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Marta Wanat

Senior Qualitative Researcher in Behavioural Science

I am a researcher in the Infectious Diseases Research Group at the University of Oxford. I am a social scientist with a background in psychology, working at the interface between social science and medicine in primary care setting. My research involves applying behavioural science to understand, develop and evaluate complex interventions with the aim of improving patient outcomes. I am particularly interested in exploring new models of care delivery in primary care, and managing infections and other respiratory conditions from the perspective of both patients and clinicians in primary care. 

I am passionate about bringing methodological excellence and innovation to qualitative research in primary care. I have published methodology-related manuscripts, including; i) the value of longitudinal qualitative research in primary care; ii) the role of qualitative research in advancing antimicrobial stewardship in primary care; and iii) conducting ethical qualitative research with clinicians

I am currently a PI on the NIHR SPCR funded project looking at at patient experiences of asthma management in primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am also leading data analysis of the mixed-methods evaluation of the PRUDENCE trial, looking barriers and facilitators to implementing rapid diagnostics in management of respiratory tract infections in primary care.

Recently, I have been involved in a NIHR funded study examining patients’ and clinicians’ views and experiences of penicillin allergy testing; and  study funded by the European Commission looking at healthcare professionals' and patients' experiences of COVID-19 outbreak. 

Previously, my work has focused on the views of patients with cancer. My PhD explored the experiences of patients with a recurrence of bowel cancer and their partners.  Before my current post, I have worked on a study looking at the barriers and facilitators to implementing an evidence-based depression management programme for cancer patients.

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