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Kirstie Haywood




Associate Professor


WMS - Social Science and Systems in Health
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 761 50616

Research Interests

My research interests embrace the wide array of practical, methodological and theoretical challenges relating to patient reported outcomes, across a range of conditions and settings, including: long-term conditions (for example, rheumatology; chronic fatigue; older people), recovery from episodes of ill-health or injury (for example, traumatic hip fracture, cardiac arrest), and using patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in routine settings (for example, womens' health; quality in healthcare). Patient, or person, reported outcomes encompass an individual's experience or expertise about how they feel or function, with respect to their health or associated healthcare. Well-developed patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) provide valid and reliable assessments of health and treatment outcome, informing the assessment of disease burden, healthcare evaluation, and decision-making for health professionals, managers and patients, and hence contributing significantly to health research and service provision. The appropriate selection (or where appropriate the development), implementation, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of PROMs-related data in research and increasingly in a routine practice setting presents a number of challenges for the healthcare arena. Evaluating and developing understanding around PROMs development, application and interpretation, standards for quality and acceptability, defining the opportunities and limitations of PROMs, are themes central to my research interests. We have developed significant expertise and extensive professional networks in this area over several years and we aim to continue to conduct research which focuses on developing our conceptual, theoretical and methodological understanding of how PROMs are developed, applied and evaluated.

International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) Co-Chair of Quality of Life in Clinical Practice Special Interest Group (2011 - )

(ISOQOL) Founding Member of Patient Engagement Special Interest Group (2013 - )

(ISOQOL) Committee Member (2011 - )

Associate Editor - Quality of Life Research (2012 - )

Editorial Board Member - Musculoskeletal Care (2002 - )


I became a Senior Research Fellow (Patient Reported Outcomes) at the RCNI in November 2004, and lead on the Patient Reported Outcomes theme. Prior to this I was Co-Director of the Patient Reported Outcomes Measures Group (formerly the Patient-assessed Health Instruments Group), National Centre for Health Outcomes Development, University of Oxford, working alongside Professor Ray Fitzpatrick and Dr Andrew Garratt. I qualified as a physiotherapist in 1990 and worked in the health service for several years, specializing in rheumatology and musculoskeletal health. In 2000 I graduated from the University of York with a doctorate in Health Sciences and Clinical Evaluation, focusing on health outcomes in Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). As part of this research I developed an individualized measure for the assessment of health-related quality of life (Patient Generated Index Ankylosing Spondylitis).

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Identifying a core outcome set for cardiac arrest clinical trials Date of Completion:2015
  • Patients experience of traumatic hip fracture Date of Completion:2013
  • Minimal clinically important difference determination for common outcomes in Rhinology. MSc Evidence Based Healthcare Thesis Date of Completion:2006
  • Developing a Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) for Children with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalitis (CFS/ME) Date of Completion:2016

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