Dr Emma Dures

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About me

I am a chartered psychologist based in Academic Rheumatology at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. I am interested in the interaction of psychological, emotional, and social factors with the physical health and well-being of people with inflammatory rheumatic conditions. I specialise in qualitative methods, often as part of mixed methods study designs. I work with national and international collaborators from nursing, medicine, patient involvement, psychology, and allied health professionals. I welcome queries from potential doctoral students.

I lead the UWE Rheumatology Team, a multi-disciplinary group conducting applied research to address questions from clinical practice. Our focus is on outcomes important to patients, the psychological impact of inflammatory rheumatic conditions, self-management support provision, fatigue, patient activation and nurse-led care. Collaboration with Patient Research Partners is integral to our research.

I am theme lead for MAMBO (musculoskeletal management measurement behaviour change and outcomes) in UWE's Centre for Health and Clinical Research.

In 2022, I was appointed Adjunct Professor of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation at the University of Southern Denmark and the associated research institution at the Danish Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in S√łnderborg.

Regionally, I am co-director of the Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team, a network of clinicians, patients and academics interested in musculoskeletal research and healthcare across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. 

Area of expertise

Psychological and self-management support in rheumatology

The theory and practice of mixed methods in health research

Qualitative methods, in particular thematic analysis


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