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Prof Frances Griffiths



Head of Division


WMS - Social Science and Systems in Health
University of Warwick
Tel: +44(0)24 7652 2534

Research Interests

Lay experience of health and health care; long-term illness (diabetes, depression, musculoskeletal disorders); use of information and communication technology in relation to health and health care; impact of medical technology and information and communication technology on lay understanding of health and experience of health care; research methods for health-related research including the use of mixed methods and complexity science analysis methods for understanding patterns of health.


Frances Griffiths trained in medicine at the University of Cambridge and King's College Hospital, London, and went on to become a general practitioner in Stockton-on-Tees. While working as a GP she undertook her PhD at the University of Durham, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, and was a founder member of the Northern Primary Care Research Network. Frances joined the University of Warwick in 1998 and became founding Director of the Warwick West-Midlands Primary Care Research Network and developed her research interest in the impact of technology on perceptions of health. In 2003 she was awarded a Department of Health National Career Scientist Award to develop a programme of research on Complexity and Health.

Frances uses research methods from social science and has developed the use of mixed methods research methods for health. This includes work with complexity scientists from disciplines including mathematics, statistics and economics. Her research focuses on the impact of medical technology and information and communication technology on lay experience of health and health care, and on the experience of living with long-term conditions. Frances teaches research methods to students and health professionals and has written a book for this audience 'Research methods for health care practice'. Frances was Director of Research Degrees for Warwick Medical School from 2009 to 2013 and is now Head of the Division of Health Sciences.

Research Projects

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  • Patel, Shilpa, Ngunjiri, Anne, Hee, Siew Wan, Yang, Yaling, Brown, Sally, Friede, Tim, Griffiths, Frances, Lord, J., Sandhu, Harbinder, Thistlethwaite, Jill, Tysall, Colin, Underwood, Martin, 2014. Primum non nocere : shared informed decision making in low back pain : a pilot cluster randomised trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 15 (1), View

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Mental health and the establishment of social networks Date of Completion:2014
  • Experience of living with poor prognosis cancer Date of Completion:2012
  • Children's perceptions of robots and robot culture Date of Completion:2011
  • Social networks and health Date of Completion:2013
  • Complexity science and health outcome Date of Completion:2013
  • Gypsy travellers and palliative care Date of Completion:2006
  • Integrated care and community hospitals Date of Completion:2011
  • Cardiovascular disease prevention in primary care Date of Completion:2010
  • Community palliative care and its development Date of Completion:2008
  • Complexity and the general practice consultation Date of Completion:2009
  • The virtual breast Date of Completion:2011
  • Understanding change in back pain Date of Completion:2008
  • Clinical decision making and patient involvement in acute medical setting Date of Completion:2016
  • Health care system design and the integration of information and medical technology in rural South Africa: a critical analysis Date of Completion:2016
  • Recovery from wrist fracture Date of Completion:2016
  • Quality improvement of in-hospital cardio-pulmonary resusciatation Date of Completion:2015
  • Sudden unexplained infant death and the comprehensive enquiry Date of Completion:2015
  • Child Mortality within 24 hours of hospital admission as an emergency in Sub Saharan Africa Date of Completion:2014
  • Understanding Patient Enablement Date of Completion:2011
  • Bayesian Structural Inference with Applications in Social Science Date of Completion:2011
  • Research Palliative Care out of Hours

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