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Katie completed her PhD at London South Bank University in the Nutrition Research Centre. Her research explored data collected from qualitative and quantitative methodologies investigating patients’ perceptions of heartburn symptom presentation, associated trigger factors and help-seeking behaviours.
Katie joined the Cancer group of the Primary Care Unit in 2010 as a Research Associate on the SYMPTOM Study, which was part of the NIHR-funded DISCOVERY programme (PI Fiona Walter), aimed at optimizing pathways to diagnosis for Cancer, and also co-ordinated the pancreatic extension of the study. On completion, she worked as a Research Associate on the NIHR-funded MelaTools programme, aimed at optimising earlier diagnosis of Melanoma in primary care (PI Fiona Walter).
In February 2017, she joined the Prevention group to work as a Research Associate on the Cancer Research UK funded I-CaPP Programme (PI Juliet Usher-Smith), aimed at developing very brief interventions to promote behaviour change for cancer prevention in primary care.
Katie is also the chair of the Primary Care Unit Early Careers Researcher Group (ECR), and convenes the Qualitative Research Forum (QRF).
Usher-Smith JA, Silarova B, Sharp SJ, Mills K, Griffin S. Effect of interventions incorporating personalised cancer risk information on intentions and behaviour: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMJ Open 2018;8 :e017717. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017717.
Mills K, Emery J, Lantaff R, Radford M, PanneBakker M, Hall P, Burrows N, Williams K, Saunders C, Murchie P, Walter FM. Protocol for the melatools skin self-monitoring trial: a phase II randomised controlled trial of an intervention for primary care patients at higher risk of melanoma, BMJ Open 2017; 7 :e017934. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2017-017934
Mills K, Harte E, Martin A, Maclure C, Griffin S, Mant J, Meads C, Saunders C, Walter FM, Usher-Smith JA. Views of commissioners, managers and healthcare professionals on the NHS Health Check programme: a systematic review. BMJ Open, 2017; 7 :e018606. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018606.
Mills K, Birt L, Emery JD, Hall N, Banks J, Johnson M, Ballard S, Lancaster J, Hamilton W, Rubin G, Walter FM. Understanding symptom appraisal and help-seeking in people with symptoms suggestive of pancreatic cancer: a qualitative study. BMJ Open, 2017;7 :e015682. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015682.
Walter FM, Mills K, Mendonca S, Abel G, Basu B, Carroll N, Hamilton W, Rubin GP, Emery JD. Pancreatic cancer: a prospective cohort study of symptoms and patient factors associated with diagnostic intervals and stage at diagnosis. Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology 2016, October 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2468-1253(16)30079-6.
Walter FM, Emery JD, Mendonca S, Hall N, Morris HC, Mills K, Dobson C, Bankhead C, Johnson M, Abel G, Rutter M, Hamilton W, Rubin GP. Symptoms and patient factors associated with diagnostic intervals and stage at diagnosis for colorectal cancer: a prospective cohort study. Br J Cancer. 2016 Aug 23;115(5):533-41. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2016.221
Walter FM, Rubin G, Bankhead C, Morris HC, Hall N, Mills K, Dobson C, Rintoul R, Hamilton W, Emery J. First symptoms and other factors associated with time to presentation and diagnosis and stage at diagnosis of lung cancer: a prospective cohort study. Brit J Cancer 2015,1–8. doi: 10.1038/bjc.2015.30.
Hall NJ, Birt L, Banks J, Emery J, Mills K, Johnson M, Rubin G, Hamilton W, Walter FM. When is it serious enough to see a doctor? Symptom appraisal and healthcare-seeking for symptoms suggestive of colorectal cancer. BMJ Open 2015;5:e008448. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008448.
Birt L, Hall N, Emery JD, Banks J, Mills K, Johnson M, Hamilton W, Walter FM. Responding to symptoms suggestive of lung cancer: a qualitative interview study. BMJ Open Respiratory Research 2014;1:e000067. doi:10.1136/bmjresp-2014-000067.
Banks J, Walter FM, Hall N, Mills K, Hamilton W, Turner K. Patients’ experiences of decision making and referral from primary care to specialist investigation for symptoms associated with lung and colorectal cancer. Br J Gen Pract 2014; 64(629):e775-82.
Mills K, Emery J, Cheung C, Hall N, Birt L, Walter FM. A qualitative exploration of the use of calendar landmarking instruments in cancer symptom research. BMC Family Practice 2014; 15:167. doi:10.1186/s12875-014-0167-8.