service evaluation to determine what services are currently available for children and their families following treatment for a brain tumour. She also explored the experiences of children and their families with such services, to assess whether their needs are being met. Whilst completing her master’s degree, Bethan also worked as a research assistant the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit.

Bethan is now undertaking a PhD within the School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) at the University of Southampton. Along with her supervisors Dr. Ingrid Muller, Dr. Miriam Santer, Dr. Emma Teasdale and Professor. Neil Coulson, Bethan is conducting a mixed-methods project to explore families’ views of and experiences with information and support about eczema treatments in the online world. Bethan’s PhD is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) SPCR.

BSc, Psychology, University of Southampton (2016)

MSc, Health Psychology, University of Southampton (2018)


Research interests

Exploring Families’ Views of and Experiences with information and support about Eczema Treatments in the Online World

Childhood eczema is a very common condition with significant impact on quality of life, particularly through sleep disturbance and itch. The main cause of ‘treatment failure’ is thought to be non-adherence to prescribed treatments. The main treatments are emollient moisturisers used regularly for maintenance, and topical corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors used when required to manage flare-ups. Dermatologists and Patient Groups have, anecdotally, noticed a rise in parent and carer concerns about topical corticosteroid use. This is possibly fuelled by increased use of social media, although there is also evidence that concerns and confusion arise due to lack of information and conflicting advice from health professionals about topical corticosteroids.

Parents and carers of children with eczema increasingly obtain much of their information and advice about treatments through the internet. This PhD aims to explore parents’ and carers’ experiences of seeking online information and support in order to better understand the perspectives that they bring to their consultations about eczema treatments.

Research group

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Affiliate research group

Miss Bethan Treadgold
Primary Care and Population Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
Aldermoor Health Centre
Aldermoor Close
SO16 5ST

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