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Dr Helen Cramer

Dr Helen Cramer

Dr Helen Cramer
B.A.(Sus.), M.Sc.(Brun.), Ph.D.(Glas.)

Senior Research Fellow

Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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Summary

Helen Cramer is a NIHR post-doctoral research fellow in the Centre for Academic Primary Care, School of Social and Community Medicine. Helen has a background in social and medical anthropology and continues her interest in anthropological methods (e.g. ethnography) and health related qualitative research.  Helen is currently involved in several studies: a feasibility study of a consultant-level intervention for frequent attenders with clinically unexplicable symptoms in primary care; a qualitative study looking at the impact of incontinence on young people; a qualitative longitiudnal study looking at the relationship between depression and anxiety with new onset chest pain patients; a multi-site ethnographic study of NSTEMI heart attack care; and a systematic review of case management in patients with heart failure.  Helen is also a part-time Researcher in Residence at Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group, a role which aims to bring the worlds of commissioning and research closer together.   

 

Previous studies have included: an ethnographic pilot study in chest pain clinics to support an intervention to improve clinical decision-making in the diagnosis of angina; a pilot study for a randomised controlled trial of group cognitive behavioural therapy for women with mild to moderate depression; a project looking at whether depressed men would find group support acceptable; an ethnographic study examining advice giving about complementary and alternative medicines over-the-counter in pharmacies and health shops; a national survey of short breaks (respite care) for disabled children; a qualitative study of appetite loss after oesophageal surgery; and a focus group study on adolescent body image.  Helen’s PhD was an ethnographic study of the gendered nature of homelessness.

Keywords

  • ethnographic
  • qualitative
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • cardiovascular disease
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • group therapy
  • gender
  • complementary and alternative medicines
  • deprivation
  • homelessness.

Expertise

Since joining the Academic Unit of Primary Health Care in 2006, I have completed a research project examining advice giving about complementary and alternative medicines over-the-counter in pharmacies and health shops. I am currently working on a pilot study for a randomised controlled trial looking at a brief group cognitive behavioural therapy based intervention for women with mild to moderate depression from deprived areas (Back on Track: Groups for Women). Previous research projects have included working for a charity, Shared Care Network on a national survey of short breaks (respite care) for disabled children, and qualitative projects on weight and appetite loss after oesophageal surgery (Department of Social Medicine, Bristol University) and adolescent body image (University of Sussex).

  • alternative medicine
  • complementary medicines
  • pharmacies
  • medicines
  • cognitive behavioural therapy
  • depression
  • respite care
  • Memberships

    Organisations

    Bristol Medical School (PHS)

    Centres, collaborations and units

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