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Fran Toye

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Fran studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University (1986-1990) and later qualified as a physiotherapist (1996). She first joined the Physiotherapy Research Unit at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in 1999 when she was funded and successfully completed a PhD thesis, which explored the assessment of need for total knee replacement. Prior to this Fran practised as an outpatient physiotherapist at Queen Mary’s in Roehampton. Fran’s research aims to explore how culture, context and narrative effect patients and clinicians healthcare decisions. She has published a body of primary qualitative research and has expertise in qualitative research methodology, including qualitative systematic review. Fran’s research plans are to focus on maximising the impact of qualitative research through complementary modes of dissemination such as audio/visual media. One of her missions is to de-mystify qualitative research methods in order to embrace the wider research community and other stakeholders.

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Experiencing Evidently Cochrane blogs: uncertainty, suffering and solidarity

Recently, Cochrane UK undertook some qualitative work to explore what the comments posted on Evidently Cochrane blogs might tell us about what readers get from our blogs. In this blog, the Editors of Evidently Cochrane, Sarah Chapman and Selena Ryan-Vig, and qualitative researcher Fran Toye, talk about the methods they used, the insights they gained, and the subsequent changes made to the blogs to make them more useful to readers.