Senior Lecturer in General Practice, Director of GPEG
MBChB, MSc, MD, MRCP, FRCGP
Tel: 01223 330595
John Benson graduated from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 1981. He trained as a physician in Birmingham, Wales and London, including a period in rural African medicine, before completing General Practice training in 1989. Since then, he has worked as a General Practitioner in Cambridge. He was appointed at the University of Cambridge as University Lecturer in General Practice in 1998 and as Senior Lecturer in 2007.
Dr Benson’s research relates to patient involvement in consultations, measurement of consultation quality and outcomes of medical student education.
Dr Benson leads the medical student education programme in General Practice in Cambridge and is Senior Examiner in the Cambridge Final MB examination. From 2003 to 2013 he served as Associate Dean in the School of Clinical Medicine.
Benson J, Britten N (1996) Respecting the autonomy of cancer patients when talking with their families: qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews with patients. BMJ: 313: 729-731
Benson J, Britten N. (2002) Patients’ decisions about whether or not to take antihypertensive drugs: qualitative study. BMJ: 325: 873-6
Benson J, Britten N. (2003) Patients’ views about taking antihypertensive drugs: questionnaire study. BMJ: 326: 1314-15
Kurtz S, Silverman J, Benson J and Draper J (2003). Marrying content and process in clinical method teaching: Enhancing the Calgary-Cambridge guides. Academic Medicine: 78 (8): 1-8
John Benson, Thelma Quince, Arthur Hibble, Thomas Fanshawe, Jon Emery (2005) Impact on patients of expanded, general practice based, student teaching: observational and qualitative study. BMJ: 331: 89-92
John Benson, Nicky Britten (2006) What effects do patients feel from their antihypertensive tablets and how do they react to them? Qualitative analysis of interviews with patients. Family Practice 23: 80-87
Daniel P Edgcumbe, Mark S Lillicrap, John A Benson (2008). A qualitative study of medical students’ attitudes to careers in general practice. Education for Primary Care: 19 (1) 65-73
Silverman J, Archer J, Gillard S, Howells R, Benson J (2011) Initial evaluation of EPSCALE, a rating scale that assesses the process of explanation and planning in the medical interview. Patient Education and Counselling: 82 (1) 89-93.
Rachel A Crockett, Stephen Sutton, Fiona M Walter, Megan Clinch, Theresa M Marteau, John Benson (2011) Impact on decisions to start or continue medicines of providing information to patients about possible benefits and/or harms: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Medical Decision-making 31 (5) 767-777.
Thelma A Quince, Diana F Wood, Richard A Parker, John Benson (2012) Prevalence and persistence of depression among undergraduate medical students: a longitudinal study at one UK medical school. BMJ Open e001519 doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001519
Rebecca Whyte, Thelma Quince, John Benson, Diana Wood and Stephen Barclay (2013) Medical students’ experience of personal loss: incidence and implications. BMC Medical Education 13:36 doi: 10. 1186/1472-6920-13-36
Cotton P, Benson J. (2013) Quality criteria for general practice teaching. Education for Primary Care 24(3):156-157
Megan Clinch, John Benson (2013) Making information ‘relevant’: General Practitioner judgments and the production of patient involvement. Social Science and Medicine 96 104-111
Burt J, Abel G, Elmore N, Campbell J, Roland M, Benson J, Silverman J. (2014) Assessing communication quality of consultations in primary care: initial reliability of the Global Consultation Rating Scale, based on the Calgary-Cambridge Guide to the Medical Interview. BMJ Open 4(3):e004339
Thiemann P, Quince T, Benson J, Wood D, Barclay S. (2015) Medical Students’ Death Anxiety: Severity and Association With Psychological Health and Attitudes Toward Palliative Care. J Pain Symptom Manage 50(3):335-342.e2
Gail Ewing, Nothando Ngwenya, John Benson, David Gilligan, Susan Bailey, Jane Seymour, Morag Farquhar (2015) Sharing news of a lung cancer diagnosis with adult family members and friends: a qualitative study to inform a supportive intervention. Patient Educ Couns. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2015.09.013