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Dr Karen Coulman

Dr Karen Coulman

Dr Karen Coulman
B.Sc.(Saskatchewan), M.Sc.(Toronto), PhD (Bristol)

Research Fellow (NIHR Clinical Lectureship)

Area of research

Investigating barriers to accessing specialist obesity care, including bariatric surgery, for people with severe and complex obesity

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Summary

In 2016 I completed an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship investigating the patient's perspective of obesity (bariatric) surgery, including the development of a core outcome set for bariatric surgery. My PhD research also used qualitative methods to investigate patients' experiences life after bariatric surgery including experiences of NHS follow-up care. I was recently awarded an HEE/NIHR Clinical Lectureship which I began in April 2019, where my research will focus on investigating barriers to accessing specialist care for people with severe and complex obesity. I am also currently collaborating on a study to develop core quality of life measures for bariatric surgery. 

I am also involved in trial methodology projects through the CONDUCT-II Hub including a project on understanding how clinicians engage with trials, and how patient and public involvement (PPI) functions in trial oversight committees. 

My research interests include the psychosocial aspects of living with obesity, bariatric surgery, and other chronic diseases, trials of behavioural interventions, and how health professionals engage with trials and research.

Biography

I completed a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Saskatchewan and a research-based MSc in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. My MSc research investigated the health benefits of flaxseed and sesame seed in post-menopausal women.  I then undertook a dietetic internship at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, and qualified as a Registered Dietitian in 2003.  I moved to the UK in 2004, working as a clinical dietitian in the NHS, and a research dietitian at the University of Bristol, where I was involved in a large RCT investigating an intensive diet and exercise intervention in people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in primary care. My clinical areas of interest include obesity, bariatric surgery, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.  In 2016, I completed an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship investigating the patient's perspective of obesity surgery, including the development of a core outcome set, and ways to improve follow-up care in the NHS. I used both qualitative and quantitative research methods to undertake my PhD research. Following post-doctoral work in the CONDUCT-II Hub, I am now undertaking a HEE/NIHR Clinical Lectureship where my research is focusing on investigating barriers to accessing specialist obesity care for people with severe and complex obesity. I also currently undertake clinical work within the obesity and bariatric surgery team at North Bristol NHS Trust. 

Keywords

  • obesity
  • bariatric surgery
  • quality of life
  • Patient experience of health care
  • Nutrition
  • primary care
  • secondary care

Skills

  • Obesity
  • diabetes

Methodologies

  • Qualitative research methods
  • questionnaire survey
  • quantitative research

Selected publications

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Recent publications

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Networks & contacts

  • Dr Amanda Owen-Smith
  • Dr Fiona MacKichan
  • Prof JM Blazeby

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