Professor Alicia O'Cathain


Professor Alicia O'Cathain

Professor of Health Services Research

Department: School of Health and Related Research

Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Research expertise

  • Mixed methods, evaluation of new health services

  • Patient views of health care

  • Urgent care


Telephone: +44 114 222 0770


University profile


I am Director of Health Services Research, an academic unit of 75 staff in ScHARR. I am Deputy Director of the Medical Care Research Unit, a group of 15 researchers. I lead research programmes in emergency and urgent care (eg variation in avoidable emergency admissions, variation in ambulance non-conveyance) and the development and evaluation of complex interventions for long term conditions (telehealth for long-term conditions, adherence to nebuliser treatment for adults with cystic fibrosis).

I have written extensively on how best to undertake mixed methods research, focusing more recently on qualitative methods with randomised controlled trials.