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Dr Christie Cabral

Dr Christie Cabral

Dr Christie Cabral
B.Sc.(Bristol), M.Res.(UCL), Ph.D.(Sur.)

Senior Research Fellow

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Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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Christie is a social anthropologist with research interests in child and family health, illness beliefs, health behaviours, health inequalities, global health social policy and international development.  She has has particular expertise in qualitative approaches, experience of both qualitative and quantitative methods and an interest in mixed methods approaches to primary and secondary data analysis, including systematic review methods.


Christie is currently working on a number of related projects around the theme of understanding parent and clinician beliefs and practices in relation to managing acute childhood infections and in particular consulting and antibiotic prescribing behaviour.  Research around respiratory infections include: the TARGET programme, the Conker study, which involved videoing primary care consultations and interviewing parents and clinicians, and the Unpac study, which used conversation analysis to look at within consultation communication.  Research focussed on urinary tract infections includes an interview study with clinicians to explore their diagnostic processes wtih a view to informing a future trial.  Research in relation to ear infections includes the CEDAR and PREAR trials which will explore parent, child and clinician views of treatment options. 



Christie Cabral joined the Centre for Academic Primary Care in 2010.  

Christie joined the University of Bristol in 2007, working briefly as social science link at ALSPAC and then moving to the School of Policy Studies, where she conducted research into the impacts of water borne disease and the potential for improved water management in developing country contexts. 

Previously Christie worked at the University of York on research into parenting in low income families and links to child maltreatment in the UK.  

Christie has a background in social anthropology.  Her doctoral work was on indigenous forest management in a developing socio-economic context in Guyana.  She worked in international development for many years leading a range of research projects including: a mixed methods survey of the incidence and impacts of violence affecting children in Guyana; evaluations of HIV and water borne disease interventions; and investigations of sustainable natural resource use practices.  


Activities / Findings

Christie Cabral is a social anthropologist working in primary care and global health. She conducts research with the Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPCand the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Behavioural Science and Evaluation. She is co-leadof the Bristol hub for the NIHR South West Research Design Service (SW-RDS)  

Christie hasworked on health and international development research for over 20 years.  Her current research interests include illness beliefs, health behaviours and health inequalities in primary care and global health contexts.Her most recent work in the field of overuse of antibiotics in primary care has been highly cited internationally and informed the development of antibiotic stewardship interventions nationally and internationally. 


Christie has methodologicalexpertise conducting primary qualitative studies, using qualitative methods to designinterventions,conducting evaluations within trials and synthesising qualitative evidence.  She has been PI or Co-I (leading workstreams) on external research grants totalling £6.9M.  Most recent research has focussed on the management of infectious disease and antimicrobial stewardship(in UK and China), with additional projects on digital health, health inequalities and social care. She teaches qualitative methods and leads units/short courses on qualitative evidence synthesis and meta-ethnography. 

Christie currently has one interdisciplinary PhD student working on the use of CAM in management of dairy herds and its role in antibiotic sparing.  She has supervised two PhD students to completion and taken on the role of internal examiner for others. 


Christie is Associate Editor for Research Synthesis Methods. 


  • primary care antimicrobial resistance global health


  • Infections

Processes and functions

  • Information seeking consultation diagnosis


  • qualitative mixed methods systematic reviews intervention design


I am a social anthropologist conducting qualitative and mixed methods research and systematic reviews of qualitative and quantitative evidence. I have worked in the fields of primary health care, social care and international development. I have particular experience of research into primary care utilisation for minor childhood illness, antibiotic prescribing, service support for families and child maltreatment.

  • primary care
  • antibiotics
  • evidence based approach
  • poverty and social exclusion
  • international development
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