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Dr Fiona MacKichan

Dr Fiona MacKichan

Dr Fiona MacKichan
BSc, MSc, PhD


Area of research

Honorary lecturer in Medical Sociology and Qualitative Research

Office Room 2.12
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 928 7228


Research interests:

Applicaiton of qualitative and mixed methods, help seeking and use of health care services, health and wellbeing in older age, chronic pain. 


My expertise and interests broadly lie in applying qualitative and mixed method approaches to questions around health service utilisation, the relationship between primary and secondary care, health in older age, and chronic pain. 

I lead a workstream in an NIHR funded Programme Grant (2015-20) looking at non use of services for chronic post surgical pain, and have recently completed an ethnography of primary care to look at how the organisation and delivery of care influences use of unscheduled secondary care (ED use and emergency admissions). 

I hold a BSc in Psychology (UWE), an MSc in Social Research (Bath) and a PhD in Health Services Research (Bristol). 




Have led undergraduate teaching for the MB ChB and contributed to curriculum development in the new case-based Bristol MB ChB, ensuring that core psychology and sociology content is fully represented. 

Short course and CPD teaching, particularly on research methods. 


  • health service utilisation
  • primary care
  • long term conditions
  • chronic pain
  • illness behaviour
  • ageing
  • surgery
  • qualitative research methods
  • mixed methods


  • qualitative interview
  • focus group
  • ethnography
  • constructivist grounded theory
  • survey
  • scale

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