Senior Investigator Profile

First NameJenny
Award StatusEmeritus
Current PostProfessor of Social Medicine
DepartmentSocial and Community Medicine
Telephone0117 9287214
InstitutionUniversity of Bristol
NHS TrustNorth Bristol NHS Trust
Region NameSouth West
Primary Research FieldPublic Health - Health Care Sciences & Services
Secondary Research FieldSociology
BiographyJenny Donovan is Professor of Social Medicine and Head of Department of Social Medicine at the University of Bristol.  A social scientist by training, the driving force in her research has been a wish to understand the perspectives of individuals (patients and clinicians), within the context of broader social groups, and to use these understandings to improve health and the delivery of health care.  She has made contributions to understanding medication-taking, the experiences of individuals with various health problems, and the delivery and receipt of reassurance. More recently, Professor Donovan has focused on prostate cancer, with research ranging from the molecular basis of the disease to health policy on treatment and screening; and on methodological research aiming to understand and address difficulties in launching urgently needed randomised control trials.

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