Patricia is interested in understanding complex rehabilitation interventions and their implementation. Part of her research work focuses in creating useful frameworks that can explain which factors need to be considered when attempting to trial new rehabilitation programmes aiming to improve the quality of health services and their outcomes. She is particularly interested in how process evaluations can be an important tool to describe complex interventions and can identify the factors directly affecting their success (or lack of success) during the trial period and also at the time of wider implementation.
Patricia’s has been involved in a number of research studies looking at the implementation of complex rehabilitation interventions. As part of her PhD she carried out the process evaluation of the OTCH trial (Occupational Therapy intervention for residents with stroke in UK Care Homes) which investigated the impact of a targeted course of occupational therapy on people living in nursing and residential homes after suffering from a stroke. Patricia is now part of the team based at Bangor University that is leading the process evaluation of the PD COMM trial which is a phase III multi centre randomised controlled trial that aims to evaluate the effectiveness of two approaches to speech and language therapy (SLT) compared to no SLT intervention for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Patricia's other line of research is looking at the benefits of peer support interventions for rehabilitation research. Patricia and her colleagues have recently completed a research project looking at the impact of a lay peer support intervention for stroke rehabilitation. Leading from that work Patricia has recently been successful in attracting Welsh Government RCBC Wales fellowship funding. This new project, based in North Wales, will investigate peer support programmes for young adults as caregivers to a parent with a neurological condition.
Phone: 01248 383129
Location: School of Healthcare Sciences, Fron Heulog, Bangor