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Rachel Potter



Senior Research Fellow


WMS - Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
University of Warwick
Tel: 02476 528204

Research Interests

Primary care research, including: health and well-being of older people living in care homes, self-management of chronic pain disorders, challenges of recruitment in primary care research, research methodology.


I joined Warwick Medical School in 2004 and have gained extensive experience in primary care research from the recruitment of study sites and participants, day-to-day trial management and intervention delivery, through to the evaluation and dissemination of results. I have experience in a range of research methods including: RCTs of complex interventions, observational studies, online surveys, systematic reviews, interviews and focus groups.

I completed my PhD in 2013 in collaboration with the Warwick Manufacturing Group; a mixed methods study exploring the relationship between the built environment and depressive symptoms of older people living in care homes.

I currently work as a Senior Research Fellow on a NIHR programme grant evaluating a self-management intervention for chronic headache and a NIHR HS&DR study evaluating an intervention to reduce antimicrobial prescribing in care homes. I supervise PhD students at WMS, and I am a supervisor for the West Midlands Clinical Academic Internship Programme.

Research Projects

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  • Dale, Jeremy, Potter, Rachel, Owen, Katherine, Leach, Jonathan, 2016. The general practitioner workforce crisis in England : a qualitative study of how appraisal and revalidation are contributing to intentions to leave practice. BMC Family Practice, 17, View

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