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Dr Fran Carroll

Dr Fran Carroll

Dr Fran Carroll
PhD(Bristol), MSc(Derby), BSc(Dunelm.)

Research Fellow

Musculoskeletal Research Unit,
University of Bristol, Level 1 Learning and Research Building BS10 5NB
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My research interests include maternity care, decision making (including patient preferences) and health economics.

My PhD was titled "Decision making associated with antenatal screening for Down's syndrome" and was completed in 2011.  This was a mixed-methods PhD, incorporating a quantitative survey, qualitative interviews and a discrete choice experiment (DCE).

I have been involved in several health care related projects, covering topics including childhood illness, depression and vaccinations.

I am currently working at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in London, but continue to hold an honorary post at the University of Bristol where my involvement in the INFORM programme is ongoing.




I graduated from the University of Durham in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology.  Following this I studied for an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Derby (2007).  I came to Bristol following my MSc to pursue my 4-year MRC funded PhD in the Academic Unit of Primary Health Care.

In 2010 I was awarded a Postgraduate Travel Grant from the Alumni Foundation and travelled to Sydney, Australia to work with colleagues at the Centre for the Study of Choice, University of Technology, Sydney.  This allowed me to gain valuable experience of choice modelling and the appropriate data analysis techniques to complete my PhD.

I am currently working within the School of Social and Community Medicine on a range of topics, predominantly in the area of health services research, decision making and economic evaluation.  I am principal investigator on the NIHR, National School for Primary Care Research grant  "PiCArD"  (Parents' Choices About Daycare). This study uses qualitative methods and choice modeling to investigate parents' decisions regarding sending marginally unwell children to nursery, with a view to using the resulting data to inform an intervention to reduce the burden of infectious illness in primary care and the community. (Funded from: September 2012-February 2014).


I contribute to the School's short course programme by teaching on the "Introduction to Economic Evaluation" course ( and have also taught a session on "Critical Appraisal of Economic Evaluations" on the MRC Psych Part II course.


  • Decision making Choice modeling


  • Discrete choice experiment
  • Choice modeling
  • Economic evaluation



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