Dr Benjamin Saunders

Title: Research Associate: Health Services Research
Phone: +44(0)1782 734880
Email: b.saunders@keele.ac.uk
Location: DJW 1.51
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I joined the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences in June 2014, having previously held a research post in the Department of Sociology at the University of York, where I worked as part of the interdisciplinary York-Cardiff Chronic Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre on projects concerned with serious brain injury, 'best interests', and end-of-life decision making. Prior to this, I completed my PhD at Cardiff University in 2012 investigating young adults’ experiences of living with long-term conditions, focusing on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Type 1 Diabetes.

My current role is as a qualitative social science Research Associate on the Stratified Primary Care Programme. I am part of a team working on the 5-year STarT MSK study, which is developing and testing a new stratified care intervention for treating the most common MSK conditions in primary care. I am also working on SCOPiC (SCiatica Outcomes in Primary Care), testing stratified care for patients with sciatica and suspected sciatica, and PANDA-S (Prognostic AND Diagnostic Assessment of Shoulder Pain). 

Tshimologo, M., Saunders, B., Muller, S., Mallen, CD. and Hider, SL. (in press). Patients’ views on the causes of their polymyalgia rheumatica: a content analysis of data from the PMR Cohort Study. BMJ Open.

Saunders, B., Sim, J., Kingstone, T., Baker, S., Waterfield, J., Bartlam, B., Burroughs, H. and Jinks, C. (under review). Saturation in qualitative research: what, where, why, when, and how?. Qualitative Research.

Campbell P., Hill JC., Protheroe J., Afolabi E., Lewis M., Beardmore, R., Hay, EM., Mallen, CD., Bartlam, B., Saunders, B., van der Windt, DA., Jowett, S., Foster, NE. and 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. Journal of Pain Research, 9: 807–818.

Saunders, B., Bartlam, B., Foster, NE., Hill, JC., Cooper, V. and Protheroe, J. General Practitioners’ and patients’ perceptions towards stratified care: a theory informed investigation. BMC Family Practice, 17 (125).

Saunders, B., Kitzinger, J. and Kitzinger, C. (2015). Anonymising Interview Data: Challenges and Compromise in Practice. Qualitative Research, 15 (5): 616-632.

Saunders, B., Kitzinger, J. and Kitzinger, C. (2015). Participant Anonymity in the Internet Age: From Theory to Practice. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12 (2): 125–137.

Saunders, B. (2014). Stigma, Deviance and Morality in Young Adults’ Accounts of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Sociology of Health and Illness, 36 (7). 1020–1036.

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. Communication and Medicine, 8 (1): 77–89.

Selected Publications

  • Sim J, Saunders B, Waterfield J, Kingstone T. 2018. Can sample size in qualitative research be determined a priori?. International Journal of Social Research Methodolology. 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. doi> link> 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, vol. 52(4), 1893-1907. 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. The clinical and cost-effectiveness of stratified care for patients with sciatica: the SCOPiC randomised controlled trial protocol (ISRCTN75449581). BMC Musculoskelet Disord, vol. 18(1), 172. link> doi> full text>
  • Saunders B. '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, vol. 39(5), 726-740. link> doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Sim J, Saunders B, Waterfield J, Kingstone T. 2018. Can sample size in qualitative research be determined a priori?. International Journal of Social Research Methodolology. 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. doi> link> 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, vol. 52(4), 1893-1907. 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. The clinical and cost-effectiveness of stratified care for patients with sciatica: the SCOPiC randomised controlled trial protocol (ISRCTN75449581). BMC Musculoskelet Disord, vol. 18(1), 172. link> doi> full text>
  • Saunders B. '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, vol. 39(5), 726-740. link> doi>
  • Tshimologo M, Saunders B, Muller S, Mallen CD, Hider SL. Patients' views on the causes of their polymyalgia rheumatica: a content analysis of data from the PMR Cohort Study. BMJ Open, vol. 7(1), e014301. 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, vol. 9, 807-818. link> doi> full text>
  • Saunders B, Bartlam B, Foster NE, Hill JC, Cooper V, Protheroe J. General Practitioners' and patients' perceptions towards stratified care: a theory informed investigation. BMC Fam Pract, vol. 17(1), 125. link> doi> full text>
  • Saunders B, Kitzinger J, Kitzinger C. 2015. Anonymising interview data: challenges and compromise in practice. Qual Res, vol. 15(5), 616-632. link> doi> full text>
  • Saunders B, Kitzinger J, Kitzinger C. 2015. Participant Anonymity in the Internet Age: From Theory to Practice. Qual Res Psychol, vol. 12(2), 125-137. link> doi> full text>
  • Saunders B. 2014. Stigma, deviance and morality in young adults' accounts of inflammatory bowel disease. SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS, vol. 36(7), 1020-1036. link> doi>

Other

  • 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 (vol. 55, pp. 80-81). 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 (vol. 55, pp. 79-80). link>
  • Abhayasinghe MPKW, Saunders B, Campbell P, Sumathipala A, Training User 01. postgraduate research symposium of Research Institute for Primaty Care & Health Sciences.

I currently supervise PhD students in the areas of stratified care, dementia caregiving, and young people’s experiences of stoma care. I also contribute to teaching on the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Research Methods module, and the Measurement and Assessment in Pain module (School of Health and Rehabilitation).

  • HEA (Higher Education Academy) Associate Fellow
  • Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Ambassador for the Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, Keele University.
  • Member of College of Reviewers for the International Journal of Social Research Methodology

Memberships:

  • SAPC (Society for Academic Primary Care)
  • BSA (British Sociological Association)
  • British Medical Sociology Group (MEDSOC).