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Addressing the Polypharmacy Challenge in Older People

Research Team

The research is being conducted by Deborah Swinglehurst, Nina Fudge, Sarah Collins, Celia Roberts and Alison Thomson.


Deborah is a Clinical Reader and NIHR Clinician Scientist in the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Queen Mary University of London. Deborah is the Principal Investigator for APOLLO-MM. This project builds on her research experience exploring interfaces between medicine, social science and linguistics with a focus on the importance of language and social interaction in shaping health care practices, organisational routines and health policy. Deborah’s research interests also include meanings of ‘quality’ in health care; the role of electronic patient records in shaping clinical consultations and organisational routines in primary care; exploring ‘hidden’ work in the delivery of primary care; and interdisciplinary working in life sciences. Deborah combines her academic work with clinical work as a General Practitioner. She is an experienced qualitative researcher and educator in professional and higher education settings.


Nina is a Research Associate in the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Queen Mary University of London. She will be taking a lead role in collection, management, analysis and interpretation of data for APOLLO-MM. Nina is an experienced social scientist with an interest in the use of ethnographic methods for understanding health care and research practices. Her PhD (King’s College London) investigated implicit claims within health policy that involving patients and the public in the work of professionals will empower patients, create new forms of knowledge and transform relations between patients and professionals. Her research interests include long-term conditions, in particular stroke, practices of citizen and patient participation in health systems, the role of patients in research implementation, and concepts and practices of knowledge production in biomedical research.


Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Communication at Manchester Medical School where she has a particular interest in novel applications of linguistics, ethnography and the humanities to communication training and professional education. She has an interdisciplinary background in linguistics, social science, health care and education. Her research has included communication disability, cross-cultural studies, health care interaction and patient participation. Sarah uses qualitative approaches, combining conversation analysis with ethnography and interviews. For APOLLO-MM Sarah will be collaborating on one of the work packages analysing professional-patient interactions about polypharmacy and how stopping medicines is negotiated in practice.


Celia is Professor Emerita in Sociolinguistics in the Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication, King’s College London. Her research interests include: institutional discourse, language and ethnicity, and the methods of linguistic ethnography. Celia’s publications cover patient-health care professional communication, language and cultural practices in the workplace, English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) and institutional selection processes and their potential for indirect discrimination. In the last ten years she has directed six government funded research projects on health communication, selection interviewing and ESOL. For APOLLO-MM Celia will be collaborating on one of the work packages analysing professional-patient interactions about polypharmacy and how stopping medicines is negotiated in practice.


Alison is a Lecturer in Patient Engagement and Patient Public Involvement at the Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science. She works within the Barts NHS Trust Multiple Sclerosis Team to design and co-ordinate engagement activities that communicate the complex science of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) to others, through a wide range of projects and initiatives including research blogs, patient advisory groups and educational programmes for young people. For APOLLO-MM Alison will be collaborating on the co-design aspects of the project.

Deborah Swinglehurst (Principal Investigator)
Deborah Swinglehurst
Principal Investigator
Nina Fudge (Research Associate)
Nina Fudge
Research Associate
Sarah Collins (Collaborator on Conversation Analysis)
Sarah Collins
Collaborator on analysis of healthcare interactions
Celia Roberts (Collaborator on Conversation Analysis and member of Expert Advisory Group)
Celia Roberts
Collaborator on analysis of healthcare interactions
Alison Thomson (Collaborator on Co-design aspects of APOLLO-MM)
Alison Thomson
Collaborator on Co-design aspects of APOLLO-MM

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