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Dr Clare McDermott MSc (Research Methods in Health), PhD

Research Fellow

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Dr Clare McDermott is a Research Fellow within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Clare is a post-doctoral researcher based at the Department of Primary Medical Care, University of Southampton. She completed her PhD, funded by the National Institute of Health Research, in 2016 at the University of Southampton. Clare’s PhD included a mixed-methods feasibility study of a community based intervention for severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME (CFS/ME) and a national scoping exercise on service provision for severe CFS/ME in England.


Clare began her research career in 2000 at Poole and Wareham in Dorset as a research co-ordinator, subsequently moving to the University of Southampton where she completed her MSc (Research Methods in Health). Her first research post with the University of Southampton was working with the FACS Trial, a multi-centre Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) for colorectal cancer. She subsequently moved to the Department of Primary Medical Care, University of Southampton as a qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods researcher.

Research skills

Clare’s qualitative research has included work on GP decision making, end of life care and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME), using methodologies including thematic analysis, grounded theory and interpretative phenomenological analysis.

In quantitative research, Clare’s work has included protocol development and trial co-ordination for several RCTs, as well as questionnaire validation, surveys and service evaluations.







Research interests

Clare has published studies on chronic fatigue syndrome, GP decision making, and end of life care. She has a particular interest in how qualitative research can be used to strengthen and enhance quantitative research, especially clinical trials. She has a keen interest in Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), and during her PhD, was the departmental representative for PPI for Primary Care and Population Sciences, as well as staff PPI representative for the Public Health and Primary Care research theme in the CLAHRC Wessex.  

Research group

Primary Care & Population Sciences

Affiliate research group

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May 2015
Clare McDermott, Sue Luscombe and Dr Charles Shepherd spoke at the ReMEmber ME research afternoon in Sussex 30th May. BBC Radio Sussex Drive at Five with Sarah Gorrell has covered news of the talk- and those speaking have been interviewed – the piece can be listened to again here at 35:29mins. Clare spoke about the scoping exercise and how it highlights the need for more specialist care for severely affected patients.

January 2015
PCPS PhD day, our yearly event where students present and receive feedback. Some of those students are funded by the SPCR, story here.

July 2014
Patients with severe ME have little or no access to specialist treatment services, ITV Meridian interview with Clare McDermott and news story from the SPCR.

Dr Clare McDermott
Primary Care and Population Sciences Faculty of Medicine University of Southampton Aldermoor Health Centre Aldermoor Close Southampton SO16 5ST

Room Number: 9590 AHC/122

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