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Frances Early completed her PhD in psychology at University College, Cardiff in 1989 and worked in information technology before practising as a business psychologist, mentor and coach in the Cambridge area. She then returned to academic study, gaining an MSc in Health Psychology from City University, London in 2009. Since then she has been working with the Centre for Self Management Support based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, focussed on service improvement, research and evaluation of self-management support interventions and is the Centre’s Research and Evaluation Lead. In 2015 she became affiliated with the Clinical Nursing Research Group in the Primary Care Unit where she collaborates on developing research projects to promote behaviour change within rehabilitation settings.
Frances’s research interests include health behaviour theory underpinning self management support, and health behaviour change within rehabilitation, particularly in respiratory and cardiac conditions. Of particular interest is the need to support people to embed health promoting behaviours such as physical activity into their daily lives. She is also interested in ways to promote collaborative relationships between health care providers and service users.
Early, F., Winders, S-J., Reddy, S., Ralphs, J., Fuld, J. Co-production to inform clinical commissioning in COPD: an evaluation of Working Together for Change. European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare in press
Effing TW, Vercoulen JH, Bourbeau J, Trappenburg J, Lenferink A, Carafella P, Coultas D, Meek P, van der Valk P, Bischoff EWMA, Bucknall C, Dewan NA, Early F, Fan V, Frith P, Janssen DJA, Mitchell K, Morgan M, Nici L, Patel I, Walters H, Rice KL, Singh S, Zuwallack R, Benzo R, Goldstein R, Partridge MR, van der Palen J. Definition of a COPD self-management intervention: International Expert Group consensus. European Respiratory Journal 2016; 48:46-54
Early F, Everden A, O’Brien C, Fagan P, Fuld J “Patient agenda setting in respiratory outpatients: A randomised controlled trial”. Chronic Respiratory Disease 2015; 12(4):347-56.
Farver-Vestergaard I, Early F, Fuld J, Pedersen CG. “Exploring the interactional sphere of a systemic self-management intervention for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)”. International Journal of Patient Centred Medicine. 2014;3(4):291-304.
Early F, Corcoran P. How can mass participation physical activity events engage low active people? A qualitative study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health.2013; 10:900-909.
Sharma, S., Wallace, L., Turner, A., Early,F., Malam, E., Mundy, L. Looking, listening and learning – the use of ethnography in quality improvement evaluation – an opportunity for health psychologists. Health Psychology Update. 2011;20:2, 26-30.
Coombes R, Early F and Baxter B. A mass of activity. SportEx Health. 2010;Issue 25, July, 7-10.
Early F and Smith AT. Spatial frequency discrimination in normal ageing and in one case of Alzheimer’s disease. Clinical Vision Sciences. 1990; 6:59-64.
Smith AT, Early F and Jones G. A comparison of the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, normal ageing and scopolamine on human transient visual evoked potentials. Psychopharmacology. 1990; 102:535-543.
Smith AT, Early F and Grogan SC. Flicker masking and developmental dyslexia. Perception. 1986; 15:473-482.