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Dr Eileen Sutton

Dr Eileen Sutton

Dr Eileen Sutton
PhD, MSc, BA (Hons)


Office 1.10
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 331 3922


Qualitative research methodology, qualitative research in trials, prostate cancer, treatment experiences, patient and public involvement in research, health inequalities, poverty and social exclusion, health services evaluation, implementation science


I am currently employed as a senior research associate and trial coordinator working on the HTA supported Best Emollient for Eczema (BEE) study. 

I have extensive experience in, and knowledge of, the application of a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies in health research gained working as a member of multi-disciplinary teams in primary care, secondary care and community settings. In particular my research has focused on four main areas:

  • Health services research and evaluation
  • Experiences of chronic illness and health services/treatment
  • Social policy, inequalities and public health
  • Patient and public involvement in research

Having successfully applied for research funding from a range of major bodies my completed work as qualitative lead includes a study exploring the feasibility and acceptability of supported exercise training for men with prostate cancer on androgen deprivation therapy (NIHR STAMINA Programme Development Grant with University of Sheffield). I have subsequently collaborated with the STAMINA research team on the development and the team is now coninuting this work in a 5 year NIHR Programme Grant developing a complex behavioural intervention to be evaluated in a RCT. My role is  lead qualitative research across the study work packages (commenced September 2018).I am also qualitative lead on a trial of pulsed therapy for Addison’s disease and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, (PULSES) where I have been exploring participants’ experiences of the different treatment arms and the acceptability of long term pump treatment.

I am a co-convener of the Excellence in QUAlitative research in Trials (EQUATegroup - which is an informal forum for health researchers who are using qualitative methodology in relation to randomised controlled trials in applied health contexts:



Qualitative research methods, appraisal of qualitative research, medical sociology, health inequalities, poverty and social exclusion


  • Qualitative research methods
  • prostate cancer
  • treatment experiences
  • health inequalities
  • poverty and social exclusion
  • health services research and evaluation
  • implementation science



Bristol Medical School (PHS)

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