Professor Adrian Edwards

Director, Division of Population Medicine

School of Medicine

Email:
edwardsag@cardiff.ac.uk
Location:
Neuadd Meirionnydd

Professor Adrian Edwards is Professor of General Practice and Co-Director of the Division of Population Medicine at Cardiff University, Wales, UK. He is the Director of PRIME Centre Wales , an all-Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency (including unscheduled research), in partnership with Bangor University, Swansea University and University of South Wales. He is also a part-time general practitioner in Cwmbran, Gwent, South Wales, and has a visiting professorship at Aarhus University, Denmark. He co-leads the Clinical Epidemiology Route of the intercalated BSc.

Prof Edwards co-leads the Clinical Epidemiology Route of the Intercalated BSc programme for medical students. Now going into its 7th year, with 82 graduates to date, over 70% 1st class honours the Route goes from strength to strength, with modules on research methods, health economics, infections, long term conditions, clinical care quality, publichealth and global health. A key part of the course is the supervise research project module, from which approximately half the students to date have secured a publication, and there have been several high quality presentations at national and international meetings.

Other Education interests include a range of modules in the main C21 curriculum (Improving Quality, evidence in Practice, Science in Practice; Student Selected Components), contributions to Masters programmes, and higher degree supervision (see 'Research').

Prof edwards' main research interests are in quality and safety of health care, with current studies on safety in primary care, the epidemiology of harm in secondary care, self-management support in long term conditions, and implementation of shared decision making.

Methodological interests centre on systematic reviews, and Professor Edwards is a co-editor in the Melbourne-based Consumers & Communication Review Group of the Cochrane Collaboration.

PhDs - completed

  • Lead supervisor for Dr Natalie Joseph-Williams , Cardiff University (2011 - 2016): Overcoming patient reported barriers to Shared Decision Making.
  • Lead supervisor for Dr Stephanie Sivell (2014), Cardiff University – approaching submission of ‘Published Works’ PhD.
  • Co-supervisor for Charlotte Harmsen, University of South Denmark, Odense, Denmark (2014). ‘Interventions for chronic diseases: effect of patient values and effectiveness information on patients’ choice of therapy, adherence to therapy and satisfaction with therapy’.
  • ead supervisor for Dr Kathryn O'Brien (2006 – 2013); registered University of Wales; title: ‘Prevalence and natural history of childhood UTI in primary care’.
  • Co-supervisor for Dr Paulina Bravo 2008-11; Cardiff University; title: ‘Psychosocial needs of People Living with HIV’.
  • Co-supervisor for Pia Kirkegaard; University of Aarhus, Denmark; 2007-11; ‘Risk communication between GPs and patients with elevated cholesterol. A qualitative study of a complex intervention, focusing on decision making in the consultation.’
  • Lead supervisor for Michelle Edwards 2006 – 2010; Cardiff University; title: ‘The development and practice of health literacy for people with long term conditions’.
  • Co-supervisor for Dr Rhodri Evans 2005 – 2009; Nijmegen University, Netherlands; title: ‘Interactive health communication in prostate cancer screening and testing’.
  • Co-supervisor for Melody Rhydderch 2002 – 2006; Nijmegen University, Netherlands; title: ‘Practice assessment and quality improvement in European general practice’.
PhDs – in progress
  • Lead supervisor for Dr Andrew Carson-Stevens : Patient Safety in Primary Care. Oct 2012 - Sep 2016.
  • Co-supervisor for Miss Grace McCutchan : Understanding the barriers to cancer awareness and help-seeking in people from deprived areas of Wales. Oct 2013 - Sep 2016.
  • Lead supervisor for Dr Freya Davies (2015 to date): developing self-management support training for clinicians working with peope with MS.
  • Co-supervisor for Ms. Pernille Gabel, Aarhus University, Denmark: development and evaluation of a decision aid to enhance uptake of colorectal cancer screenign among citizens in Denmark with lower educational attainment.