Posted Thursday 23 May 2013
Dr Annette Boaz has been appointed as a reader in healthcare research at the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, run jointly by Kingston University and St George's, University of London. Dr Boaz is a social scientist who specialises in measuring how research into healthcare issues influences policy and practice and how it ultimately affects patient care.
She has previously held posts at Oxford and Warwick universities, carrying out research for the Cabinet Office and Home Office, and has also worked in the policy research programme at the Department of Health. She has also undertaken studies for the Economic and Social Research Council into improving the impact of research.
Dr Boaz's recent work includes a report for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) into whether research engagement by health service clinicians, managers and teams leads to better outcomes for patients. The report, carried out in conjunction with experts from Brunel University, is due out later in the year. Dr Boaz is also completing another NIHR study into the impact treatments developed by staff and patients or service users based on their own experiences have on the outcomes for lung cancer and intensive care patients in two hospitals in the United Kingdom.
Her other work includes measuring the impact of stroke research and developing an implementation score to assess this and investigating the post-operation experiences of kidney transplant patients.
"One of the reasons I was keen to join the Faculty is that it's an excellent environment to understand how healthcare practice and policy taps into research," Dr Boaz said. "People go into research to bring about change and I'm interested in discovering how effective they can be in doing this and finding ways to improve it."