Caroline joined the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing in 2022 as a Senior Research Fellow in Health and Social Care. A medical anthropologist with expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods health research, her research explores practices of care and provision of health services at both personal and population levels. Within the Institute Caroline is part of an expanding research team working to develop new models of person-centred care that draw on inter-generational relationships to empower older people.
Before joining the Institute Caroline was a Senior Research Fellow in the Health Services Research Unit at Oxford Population Health. At HSRU her work focused on evaluating how health and care services affect quality of life for people living with long-term health conditions. Caroline played a key role in developing the Long-Term Conditions Questionnaire, a patient-reported outcome measure for ‘living well with long-term health conditions’, and she led further development of LTCQ for use by people with dementia and informal (family) carers. Caroline works within the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration for Oxford and the Thames Valley, for which she is a deputy theme lead of research for ‘Improving health and social care in the community’.
Caroline was previously a lecturer in Oxford’s School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography, where she served from 2008 as Deputy Director of the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity. To date she has supervised five doctoral candidates and over 30 masters’ and undergraduate students to successful completion of their research, and she continues to supervise DPhil students and to provide guest teaching across Oxford’s Medical and Social Sciences Divisions. Outside of work Caroline is a life-long dancer and has served for two terms as a publicly elected member of her local council.
Links to publicly accessible reports; academic publications available on request.
- Understanding and improving older people's well-being through social prescribing involving the cultural sector: Interviews from a realist evaluation
- Social prescribing for older people and the role of the cultural sector during the COVID-19 pandemic: What are link workers' views and experiences?
- How active can pre-schoolers be at home? Parents' and grandparents' perceptions of children's day-to-day activity, with implications for physical activity policy
- Using an implementation science approach to implement and evaluate Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROM) initiatives in routine care settings
- Use of the Long-Term Conditions Questionnaire (LTCQ) for monitoring health-related quality of life in people affected by cognitive impairment including dementia: pilot study in UK memory clinic services
- Paternal origins of obesity: emerging evidence for incorporating epigenetic pathways into the social determinants of health framework
- Rasch analysis of the Long-Term Conditions Questionnaire (LTCQ) and development of a short-form (LTCQ-8)
- Estimating EQ-5D utilities based on the Short-Form Long Term Conditions Questionnaire (LTCQ-8)
- Age, economic insecurity, and mental health in England across Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. Insight report for UK policy makers
- Changes in mental health, eating and physical activity in England across Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. Insight report for UK policy makers
- Self-efficacy and health-related quality of life: a cross-sectional study of primary care patients with multi-morbidity
- The context of coping: a qualitative exploration of underlying inequalities that influence health services support for people living with long-term conditions
- Quality of life and burden of morbidity in primary care users with multimorbidity
- Beauty in motion: collective creativity in contemporary dance
- Long-Term Conditions Questionnaire (LTCQ): initial validation survey among primary care patients and social care recipients in England
- The Long-Term Conditions Questionnaire (LTCQ): conceptual framework and item development
- Refinement of the Long-Term Conditions Questionnaire (LTCQ): patient and expert stakeholder opinion
- Bodies of knowledge: medical anthropology and interdisciplinarity
- Cancer PROMs: a scoping study
- Medical Anthropology in Europe: Shaping the Field