Social science APPlied to Healthcare Improvement REsearch

In the SAPPHIRE group, we employ social science theory and methods to research healthcare improvement. Our research encompasses understanding problems in healthcare quality and safety, informing the design of interventions that could help, and conducting process evaluations of improvement programmes and interventions. 

We specialise in using qualitative and ethnographic methods to provide insights about what is valuable to different groups of stakeholders, where improvement is needed and how interventions are working in ‘real-world’ practice. We capture stakeholder perspectives and track systems and processes that span different healthcare settings. Working within diverse contexts across primary, community, secondary and tertiary care, we contribute to better understandings of what works (and doesn’t work), for whom, and how.

The SAPPHIRE group incorporates diverse expertise and experience (both academic and clinical); we aim to learn from each other in order to maximise the quality of our research. See ‘People’ for more information on research interests and experience.   

We are a partner in The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute at the University of Cambridge, and have an established record of collaborating with policymakers and other research groups in the UK and internationally.

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