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, where she is leading the qualitative aspects of the programme. Alongside this, Katie is also completing a study using conversation analysis to investigate interactions between health care professionals and patients in the communication of risk.
Katie is also the East of England regional champion of Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Primary Health Care scientists group (PHoCuS), a member of the SAPC Early Careers Academics working group, and a member of the NIHR School of Primary Care Research conversation analysis working group.
PanneBakker M, Mills K, Johnson M, Emery J, Walter FM. Understanding implementation and usefulness of electronic clinical decision support (eCDS) for melanoma in English primary care: a qualitative investigation, BJGP Open 19 March 2019; bjgpopen18X101635. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgpopen18X101635
Usher-Smith JA, Masson G, Mills K, Sharp SJ, Sutton S, Klein WMP, Griffin SJ. A randomised controlled trial of the effect of providing online risk information and lifestyle advice for the most common preventable cancers: study protocol. BMC Public Health 2018, 18:796. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5712-2.
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.