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Dr Michelle Edwards

Research Associate

+44 (0)29 2068 7144
Neuadd Meirionnydd, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YS


2020 - Currently: I am currently a Research Fellow based in the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre, I'm working on programme of research funded by the Wales Cancer Research Centre on Optimising Patients' Experiences of Cancer Treatment. In my role I have been developing a programme  of research peojects  which aims to support patients with making infoemed decsions about treatment and care options for advanced cancer.

2017: Currently : I have also been working on  a NIHR funded Realist Evaluation of GPs working In or alongside  Emergency Departments since 2017  in the Division of Population Medicine.  








I currently teach on the Long-term Conditions module on the Intercallated BSc in Population Medicine and supervise project students

I also help deliver a session on Shared Decision-making for the Evidence Based Medicine Week for year 3 medical students

I supervise project students on the MSc in Palliative Medicine

I also supervise medical student SSC projects across year 2 and 3 

My research interests mainly centre on patients' experiences of health and health care and improving self-management, heealth communication and informed decsionmaking. I work across health contexts from long-term conditions to palliative and and end of life care. 

Health Literacy

One of my main areas of expertise and interest is conceptualising health literacy asexperienced by people with long-term conditions and more recently patients with advanced cancer. My ongoing research interests are focussed on undertand patients' experiences of health litercay and cancer litercay and translating these research findings into interventions to support the development of health literacy to achieve more equitable access and engagement with healthcare, and better health outcomes for patients based on their individual preferences. 

Cancer and Palliative Care Research

i am currently working on a programme of research for the Wales Cancer Research Centre focusing on Optimising Patients' Exeriences of Cancer Treatments. I am developing projects to create and evauate interventions to support patiens with informed decision-making along their cancer journey and at the time where their cancer is advanced and there is an option for palliative care or oncology treatments. I am also interested in developing mechanisms for communicating and including patients' preferences in muti-disciplinary team meetings where treatments are discussed and recommended. 

Primary and Emergency Care Research

I have been a member of the GPs in EDs research project team which is a realist evaluaton of the implications of GPs working in or alogside Emergency Departments. I carried out the qualitative field work for the project and have written up qualitative findings which have been published in peer reviewed journals and submitted to the NIHR in a report. 

Qualitative Research Expertise 

I work with a  range of qualitative methods, including participants and non-participant observation, ethnography, quaitative interviewing and qualitative review methods.I also have expertise in a range of qualitative analysis methods used in both psychology and sociology. 


Past projects