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Professor Rachael Gooberman-HillMA(StAnd), PhD(Edin)

Professor of Health and Anthropology

Rachael Gooberman-Hill

Professor Rachael Gooberman-HillMA(StAnd), PhD(Edin)

Professor of Health and Anthropology

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Research interests

Rachael is Professor of Health and Anthropology and Director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Intitute for Health Research. She is a Social Anthropologist by background who applies techniques from anthropology and qualitative approaches in applied health research. Interests include long-term conditions, long-term post-surgical pain, osteoarthritis and joint pain, care and disability in later life, help-seeking, technology for health, clinical decision-making and public involvement in research.

Among the grants on which Rachael has been a principal or co-applicant include those from the UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Arthritis Research UK, the MRC Health Services Research Collaboration (MRC HSRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Rachael’s PhD (1999, Edinburgh) and MA (1991, St Andrews) were both in Social Anthropology. She was previously Networks Officer of the Association of the Social Anthropologists and a member of Council of the Royal Anthropological Institute. She is currently Treasurer and a Trustee of the European Association of Social Anthropologists and is a Trustee of the Colston Research Society. Rachael is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has recently completed her term of office as external examiner for Durham University's MSc in Medical Anthropology. She provides supervision to research students and delivers training in research methods and writing.

In 2014 Rachael's group received a University Engagement Award for their work in patient involvement in research, in 2016 her team won a special prize for their animated film about patient engagement in the NIHR's New Media competition. Also in 2016 she led a team within the SPHERE Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration into a finalist position in Health and Wellbeing category of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Involvement's Engage Competition. In 2016 Rachael was honoured to be presented with the British Pain Society Medal.

Rachael leads the STAR Programme of Research to improve treatment for long-term pain after knee replacement as well as numerous other multidisciplinary projects and streams of research.

Within the University of Bristol Rachael currently works on the Engaged University Steering Group, the Ethics of Research Committee, the GCRF Steering Group and the Steering Group of the Population Health Strategic Research Institute. She leads the Qualitative Research Network in Bristol's NIHR-supported Biomedical Research Centre. As Director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research Rachael is committed to support of interdisciplinary and cross-Faculty research in health.  


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Postal address:
Musculoskeletal Research Unit
University of Bristol
Level 1 Learning and Research Building
Southmead Hospital
Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol
United Kingdom

Selected research outputs

  1. Published

    The assessment of persistent pain after joint replacement

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  2. Published

    Qualitative Approaches to Understanding Patient Preferences

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  3. Published

    Designing a placebo device: involving service users in clinical trial design

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Published

    Assessing chronic joint pain: lessons from a focus group study

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  5. Published

    Unstated factors in orthopaedic decision-making: a qualitative study

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