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 Deborah Edwards

Deborah Edwards

Research Fellow

School of Healthcare Sciences

Email
edwardsdj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 225 10703
Campuses
Room 701, 7th floor, Eastgate House, 35 - 43 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB

Overview

I am a research fellow at the School of Healthcare Sciences and Co-Director of the Wales Centre for Evidence Based Care, a JBI Centre of Excellence  https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/explore/research-units/wales-centre-for-evidence-based-care

In May 2021, along with five other centres across Wales, the Wales Centre for Evidence Based Care were contracted by the Wales COVID-19 Evidence Centre (https://healthandcareresearchwales.org/about-research-community/wales-covid-19-evidence-centre) to provide 50 rapid reviews per year answering priority questions for policy and practice in Wales.  The Wales COVID-19 Evidence Centre work with stakeholders who are involved in health and social care across Wales, to  understand the impact of the pandemic on the health and care delivery systems in Wales, prioritise questions that are answerable from the research evidence, and ensure the best available, up-to-date, and relevant evidence is readily available to inform their decision making. Stakeholders include the Welsh Government COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group.

Prior to this my work has focused on vulnerable groups in healthcare using the methodological approach of systematic reviews to explore how health inequities can be reduced in this population.Current topics of interest include access to cancer services and experiences of cancer care for adults with a physical disability, continence care for people living with dementia  end of life care for people with severe mental illness and crisis responses for children and young people. 

Biography

Work history

2021-present

School of Healthcare Studies, Cardiff University

Research Fellow

2003-2021

School of Healthcare Studies, Cardiff University

Research Associate

1999-2003

School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies,  University of Wales College of Medicine

Research Assistant

1996-1998

Department of Social Medicine. University of Bristol

Research Associate

1994- 1996

Department of Oral Surgery, Medicine and Pathology, University of Wales College of Medicine

Research Assistant

Research experience

Crisis responses for children and young people: an evidence synthesis of effectiveness, experiences and service organisation (CAMH-Crisis). 

End of life care for people with pre-existing, severe, mental health problems: an evidence synthesis (the MENLOC study)..

Men’s perceptions of the impact of the physical consequences of a radical prostatectomy on their quality of life: a qualitative systematic review. 

Barriers to, and facilitators of, access to cancer services and experiences of cancer care for adults with a physical disability. A mixed methods systematic review. 

Understanding continence in acute settings for people with dementia: raising awareness and improving care.

Assistance at mealtimes in hospital settings and rehabilitation units for older adults from the perspective of patients, families and healthcare professionals

The RISC Project. An evidence synthesis of risk identification, assessment and management for young people using tier 4 inpatient child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)

The ‘EPIC Project’: Developing and evaluating a child-centered intervention for diabetes medicine management using mixed-methods and a multi-centre Randomised Controlled Trial

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Teaching

I teach on the Comprehensive Systeamtic Review Training Programme (JBI methodology) for the Wales Cenre of Evidenced Based Care and I also teach systematic review methodology across a number on postgraduate courses

Research interests
  • Evidence synthesis vulnerable groups in healthcare 
  • I am currently undertaking my PhD by prior published work 

Methodological expertise and editorial appointments

  • Systematic review consultant for Arts and Health Journal
  • Member of the JBI Textual Evidence Methods group contributing to the international development of these methodologies.
  • Reviewer BMJ Open, JBI Evidence Synthesis, Journal of Clinical Nursing, International Journal of Nursing Studies, International Journal of Nursing Older People and Systematic Reviews

WCEBC commissions

 I have been a senior investigator on several evidence synthesis projects, commissioned from organisations including James Lind Alliance, Welsh Government, and the Schools of Engineering and Psychology at Cardiff University. Our current programme of work is with the Wales Covid-19 Evidence Centre. 

Wales COVID-19 Evidence Centre | Health Care Research Wales (healthandcareresearchwales.org)

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