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Helen Atherton



Associate Professor


WMS - Social Science and Systems in Health
University of Warwick
Tel: 02476151405

Research Interests

I am an Associate Professor in primary care research. As a health services researcher I specialise in applying research methodology to address the key issues facing primary care and general practice settings. My research interests are in digital health care and my particular expertise is in use of alternatives to the face to face consultation, such as email and video. I lead and/or collaborate across several studies, each with a focus on how communications technologies and the internet impacts on patients and healthcare professionals. I am a mixed-methods researcher with experience in systematic review, realist review, survey methodology, qualitative methodology including ethnography and evaluation of complex interventions. You can read more about my completed and ongoing projects here:


Before joining the Unit of Academic Primary Care at Warwick in Nov 2015 I was a NIHR School for Primary Care Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, where I established my post-doctoral research programme. Prior to that I completed a PhD at Imperial College London. My first research post in 2005 was as a research assistant on a large community based randomised controlled trial at St George's, University of London. I have a Master of Public Health (Imperial College), and MSc in Biological Anthropology and a BSc in Ecology (University of Durham).

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