PhD Philosophy (Exeter); Philosophy and Ethics of Mental Health MA (Warwick); Clinical and Counselling Psychology MA; Work and Organisational Psychology MA; Minor English Language and Literature; Psychology BA (Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski”)
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I study connection and disconnection. How people, organisations, evidence and theories connect, set boundaries, complement each other, resolve contradictions, and come together – or not. The fields vary – psychology, philosophy, health services research, end of life care, health research methodology, health information technology studies.
My current studies are in end of life care. One is a realist review on palliative and end of life care interventions in the community. The other is on patient data sharing.
I returned to applied health research after a PhD in the philosophy of science (with Prof. John Dupré and Prof. Susan Kelly). It explored ‘transformations of evidence’ in research synthesis studies. Such studies bring together evidence from multiple sources so as to reach more solid, trustworthy conclusions. The exemplar research synthesis method is the systematic review, which is the cornerstone of evidence based medicine. At least in theory, it should also be the cornerstone of the healthcare we receive.
Understandably, we want such a cornerstone to be truly reliable. It is not. “Bringing evidence together” is a much more complex task than it may appear at first sight. My PhD was about this complexity and what it means for our trust in research synthesis.
As a junior pre-PhD researcher, I worked at the intersection between medicine and philosophy and on evaluation studies in primary care.
The project I have only just started is of two realist reviews: on community services in palliative and end of life care and on complicated grief. I am also completing the “Prepared to Share?” study, which is about sharing patient data in complex conditions, advanced and progressive disease, and /or at the end of life.
My other research interests are in:
- evidence/ research synthesis – primarily theory-driven and conceptual syntheses;
- global health, humanitarian and disaster relief work. I am a Steering Group member of PalCHASE (Palliative Care in Humanitarian Aid Situations and Emergencies);
- evaluations of complex interventions, or of interventions in complex and dynamic contexts;
- “difficult conversations” about health and illness;
- values and emotions in health decision making;
- change and transformations – both personal and organisational;
- conflict resolution;
- psychosomatic conditions and, more broadly, interactions between mental health and physical health;
- philosophy of medicine and philosophy of science;
- psychotherapy, and in particular writing as a technique in psychotherapy.
Patient data sharing
Petrova M, Barclay M, Barclay S S and Barclay S (2017) Between “the best way to deliver patient care” and “chaos and low clinical value”: General Practitioners’ and Practice Managers’ views on data sharing. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 104:74-83, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2017.05.009
Petrova M, Riley J, Abel J and Barclay S (2016) Crash course in EPaCCS (Electronic Palliative Care Coordination Systems): 8 years of successes and failures in patient data sharing to learn from. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. Online first: 16 Sep 16.
Global health and humanitarian work
Powell RA, Schwartz L, Nouvet E, Sutton B, Petrova M, Marston J, Munday D and Radbruch L (2017) “Palliative care in humanitarian crises: Always something to offer”. The Lancet, 389 (10078): 1498–9, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30978-9
Methodological work on evidence identification and synthesis
Petrova M (2014) (Mis)trusting Health Research Synthesis Studies: Exploring Transformations of ‘Evidence’. PhD thesis. University of Exeter, UK.
Petrova M, Sutcliffe P, Fulford K W M (Bill) and Dale J (2012) Search terms and a validated brief search filter to retrieve publications on health-related values in Medline: a word frequency analysis study. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 19 (3): 479-488.
Petrova M, Sutcliffe P, Fulford K W M (Bill) and Dale J (2012) VaST (Values Search Tools): A manual for searching electronic databases for publications on health-related values. Warwick Medical School, Coventry, UK.
Evaluation projects in primary care and primary palliative care
Petrova M, Vail L, Bosley S and Dale J (2010) Benefits and Challenges of Employing Health Care Assistants in General Practice. Family Practice, 27(3): 303-311.
Petrova M, Dale J, Munday D, Koistinen J, Agarwal S and Lall R (2010) The role and impact of facilitators in primary care: findings from the implementation of the Gold Standards Framework for palliative care. Family Practice, 27 (1): 38-47.
Munday D, Petrova M and Dale J (2009) Exploring preferences for place of death with terminally ill patients. British Medical Journal, 339: b2391.
Dale J, Petrova M, Munday D, Koistinen-Harris J, Lall R and Thomas K (2009) ‘A national facilitation project to improve primary palliative care: the impact of the Gold Standards Framework on process and self-ratings of quality’. Quality and Safety in Health Care, 18 (3): 174-180.
Values and ethics in healthcare
Petrova M, Dale J, Fulford K W M (Bill). ‘Values-based practice in primary care: easing the tensions between individual values, ethical principles and best evidence’. British Journal of General Practice, 2006; 56 (530): 703-709.
On academic job insecurity and the ultimate tenure. Nature Jobs, Mar 2017.
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