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Dr Rebecca Barnes

Dr Rebecca Barnes

Dr Rebecca Barnes
BSc, PgDip, PhD

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Office Room 1.05
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 928 7213

Research summary

My main research interest is the study of interaction between patients and health care professionals. I specialise in the application of conversation analytic (CA) methods to address important questions in relation to improving health care. I have studied patient requests and doctor offers for medical services, how treatment recommendations are formulated and responded to, and safety-netting practices in primary care. I am also interested in using CA alongside other methods to examine implementation fidelity in clinical trials of communication-based interventions. I lead the CA Research Group in Bristol and am a Training Lead for the NIHR School for Primary Care ...

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My background is in social psychology and for the last 15 years I have been steadily building my research experience as a qualitative methodologist, specialising in applied conversation analytic (CA) methods with a particular interest in health care communication. CA is the dominant contemporary method for the analysis of social interaction. It has been extensively applied in primary care, particularly in North America where it has been used to successfully identify a wide range of important communication practices and dilemmas that recur in patient-provider consultations and that have substantive effects and outcomes. The field is rapidly evolving and in the ...

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