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 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)

The SCOPiC trial (SCiatica Outcomes in Primary Care) (NIHR Health Technology Assessment grant)

I-SWAP (Implementation of learning from the Study of Work and Pain) (Work and Health Unit Challenge Fund)

Teaching

Dr Saunders currently supervises three PhD students and one MPhil student in the following areas; 

  • primary care management of older adults with musculoskeletal pain
  • informal caregiving for people with dementia
  • psychological care and support for young adults living with a stoma as a result of IBD
  • diagnostic delay in IBD.

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

  • 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, vol. 20(1), 271. 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, vol. 218, 28-36. 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 (vol. 72, p. A72). link> doi>
  • 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, vol. 21(5), 619-634. 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, vol. 21(5), 643-646. link> doi> full text>

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Journal Articles

  • 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, vol. 20(1), 271. 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, vol. 218, 28-36. link> doi>
  • 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, vol. 21(5), 619-634. 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, vol. 21(5), 643-646. 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, 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. 2017. 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. 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, vol. 39(5), 726-740. link> doi>
  • 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, 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. 2016. 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. Sociol Health Illn, vol. 36(7), 1020-1036. 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, vol. 8(1), 77-87. link> doi>

Other

  • 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 (vol. 72, p. A72). link> doi>
  • 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.