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Samantha Lyle


Researcher

I am a social researcher specialising in qualitative methodologies including longitudinal in-depth and semi structured interviews, observations, focus groups and document analysis. I have an academic background in the social sciences and bring a sociological perspective enabling our work at the Centre for Rehabilitation Research in Oxford (RRIO) to be interdisciplinary in nature.

My doctoral work at the University of Warwick focused on social class, class mobility and the ways in which these intersect with ethnicity, gender, disability, age in significant ways for individuals traversing social organisations such as the education system and the graduate labour market.

Current projects I am currently working on a number of studies all of which focus on the experiences of older patients and are aligned with the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC) Oxford. These include the Dementia and Physical Activity (DAPA) trial, which aims to establish whether exercise is effective in treating against functional and cognitive decline in community dwelling adults with mild to moderate dementia. It is a randomised controlled trial comparing an additional structured exercise regimen to best usual care. My role is to observe the exercise class, interview participants and their care givers to better understand their experiences of living with dementia, taking part in the trial and their experiences of accessing exercise in the community. I will be carrying out the qualitative arm of the Better Outcomes for Older People (BOOST) programme grant with Professor Frances Griffiths for which we will carry out longitudinal qualitative research capturing trial participant’s experiences of the trial, ageing, exercise and living with the symptoms of spinal stenosis and neurogenic claudication.  I am also part of the Oxford CLAHRC working group.

Although without a clinical background I engage with the Critical Physiotherapy movement to better understand how and why Physiotherapists do what they do so that we can continue to improve NHS based physiotherapy treatments for patients. I am interested in supervising doctoral candidates who have a focus on critical physiotherapy, gender, social class and patient experiences using qualitative methodologies. I am a member of the British Sociological Association (BSA)

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