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 mental, emotional, and social factors with the physical health and well-being of people with inflammatory rheumatic diseases. 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 all our research.


In April 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. This role enables me to collaborate with Danish colleagues on our shared interests, in particular fatigue self-management in inflammatory rheumatic conditions.


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. National roles include member of the editorial board for BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders and Musculoskeletal Care. Internationally, I am a member of the Targeted Self-management in Patients with Inflammatory Arthritis Advisory Board, funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

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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