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)
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).
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.
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)
Full Publications List show
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>2016.
PATIENT'S VIEWS ON THE CAUSES OF THEIR POLYMYALGIA RHEUMATICA: RESULTS FROM THE PMR COHORT STUDY. RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 55, pp. 79-80). link>2016.
postgraduate research symposium of Research Institute for Primaty Care & Health Sciences.