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Dr David Ellard

 

Title   

Principal Research Fellow
 

Contact   

WMS - Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
University of Warwick
Coventry
CV4 7AL
Tel: 02476 574650
Email: D.R.Ellard@warwick.ac.uk

Research Interests

I am a researcher working in Clinical trials. My particular interests are in research methodology and I am often labelled a qualitative researcher but I have a background in wet sciences so understand both perspectives and class myself as a mixed methods researcher. I therefore have expertise in both qualitative (interviews, focus groups and/or ethnographic observations) and quantitative methodologies and analysis. I provide expertise in the design and evaluation of clinical trials in particular process evaluation. Areas of interest in terms of health research include the health and well-being of elderly residents in nursing/care homes (particularly those with cognitive impairment), low back pain, self-management of long-term conditions and working in collaboration with others aiming to reduce neonatal and maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa (Malawi and Tanzania). In late 2016 I joined the Trauma and Orthopaedic team as a Principal Research Fellow to help the team develop and grow its research portfolio.

Biography

My research career began in 2003 as a Senior Research Assistant working for Prof. Julie Barlow's team in the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Health, at Coventry University. Prof. Barlow and her team were at the forefront of the development and evaluation of the 'Lorig' Chronic disease self-management programme which evolved into the 'Expert Patients Programme'. In 2004 I was promoted to Research Fellow and I was funded on research grants including several small charity grants in my own right including a PhD studentship who successfully completed and published. In early 2008 I moved to Warwick CTU taking the opportunity to work as part of a team doing more substantial projects. I made a major contribution to the OPERA trial which took five years to complete with the main papers coming out in 2013/4. Alongside this I have established myself as leader in process evaluations alongside trials of complex interventions. Since arriving at Warwick I have been a co-applicant on multiple successful grant applications. I am now developing a steady stream of high quality research outputs as projects complete. In late 2016 I joined the Trauma and Orthopaedic team as a Principal Research Fellow to help the team develop and grow its research portfolio.

Research Projects

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Publications

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • The Bowen Technique & Low Back Pain Date of Completion:2012
  • Barriers to recovery after Coronary artery bypass grafting surgery Date of Completion:2007

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