Alicia O'Cathain

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Affiliation: University of Sheffield
Country: UK

Publications

  1. doi request reprint The quality of mixed methods studies in health services research
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    J Health Serv Res Policy 13:92-8. 2008
  2. doi request reprint Hospital characteristics affecting potentially avoidable emergency admissions: National ecological study
    A O'Cathain
    School of Health and Related Research ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    Health Serv Manage Res 26:110-8. 2013
  3. pmc Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a telehealth intervention to support the management of long-term conditions: study protocol for two linked randomized controlled trials
    Clare L Thomas
    Centre for Academic Primary Care, NIHR School for Primary Care Research, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Canynge Hall, 39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS, UK
    Trials 15:36. 2014
  4. pmc Getting added value from using qualitative research with randomized controlled trials: a qualitative interview study
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Health Services Research, Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK
    Trials 15:215. 2014
  5. pmc Why, and how, mixed methods research is undertaken in health services research in England: a mixed methods study
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    BMC Health Serv Res 7:85. 2007
  6. pmc The effect of attitude to risk on decisions made by nurses using computerised decision support software in telephone clinical assessment: an observational study
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, Sheffield, UK
    BMC Med Inform Decis Mak 7:39. 2007
  7. doi request reprint Characteristics of the emergency and urgent care system important to patients: a qualitative study
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, University of Sheffield, Sheffield UK
    J Health Serv Res Policy 13:19-25. 2008
  8. pmc Structural issues affecting mixed methods studies in health research: a qualitative study
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Street, Sheffield, UK
    BMC Med Res Methodol 9:82. 2009
  9. pmc Testing survey methodology to measure patients' experiences and views of the emergency and urgent care system: telephone versus postal survey
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK
    BMC Med Res Methodol 10:52. 2010
  10. pmc Do walk-in centres for commuters work? A mixed methods evaluation
    Alicia O'Cathain
    School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield
    Br J Gen Pract 59:e383-9. 2009

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  1. doi request reprint The quality of mixed methods studies in health services research
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    J Health Serv Res Policy 13:92-8. 2008
    ..To assess the quality of mixed methods studies in health services research (HSR)...
  2. doi request reprint Hospital characteristics affecting potentially avoidable emergency admissions: National ecological study
    A O'Cathain
    School of Health and Related Research ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    Health Serv Manage Res 26:110-8. 2013
    ..Hospital managers may be able to reduce avoidable emergency admissions by reducing supply of acute beds and conversion rates from emergency department attendance. ..
  3. pmc Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a telehealth intervention to support the management of long-term conditions: study protocol for two linked randomized controlled trials
    Clare L Thomas
    Centre for Academic Primary Care, NIHR School for Primary Care Research, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Canynge Hall, 39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS, UK
    Trials 15:36. 2014
    ..Health services around the world are exploring new ways of supporting people with LTCs and there is great interest in the use of telehealth: technologies such as the Internet, telephone and home self-monitoring...
  4. pmc Getting added value from using qualitative research with randomized controlled trials: a qualitative interview study
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Health Services Research, Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK
    Trials 15:215. 2014
    ..Our aim was to explore the perceptions of researchers with experience of this endeavour to understand the added value of qualitative research to the trial in practice...
  5. pmc Why, and how, mixed methods research is undertaken in health services research in England: a mixed methods study
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    BMC Health Serv Res 7:85. 2007
    ..It is timely to consider why and how mixed methods research is used in health services research (HSR)...
  6. pmc The effect of attitude to risk on decisions made by nurses using computerised decision support software in telephone clinical assessment: an observational study
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, Sheffield, UK
    BMC Med Inform Decis Mak 7:39. 2007
    ....
  7. doi request reprint Characteristics of the emergency and urgent care system important to patients: a qualitative study
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, University of Sheffield, Sheffield UK
    J Health Serv Res Policy 13:19-25. 2008
    ..To explore patients' views and experiences of the emergency and urgent care system to inform the development of a questionnaire for routine assessment of the system's performance from the patient perspective...
  8. pmc Structural issues affecting mixed methods studies in health research: a qualitative study
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Street, Sheffield, UK
    BMC Med Res Methodol 9:82. 2009
    ..Little attention has been paid to the structural issues affecting this mixed methods approach. We explored the facilitators and barriers to undertaking mixed methods studies in health research...
  9. pmc Testing survey methodology to measure patients' experiences and views of the emergency and urgent care system: telephone versus postal survey
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK
    BMC Med Res Methodol 10:52. 2010
    ....
  10. pmc Do walk-in centres for commuters work? A mixed methods evaluation
    Alicia O'Cathain
    School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield
    Br J Gen Pract 59:e383-9. 2009
    ..Between 2005 and 2007, six pilot walk-in centres were opened in or near train stations, to provide health care to commuters. They are run by independent providers on behalf of the NHS, providing access to doctors and nurses...
  11. doi request reprint Measuring patients' experiences and views of the emergency and urgent care system: psychometric testing of the urgent care system questionnaire
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK
    BMJ Qual Saf 20:134-40. 2011
    ..The aim was to psychometrically test the Urgent Care System Questionnaire (UCSQ) for the routine measurement of the patient perspective of the emergency and urgent care system...
  12. pmc Exploring the effect of changes to service provision on the use of unscheduled care in England: population surveys
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, Sheffield, UK
    BMC Health Serv Res 7:61. 2007
    ..This study used population surveys to explore the effect of these new services on the use of traditional providers of unscheduled care, and to improve understanding of help seeking behaviour within the system of unscheduled care...
  13. ncbi request reprint Does NHS Direct empower patients?
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent St, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK
    Soc Sci Med 61:1761-71. 2005
    ..Our research suggests that, in addition to its other functions, NHS Direct is also valued as contributing to a sense of being cared for...
  14. pmc The acceptability of an emergency medical dispatch system to people who call 999 to request an ambulance
    A O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, UK
    Emerg Med J 19:160-3. 2002
    ..To determine the acceptability of an emergency medical dispatch (EMD) system to people who call 999 to request an ambulance...
  15. pmc NHS Direct: consistency of triage outcomes
    A O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    Emerg Med J 20:289-92. 2003
    ..To examine the consistency of triage outcomes by nurses using four types of computerised decision support software in NHS Direct...
  16. ncbi request reprint Nurses' views of using computerized decision support software in NHS Direct
    Alicia O'Cathain
    MRC Fellow, Medical Care Research Unit, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    J Adv Nurs 45:280-6. 2004
    ..Nurses working in NHS Direct, the 24-hour telephone advice line in England, use computerized decision support software to recommend to callers the most appropriate service to contact, or to advise on self-care...
  17. ncbi request reprint Women's perceptions of informed choice in maternity care
    Alicia O'Cathain
    School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK
    Midwifery 18:136-44. 2002
    ..to describe the extent to which women using maternity services perceive that they have exercised informed choice...
  18. ncbi request reprint Evaluating decision aids--where next?
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    Health Expect 7:98-103. 2004
    ..These 'packages' can then be submitted to pragmatic evaluation...
  19. pmc "Any other comments?" Open questions on questionnaires - a bane or a bonus to research?
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, Health Services Research, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, Sheffield, UK
    BMC Med Res Methodol 4:25. 2004
    ..However, we believe that many researchers have collected such data and failed to analyse or present it...
  20. pmc Use of evidence based leaflets to promote informed choice in maternity care: randomised controlled trial in everyday practice
    A O'Cathain
    School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, Sheffield S1 4DA
    BMJ 324:643. 2002
    ..To assess the effect of leaflets on promoting informed choice in women using maternity services...
  21. doi request reprint The appropriateness of, and compliance with, telephone triage decisions: a systematic review and narrative synthesis
    Lindsay Blank
    ScHARR, University of Sheffield, UK
    J Adv Nurs 68:2610-21. 2012
    ..This paper is a report of the synthesis of evidence on the appropriateness of, and compliance with, telephone triage decisions...
  22. pmc User satisfaction with commuter walk-in centres
    JOANNE COSTER
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield
    Br J Gen Pract 59:e390-3. 2009
    ..Centres demonstrated high levels of user satisfaction (69% 'very satisfied', 95% confidence interval = 58% to 79%) overall, but satisfaction was lower for some aspects of care such as waiting times...
  23. pmc Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for the treatment of depression in people with multiple sclerosis: external pilot trial
    Cindy L Cooper
    Clinical Trials Research Unit, ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, Sheffield, UK
    Trials 12:259. 2011
    ..We undertook a pilot trial of computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CCBT) for the treatment of depression in people with MS to test the feasibility of undertaking a full trial...
  24. ncbi request reprint Advanced access: more than just GP waiting times?
    Simon Dixon
    School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    Fam Pract 23:233-9. 2006
    ..Advanced access has been forwarded as a strategy for reducing waiting times in primary care; however, previous evaluations have raised important issues regarding its appropriateness...
  25. ncbi request reprint Do different types of nurses give different triage decisions in NHS Direct? A mixed methods study
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, UK
    J Health Serv Res Policy 9:226-33. 2004
    ..To determine whether nurses with different clinical backgrounds make different triage decisions in NHS Direct, the 24-hour telephone helpline staffed by nurses...
  26. ncbi request reprint Equity of access to health care. Evidence from NHS Direct in the UK
    Emma Knowles
    Medical Care Research Unit, University of Sheffield, UK
    J Telemed Telecare 12:262-5. 2006
    ..Overcoming this apparent bias against those likely to have the greatest need is an unsolved problem not confined to telemedicine...
  27. pmc A system-wide approach to explaining variation in potentially avoidable emergency admissions: national ecological study
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, ScHARR, School of Health and Related Research ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    BMJ Qual Saf 23:47-55. 2014
    ..Some emergency admissions can be avoided if acute exacerbations of health problems are managed by the range of health services providing emergency and urgent care...
  28. doi request reprint Patients' experiences and views of an emergency and urgent care system
    Emma Knowles
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    Health Expect 15:78-86. 2012
    ..We developed the Urgent Care System Questionnaire and used it to describe patients' experiences and views of an emergency and urgent care system in England...
  29. pmc Impact of same-day appointments on patient satisfaction with general practice appointment systems
    Fiona Sampson
    School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    Br J Gen Pract 58:641-3. 2008
    ..Practices should be wary of increasing the level of same-day appointments to meet access targets...
  30. doi request reprint Maximising the value of combining qualitative research and randomised controlled trials in health research: the QUAlitative Research in Trials (QUART) study--a mixed methods study
    Alicia O'Cathain
    School of Health and Related Research ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    Health Technol Assess 18:1-197, v-vi. 2014
    ..Researchers sometimes undertake qualitative research with randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of health interventions...
  31. doi request reprint Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, or dysfunctional? Team working in mixed-methods research
    Alicia O'Cathain
    University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Qual Health Res 18:1574-85. 2008
    ..Methodological respect between team members and a principal investigator who valued integration emerged as essential to achieving integrated research outcomes...
  32. doi request reprint 'Homeopathy': untangling the debate
    Clare Relton
    University of Sheffield, Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, Regent Court, Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK
    Homeopathy 97:152-5. 2008
    ..The observational evidence base provides evidence as to the effectiveness of treatment by a homeopath. We make four recommendations to promote clarity in the reporting, design and interpretation of homeopathy research...
  33. doi request reprint The impact of Advanced Access on antibiotic prescribing: a controlled before and after study
    Mark Pickin
    School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    Fam Pract 27:554-5. 2010
    ..We found no significant change in prescribing rates between Advanced Access and control practices. There was no evidence that Advanced Access alters antibiotic prescribing behaviour...
  34. pmc Evaluation of advanced access in the national primary care collaborative
    Mark Pickin
    School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield
    Br J Gen Pract 54:334-40. 2004
    ..An aim of the National Primary Care Collaborative is to improve quality and access for patients in primary care using principles of Advanced Access...
  35. pmc Describing qualitative research undertaken with randomised controlled trials in grant proposals: a documentary analysis
    Sarah J Drabble
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK
    BMC Med Res Methodol 14:24. 2014
    ..As part of a larger study focusing on how to maximise the value of undertaking qualitative research with trials, we undertook a documentary analysis of proposals of funded studies...
  36. doi request reprint Commissioning processes in primary care trusts: a repeated cross-sectional survey of health care commissioners in England
    Fiona Sampson
    ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    J Health Serv Res Policy 17:31-9. 2012
    ..To determine the extent to which primary care trusts (PCTs) in England employed processes associated with quality commissioning and to assess whether changes occurred in these processes during a policy drive to improve commissioning...
  37. ncbi request reprint The continuum of patient satisfaction--from satisfied to very satisfied
    Karen Collins
    School for Health and Related Research ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK
    Soc Sci Med 57:2465-70. 2003
    ....
  38. doi request reprint Is primary angioplasty an acceptable alternative to thrombolysis? Quantitative and qualitative study of patient and carer satisfaction
    Fiona C Sampson
    University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    Health Expect 13:350-8. 2010
    ..We aimed to compare satisfaction at intervention hospitals offering angioplasty-based care and control hospitals offering thrombolysis-based care...
  39. ncbi request reprint A randomised, controlled, triple-blind trial of the efficacy of homeopathic treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome
    Elaine Weatherley-Jones
    Medical Care Research Unit, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK
    J Psychosom Res 56:189-97. 2004
    ..Patients with CFS may use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Our aim was to evaluate homeopathic treatment in reducing subjective symptoms of CFS...
  40. doi request reprint Awareness and use of a new urgent care telephone service, NHS 111: cross-sectional population survey
    Emma Knowles
    Research Fellow, Medical Care Research Unit, ScHARR, University of Sheffield, UK
    J Health Serv Res Policy 19:224-30. 2014
    ..In doing so, the second aim was to identify any inequity in awareness or use of telephone-accessed health care...
  41. doi request reprint Feeling fixed and its contribution to patient satisfaction with primary angioplasty: a qualitative study
    Fiona Sampson
    Health Services Research, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK
    Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs 8:85-90. 2009
    ..Primary angioplasty is being used increasingly as an alternative to intravenous thrombolysis for patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction...
  42. pmc Acceptability of NHS 111 the telephone service for urgent health care: cross sectional postal survey of users' views
    Alicia O'Cathain
    Medical Care Research Unit, The School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield UK
    Fam Pract 31:193-200. 2014
    ..A unique feature is the use of non-clinical call takers who triage calls with computerized decision support and have access to clinical advisors when necessary. Aim. To explore users' acceptability of NHS 111...
  43. doi request reprint A systematic review, psychometric analysis and qualitative assessment of generic preference-based measures of health in mental health populations and the estimation of mapping functions from widely used specific measures
    John Brazier
    Health Economics and Decision Science, School of Health and Related Research ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    Health Technol Assess 18:vii-viii, xiii-xxv, 1-188. 2014
    ..However, there are concerns as to whether or not these generic measures are appropriate for use in people with mental health problems...
  44. doi request reprint Measuring quality of life in mental health: Are we asking the right questions?
    Janice Connell
    Health Services Research, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK Electronic address
    Soc Sci Med 120:12-20. 2014
    ....
  45. doi request reprint Factors perceived to influence risky sexual behaviours among university students in the United Kingdom: a qualitative telephone interview study
    Elton Chanakira
    School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    BMC Public Health 14:1055. 2014
    ..The aim of the study was to explore university students' perspectives of factors and mechanisms that influence risky sexual behaviours among university students in the United Kingdom...
  46. pmc Quality of life of people with mental health problems: a synthesis of qualitative research
    Janice Connell
    Health Services Research, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
    Health Qual Life Outcomes 10:138. 2012
    ..To identify the domains of quality of life important to people with mental health problems...
  47. doi request reprint The acceptability of computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for the treatment of depression in people with chronic physical disease: a qualitative study of people with multiple sclerosis
    Daniel Hind
    Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK
    Psychol Health 25:699-712. 2010
    ..We assessed the applicability of CCBT for the treatment of depression in people with multiple sclerosis (MS)...
  48. ncbi request reprint Complementary and alternative medicine use by patients with cancer in Wales: a cross sectional survey
    Philip Harris
    School of Health and Social Sciences, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales, UK
    Complement Ther Med 11:249-53. 2003
    ..To determine the prevalence and cost of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use, and examine perceived satisfaction and reasons for using CAM...
  49. ncbi request reprint Empathy, enablement, and outcome: an exploratory study on acupuncture patients' perceptions
    Hugh MacPherson
    Foundation for Traditional Chinese Medicine, 296 Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1ET, UK
    J Altern Complement Med 9:869-76. 2003
    ..To conduct an exploratory, retrospective study of acupuncture patients' perceptions of practitioner empathy, patient enablement, and health outcome, and to investigate the associations between them...