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Dr Kerry Avery

Dr Kerry Avery

Dr Kerry Avery
BSc, Ph.D.(Bristol)

Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research

Area of research

Randomised controlled trials of surgical interventions

Office 3.10
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 928 7233


Kerry Avery, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research at Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, with expertise in outcome selection, development and measurement, particularly in surgical trials. Kerry has >60 publications, Scopus h-index 22, approximately £300k research awards as principal investigator (including an NIHR post-doctoral fellowship award) and £9.5m as co-investigator. She is based at the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre and Royal College of Surgeons Bristol Surgical Trials Centre (, where she is a co-applicant on and co-leads the ‘benefit and harm outcomes of early phase studies’ workstream in the Surgical Innovation theme of the NIHR BRC. Kerry is a co-applicant on several NIHR-funded grants, including the Sunflower RCT to establish the effectiveness of pre-operative imaging for bile duct stones in patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy and the ROMIO (Randomised Oesophagectomy: Minimally Invasive or Open) trial. She also co-leads the Bristol centre of the NIHR-funded eRAPID multicentre feasibility study to develop an electronic system integrated within patient records for the routine monitoring of patient-reported outcomes following surgery. Kerry's work also links to the MRC Hubs for Trials Methodology Research ConDuCT-II (COllaboration and iNnovation in DifficUlt or Complex randomised controlled trials In Invasive procedures) Hub ( at the University of Bristol.


Kerry’s research career has focused on exploring patients’ experiences and perceptions of illness and disease, with the intention for these to inform clinical research and patient care. The primary theme of her research involves drawing on elements of medical sociology, health psychology and epidemiology and combining qualitative and quantitative research methods to address important research questions relating to health and illness. Her portfolio of research spans the fields of lower urinary tract symptoms, prostate cancer and upper gastrointestinal cancer, with particular focus on patient-reported outcomes, questionnaire design, health behaviour and decision-making. Kerry has undertaken novel research to explore men’s experiences and decision processes during prostate cancer testing. Kerry is currently undertaking a National Institute of Health Research (Department of Health) Post-Doctoral Fellowship. This research employs a mixed-methods approach synthesising quantitative and qualitative data to develop a dietary intervention for prostate cancer.


Departmental short course programme:

Questionnaire Design, Application and Data Interpretation (School short course): co-director and tutor.

Undergraduate teaching (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry):

MBChB - Society, Health and Medicine: tutor

Postgraduate advising:

Co-supervisor for a number of PhD and MD students


  • complex interventions
  • outcome assessment
  • pilot work
  • quality of life
  • randomised controlled trials
  • surgery


  • cancer
  • gastrointestinal cancer
  • lower urinary tract symptoms
  • prostate cancer


  • mixed methods
  • qualitative
  • quantitative
  • questionnaires

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

Networks & contacts

  • MRC ConDuCT-II (Collaboration and innovation in Difficult and Complex randomised controlled Trials In Invasive procedures) Hub for Trials Methodology Research: http:
  • social-community-medicine
  • centres
  • conduct2
  • Bristol Centre for Surgical Research: http:
  • social-community-medicine
  • centres
  • surgical-research

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