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DPhil Supervision

Sue is a medical sociologist with particular interest in how people use the internet in relation to their health. While specialising in qualitative research she also has an interest in mixed methods studies.

Sue Ziebland


Professor of Medical Sociology and Director of HERG

  • Director of HERG (Health Experiences Research Group)
Biography

Sue Ziebland is Professor of Medical Sociology and Director of the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG), in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care health Sciences. She is also a senior research fellow at Green Templeton College and in 2013 she was appointed as an NIHR Senior Investigator 

She tweets as  @sueziebland

Sue’s background is in medical sociology, with increasing focus on qualitative research approaches.   Sue has worked as a researcher in the academic, NHS and voluntary sectors and has published over 150 papers and chapters in social science and health publications. Sue was invited (by Ann McPherson) to be involved in the DIPEx (now Healthtalk ) project in 1999 when it was still at the kitchen table stage. She spent a considerable (and perhaps not surprising) amount of 1999 getting the projects through a national research ethics committee. Since then Sue has worked closely with colleagues in HERG  and the  DIPEx charity to develop the methods used in the projects and raise funding for the research.

Healthtalk has been emulated worldwide within the DIPEx International Collaboration, which currently includes Japan, Korea, Australia, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Canada, Israel and USA.

HERG specialise in qualitative methods of understanding health experiences and using the understanding for experience- based health information, clinical education and service improvements. Sue's other current research interests include how the internet is changing health care, through access to health information, through the opportunity to comment on services and how the web is  changing patients relationships with health professionals, including how they consult with GPs.   International work includes a comparative narrative interview study of help seeking and health system response in Sweden, Denmark and England and projects with the DIPEx International Collaboration. 

Sue edited (with Angela Coulter, Louise Locock and Joseph Calabrese ) 'Understanding and using health Experiences: improving patient care' which was  published by Oxford University Press in 2013. (£29.99 all good bookshops ...)