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Professor Katrina Turner

Professor Katrina Turner

Professor Katrina Turner
B.Sc.(Aberd.), M.Sc.(Edin.), Ph.D.(Stir.)

Professor of Primary Care Research

Office 1.01a
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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+44 (0) 117 3314559


Katrina is a Reader in Primary Care Research, and Head of Section of Applied Health Research in the Bristol Medical School.  She is also Joint-Head of the Centre for Academic Primary Care and the Bristol NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR). She is also a theme lead (ethnography) within the current CLAHRC west and a collaborator on the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre.

Katrina has worked within health service/primary care research for over 20 years. She is a qualitative methodologist with a disciplinary background in social sciences applied to health. As a methodologist, she works across multiple projects, providing expertise and leadership. Much of Katrina’s research has involved integrating qualitative studies within large randomised controlled trials and programme grants. These studies have been used to develop and evaluate complex interventions, ensure successful trial delivery, aid interpretation of trial results, and to inform implementation of cost-effective interventions across the NHS. Katrina’s research has informed NICE guidelines, been cited in Government documents and presented to the House of Commons. 

Katrina is currently a member of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) commissioning board, and an Associate Editor for BMC Family Practice.


Katrina joined the Centre of Academic Primary Health Care in September 2004.  Prior to doing so she worked at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow, and at the University of Glasgow on mixed method studies that focused on the health and health behaviours of children and adolescents.

Katrina has a background in health sciences, health promotion and health education, and a PhD from a Department of Applied Social Science. Her PhD thesis focused on young women's views and experiences of teenage pregnancy and motherhood.


Teaching leadership:

Current responsibilities

Joint Helical theme lead for Social and Behavioural Science in Medicine. (2015 to present) 

Previous responsibilities

Joint lead for the Human Basis of Medicine teaching (HBoM) unit.

Lead of the Society, Health and Medicine course

Member of the MB ChB year one curriculum development group.  

Teaching deliverly

Main undergraduate teaching responsibilities

  • Lecturer and tutor for the Behavioural and Social Sciences unit taught to all undergraduate medical students (2017 to present).
  • Professional mentor to five undergraduate medical students (2017 to present).
  • Lecturer and tutor for Society, Health and Medicine course delivered to all medical students. (2005-16)
  • Supervised undergraduate medical students’ Student Selected Choice (SSC) projects (2005-7)

Main postgraduate teaching responsibilities

  • Supervise doctoral students. (2004-present)
  • Teach and supervise AF2 doctors (2006-present)
  • Lecture on the MSc in Public Health

Contribution to Life-long Learning and continuing professional development courses

Lecture on the following short courses delivered within the Bristol Medical School:

  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (2006 to present).
  • Qualitative Research in Randomised Trials (2012-15, 2017 to present). 
  • Critical Appraisal of Published Qualitative Research (2011-3, 2016).


  • Qualitative research methods
  • Randomised controlled trials (RCTs)


  • Depression
  • psychosis
  • personality disorders


  • in-depth interviews focus groups secondary analysis and synthesis


In my current post I have a responsibility to develop and manage qualitative studies, many of which are nested within large RCTs. I also provide advice to students and colleagues about the design and conduct of qualitative research projects. My research interests include childhood obesity, diabetes, depression, and sexual health.

  • qualitative research methods
  • type 2 diabetes
  • childhood obesity
  • depression
  • sexual health
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