Biography

Dr Saunders is a social scientist from a medical sociology background, who has a particular interest in improving care and self-management for people with long-term health conditions, as well as in advancements in the use of qualitative research methods.

Ben joined the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences in June 2014, having previously worked as a researcher in the Department of Sociology at the University of York, as part of the interdisciplinary York-Cardiff Coma and Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre. Here he worked on projects focusing on serious brain injury and end-of-life decision making.

Prior to this, Ben completed his PhD at Cardiff University in 2012, in which he explored young adults' experiences of living with long-term conditions, particularly focusing on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Type 1 diabetes.

Research and scholarship

Dr Saunders is Principal Investigator on the SPCR-funded Stoma Support Study: Supporting the identification and management of distress in young people with an IBD stoma.

Ben is also Workpackage lead on the CAM-Pain programme: Addressing Child and Adolescent Musculoskeletal Pain (NIHR programme grant), and co-investigator on the SPCR-funded study SPLAT-19 Q: Symptom Patterns and Lived experience of Long-COVID in children and adolescenTs.

Ben is also currently the lead social science, qualitative researcher on the following studies:
  • STarT MSK (Subgrouping for Targeted Treatment of MuSulosKeletal conditions) (NIHR programme grant)
  • PANDA-S (Prognostic And Diagnostic Assessment of Shoulder Pain) (NIHR programme grant)
  • WAVE (Work And Vocational AdvicE) trial (NIHR Health Technology grant)

Teaching

Dr Saunders currently supervises PhD students in the following areas;

 

  • treatment for Tennis Elbow
  • delegation in musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • nd management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in community settings

 

Ben lectures on several degree programmes, including postgraduate modules with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences: ‘Research Methods in Health’ and ‘Assessment and Measurement’. He is also an Associate Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Further information

Academic Lead:

Dr Saunders is the Academic Lead for the Interview-based qualitative research stream of the Methods North West Methods Exchange (‘Methods X’) programme. Methods North West provides a programme of activities for PhD students linked to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) North West Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP). It looks to highlight the depth and breadth of methodological expertise in the social sciences across the NWSSDTP’s partner institutions: the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster and Keele: http://www.methodsnorthwest.ac.uk.

Editorial role:

Dr Saunders is an appointed member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology.

Memberships and Affiliations:

SAPC (Society for Academic Primary Care)

BSA (British Sociological Association)

MEDSOC (British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Study Group)

SBPR (Society for Back Pain Research)

 

Selected Publications

  • Ajbar A, Cross E, Matoi S, Hay CA, Baines LM, Saunders B, Farmer AD, Prior JA. 2022. Diagnostic Delay in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Systematic Review. Dig Dis Sci. link> doi> full text>
  • Bateman M, Saunders B, Littlewood C, Hill JC. 2021. Development of an optimised physiotherapist-led treatment protocol for lateral elbow tendinopathy: a consensus study using an online nominal group technique. BMJ Open, e053841, vol. 11(12). link> doi> full text>
  • Sarigiovannis P, Jowett S, Saunders B, Corp N, Bishop A. 2021. Clinical and cost-effectiveness and perceptions of delegation by Allied Health Professionals to Allied Health Assistants: A mixed methods systematic review. Physiotherapy, e119-e120, vol. 113. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Bateman M, Saunders B, Littlewood C, Davis D, Beckhelling J, Cooper K, Skeggs A, Foster NE, Vicenzino B, Hill JC. 2021. Comparing an optimised physiotherapy treatment package with usual physiotherapy care for people with Tennis Elbow – protocol for the OPTimisE pilot and feasibility randomised controlled trial. Research Square. link> doi> full text>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Myers H, Hall A, Littlewood C, Hennings S, Saunders B, Bucknall M, Jowett S, Riley R, Wathall S, Heneghan C, Cook J, Pincus T, Mallen C, Roddy E, Foster N, Beard D, Lewis J, Rees JL, Higginbottom A, van der Windt D. 2021. Predicting pain and function outcomes in people consulting with shoulder pain: the PANDA-S clinical cohort and qualitative study protocol. BMJ Open, e052758, vol. 11(9). link> doi> full text>

Full Publications Listshow

Journal Articles

  • Ajbar A, Cross E, Matoi S, Hay CA, Baines LM, Saunders B, Farmer AD, Prior JA. 2022. Diagnostic Delay in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Systematic Review. Dig Dis Sci. link> doi> full text>
  • Bateman M, Saunders B, Littlewood C, Hill JC. 2021. Development of an optimised physiotherapist-led treatment protocol for lateral elbow tendinopathy: a consensus study using an online nominal group technique. BMJ Open, e053841, vol. 11(12). link> doi> full text>
  • Sarigiovannis P, Jowett S, Saunders B, Corp N, Bishop A. 2021. Clinical and cost-effectiveness and perceptions of delegation by Allied Health Professionals to Allied Health Assistants: A mixed methods systematic review. Physiotherapy, e119-e120, vol. 113. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Bateman M, Saunders B, Littlewood C, Davis D, Beckhelling J, Cooper K, Skeggs A, Foster NE, Vicenzino B, Hill JC. 2021. Comparing an optimised physiotherapy treatment package with usual physiotherapy care for people with Tennis Elbow – protocol for the OPTimisE pilot and feasibility randomised controlled trial. Research Square. link> doi> full text>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Myers H, Hall A, Littlewood C, Hennings S, Saunders B, Bucknall M, Jowett S, Riley R, Wathall S, Heneghan C, Cook J, Pincus T, Mallen C, Roddy E, Foster N, Beard D, Lewis J, Rees JL, Higginbottom A, van der Windt D. 2021. Predicting pain and function outcomes in people consulting with shoulder pain: the PANDA-S clinical cohort and qualitative study protocol. BMJ Open, e052758, vol. 11(9). link> doi> full text>
  • Sarigiovannis P, Jowett S, Saunders B, Corp N, Bishop A. 2021. Delegation by Allied Health Professionals to Allied Health Assistants: a mixed methods systematic review. Physiotherapy, 16-30, vol. 112. link> doi>
  • Protheroe J, Saunders B, Hill JC, Chudyk A, Foster NE, Bartlam B, Wathall S, Cooper V. 2021. Integrating clinician support with intervention design as part of a programme testing stratified care for musculoskeletal pain in general practice. BMC Fam Pract, 161, vol. 22(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Saunders B, Foster NE, Hill JC, Sowden G, Evans N, Bishop A, Stynes S, Dziedzic K, Campbell L, Rankin G, Salmon P, Wynne-Jones G. 2022. First Contact Practitioners' (FCPs) and General Practitioners' Perceptions Towards FCPs Delivering Vocational Advice to Patients with Musculoskeletal Conditions: A Qualitative Investigation of the Implementation Potential of the I-SWAP Initiative. J Occup Rehabil, 147-155, vol. 32(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Wynne-Jones G, Myers H, Hall A, Littlewood C, Hennings S, Saunders B, Bucknall M, Jowett S, Riley R, Wathall S, Heneghan C, Cook J, Pincus T, Mallen C, Roddy E, Foster NE, Beard D, Lewis J, Rees J, Higginbottom A, Van der Windt DA. 2021. Predicting pain and function outcomes in people consulting with shoulder pain: The PANDA-S clinical cohort and qualitative study protocol (ISRCTN 46948079). doi> full text>
  • Abhayasinghe K, Dissanayake L, Saunders B, Campbell P, Sumathipala A. 2020. Dementia Research Activity in Sri Lanka: A Review. Journal of Neurodegenerative Disorders, vol. 3(1). doi> link> full text>
  • Karstens S, Lang S, Saunders B. 2020. Patients' Views on the Implementation Potential of a Stratified Treatment Approach for Low Back Pain in Germany: A Qualitative Study. Health Serv Insights, 1178632920977894, vol. 13. link> doi> full text>
  • Polidano K, Chew-Graham CA, Farmer AD, Saunders B. 2021. Access to Psychological Support for Young People Following Stoma Surgery: Exploring Patients' and Clinicians' Perspectives. Qual Health Res, 535-549, vol. 31(3). link> doi> full text>
  • Foster NE, Konstantinou K, Lewis M, Ogollah R, Saunders B, Kigozi J, Jowett S, Bartlam B, Artus M, Hill JC, Hughes G, Mallen CD, Hay EM, van der Windt DA, Robinson M, Dunn KM. 2020. Stratified versus usual care for the management of primary care patients with sciatica: the SCOPiC RCT. Health Technol Assess, 1-130, vol. 24(49). link> doi> full text>
  • Saunders B, Konstantinou K, Artus M, Foster NE, Bartlam B. 2020. Patients’ and clinicians’ perspectives on a ‘fast-track’ pathway for patients with sciatica in primary care: qualitative findings from the SCOPiC stratified care trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Article 469, vol. 21(1). doi> full text>
  • Konstantinou K, Lewis M, Dunn KM, Ogollah R, Artus M, Hill JC, Hughes G, Robinson M, Saunders B, Bartlam B, Kigozi J, Jowett S, Mallen CD, Hay EM, van der Windt DA, Foster NE. 2020. Stratified care versus usual care for management of patients presenting with sciatica in primary care (SCOPiC): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet Rheumatol, e401-e411, vol. 2(7). link> doi> full text>
  • Hill J, Garvin S, Chen Y, Cooper V, Wathall S, Bartlam B, Saunders B, Lewis M, Protheroe J, Chudyk A, Birkinshaw H, Dunn KM, Jowett S, Oppong R, Hay E, van der Windt D, Mallen C, Foster NE. 2020. Computer-Based Stratified Primary Care for Musculoskeletal Consultations Compared With Usual Care: Study Protocol for the STarT MSK Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Res Protoc, e17939, vol. 9(7). link> doi> full text>
  • Hill JC, Garvin S, Chen Y, Cooper V, Wathall S, Saunders B, Lewis M, Protheroe J, Chudyk A, Dunn KM, Hay E, van der Windt D, Mallen C, Foster NE. 2020. Stratified primary care versus non-stratified care for musculoskeletal pain: findings from the STarT MSK feasibility and pilot cluster randomized controlled trial. BMC Fam Pract, 30, vol. 21(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Saunders B, Hill JC, Foster NE, Cooper V, Protheroe J, Chudyk A, Chew-Graham C, Bartlam B. 2020. Stratified primary care versus non-stratified care for musculoskeletal pain: qualitative findings from the STarT MSK feasibility and pilot cluster randomized controlled trial. BMC Fam Pract, 31, vol. 21(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Polidano K, Chew-Graham CA, Bartlam B, Farmer AD, Saunders B. 2020. Embracing a 'new normal': the construction of biographical renewal in young adults' narratives of living with a stoma. Sociol Health Illn, 342-358, vol. 42(2). link> doi> full text>
  • Protheroe J, Saunders B, Bartlam B, Dunn KM, Cooper V, Campbell P, Hill JC, Tooth S, Mallen CD, Hay EM, Foster NE. 2019. Matching treatment options for risk sub-groups in musculoskeletal pain: a consensus groups study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 271, vol. 20(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Saunders B, Bartlam B, Artus M, Konstantinou K. 2018. Biographical suspension and liminality of Self in accounts of severe sciatica. Soc Sci Med, 28-36, vol. 218. link> doi> full text>
  • Sim J, Saunders B, Waterfield J, Kingstone T. 2018. Can sample size in qualitative research be determined a priori?. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY, 619-634, vol. 21(5). link> doi> full text>
  • Sim J, Saunders B, Waterfield J, Kingstone T. 2018. The sample size debate: response to Norman Blaikie. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY, 643-646, vol. 21(5). link> doi> full text>
  • Saunders B, Sim J, Kingstone T, Baker S, Waterfield J, Bartlam B, Burroughs H, Jinks C. 2018. Saturation in qualitative research: exploring its conceptualization and operationalization. Qual Quant, 1893-1907, vol. 52(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Foster NE, Konstantinou K, Lewis M, Ogollah R, Dunn KM, van der Windt D, Beardmore R, Artus M, Bartlam B, Hill JC, Jowett S, Kigozi J, Mallen C, Saunders B, Hay EM. 2017. The clinical and cost-effectiveness of stratified care for patients with sciatica: the SCOPiC randomised controlled trial protocol (ISRCTN75449581). BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 172, vol. 18(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Saunders B. 2017. 'It seems like you're going around in circles': recurrent biographical disruption constructed through the past, present and anticipated future in the narratives of young adults with inflammatory bowel disease. Sociol Health Illn, 726-740, vol. 39(5). link> doi> full text>
  • Tshimologo M, Saunders B, Muller S, Mallen CD, Hider SL. 2017. Patients' views on the causes of their polymyalgia rheumatica: a content analysis of data from the PMR Cohort Study. BMJ Open, e014301, vol. 7(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Campbell P, Hill JC, Protheroe J, Afolabi EK, Lewis M, Beardmore R, Hay EM, Mallen CD, Bartlam B, Saunders B, van der Windt DA, Jowett S, Foster NE, Dunn KM. 2016. Keele Aches and Pains Study protocol: validity, acceptability, and feasibility of the Keele STarT MSK tool for subgrouping musculoskeletal patients in primary care. J Pain Res, 807-818, vol. 9. link> doi> full text>
  • Saunders B, Bartlam B, Foster NE, Hill JC, Cooper V, Protheroe J. 2016. General Practitioners' and patients' perceptions towards stratified care: a theory informed investigation. BMC Fam Pract, 125, vol. 17(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Saunders B, Kitzinger J, Kitzinger C. 2015. Anonymising interview data: challenges and compromise in practice. Qual Res, 616-632, vol. 15(5). link> doi> full text>
  • Saunders B, Kitzinger J, Kitzinger C. 2015. Participant Anonymity in the Internet Age: From Theory to Practice. Qual Res Psychol, 125-137, vol. 12(2). link> doi> full text>
  • Saunders B. 2014. Stigma, deviance and morality in young adults' accounts of inflammatory bowel disease. Sociol Health Illn, 1020-1036, vol. 36(7). link> doi>
  • Saunders B. 2011. 'Sometimes you've just got to have fun, haven't you?': The discursive construction of social drinking practices in young adults' accounts of chronic illness. Commun Med, 77-87, vol. 8(1). link> doi>
  • Hill J, Garvin S, Chen Y, Cooper V, Wathall S, Bartlam B, Saunders B, Lewis M, Protheroe J, Chudyk A, Birkinshaw H, Dunn KM, Jowett S, Oppong R, Hay E, van der Windt D, Mallen C, Foster NE. Computer-Based Stratified Primary Care for Musculoskeletal Consultations Compared With Usual Care: Study Protocol for the STarT MSK Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial (Preprint). doi>

Other

  • Polidano K, Chew-Graham CA, Farmer AD, Saunders B. 2019. Identification and management of psychological distress after stoma surgery: a qualitative study of patients and healthcare professionals. JOURNAL OF CROHNS & COLITIS (pp. S272-S273, vol. 13). link> doi>
  • Polidano KP, Farmer ADF, Bartlam BB, Saunders BS. 2018. SUPPORTIVE CARE NEEDS OF YOUNG ADULTS WITH A STOMA: A QUALITATIVE STUDY. JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH (p. A72, vol. 72). link> doi>
  • Abhayasinghe MPKW, Saunders B, Campbell P, Sumathipala A, Training User 01. postgraduate research symposium of Research Institute for Primaty Care & Health Sciences.
  • Protheroe J, Saunders BM, Hill J, Bartlam B, Dunn KM, Foster N. 2016. A CONSENSUS GROUP APPROACH TO AGREEING MATCHED TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN OF PATIENTS STRATIFIED ACCORDING TO PROGNOSTIC RISK. RHEUMATOLOGY (pp. 80-81, vol. 55). link>
  • Tshimologo M, Saunders B, Muller S, Mallen CD, Hider SL. 2016. PATIENT'S VIEWS ON THE CAUSES OF THEIR POLYMYALGIA RHEUMATICA: RESULTS FROM THE PMR COHORT STUDY. RHEUMATOLOGY (pp. 79-80, vol. 55). link> full text>

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