Projects

Scientific Studies

1. An international, multi-lingual survey of patients' perceptions of HIV physicians and their practice

This is a survey in English, Spanish, French, and German of the experience of people with HIV in receiving treatment for HIV from their physicians. It is being done in collaboration with thebody.com, a leading international source of patient-focused, high-quality information on HIV and its treatment. The survey explores mental and behavioural characteristics of the patient and the physician in interaction and its relation to survival with HIV infection and health-effective medical practice.

2. The Tuke Institute model of health-effective medical service

An evidence-based policy study on biopsychosocial medical practice and how it is best configured to meet the needs of people with acute and/or chronic illness.

3. Best practice in HIV medicine: a model of health-effective medical service in a complex, chronic illness

A study exploring the comprehensive medical needs of people with HIV at all stages of living with HIV with or without overt illness. The study aims to determine an evidence-base for an integrated model of medical practice that is the most health-effective feasible, as a model for similar research in other complex illnesses.

4. A comprehensive measure of illness-status for primary and secondary medical service

A study to develop a scientifically valid measure of illness-status. This measure is used in case-formulation, the benchmarking of personalised medical outcomes, the measurement of a clinician’s medical effectiveness, and as an index for the purposes of medical governance.

5. A measure of clinician-performance predictive of individual medical outcomes
A study to determine which components of clinicians’ behaviours are important in delivering health-effective outcomes in medical practice, including the technical, interpersonal, and organisational and how to measure them best.
6. A measure of administrator-performance in facilitating medical service-delivery
A study to determine how to measure the job-performance of administrators at various levels of task in order to facilitate the work of the clinicians in delivering health-effective medical services and in helping patients achieve meaningful outcomes, including in conflict-resolution.
7. Statistical and data-handling methods in translating performance-data into useful audit-information
A study to specify the necessary methods and techniques in analysing performance-data and how this can be translated efficiently and meaningfully to non-specialist governance groups for the purpose of medical audit and maintenance of medical-service standards.