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Miss Clare McDermott MSc

Postgraduate research student

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Miss Clare McDermott is Postgraduate research student within Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Clare has worked in medical research for the past 14 years. She began her research career in 2000 at the Dorset CFS/ME Service. She subsequently moved to the University of Southampton where she completed an MSc (Research Methods in Health) which she passed, with distinction, in 2008. Clare initially worked for the University of Southampton as a research assistant in cancer research, moving in 2005 to the Department of Primary Medical Care within the Faculty of Medicine. Her research interests include CFS/ME and fibromyalgia, GP decision making, end of life care and complementary medicine

Research skills

Clare has worked on and published studies using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Her key skills in quantitative research include conducting Randomised Controlled Trials, including protocol development, research governance, management of research sites, database design and data analysis using SPSS. Her experience in qualitative research has included designing, conducting and analysing telephone and face-to-face interviews with patients, GPs and other health professionals. She also has experience in questionnaire validation, surveys and service evaluation.






Research interests

Clare McDermott is a final year PhD student. Her PhD, funded by the National Institute of Health Research, focuses on patients who are severely affected (housebound or bedridden) by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME. Clare has a particular interest in patient and public involvement in research and her PhD involves using insights from individuals with current CFS/ME and those with experiences of getting better, as well as carers and patient support groups and specialist health professionals to develop new ways of helping those severely affected by CFS/ME.

Research group

Primary Care & Population Sciences

Affiliate research group

Primary care Research group

Clare is a member of the British Association of CFS/ME (BACME) national working party on severe CFS/ME and has the role of Patient and Public Liaison representative on the BACME executive.

Clare is the Patient and Public Involvement representative for the University of Southampton Department of Primary Care and Population Science, and is part of the School for Primary Care Research working group on PPI.

Undergraduate student supervision; Clare has successfully supervised 4th year medical students for their ‘project in depth’ on two previous occasions, and is currently supervising a 4th year student.

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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.

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