Dr Caroline Potter
BSc MPhil DPhil
Senior Research Fellow
Caroline Potter is a medical anthropologist with expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods health research. Her work on chronic long-term conditions (e.g. obesity, dementia, multi-morbidity) explores practices of care and provision of health services, at both personal and population levels. In her current fellowship project Caroline aims to identify the health outcomes that matter most to people living with multiple long-term conditions, and to determine how new initiatives for ‘integrated care’ (e.g. social prescribing, primary care networks in the NHS Long Term Plan) can be evaluated using these patient-centred outcomes.
Caroline joined the Health Services Research Unit at NDPH in 2014, working within a multidisciplinary team to develop the Long-Term Conditions Questionnaire. LTCQ is a new patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) for ‘living well with long-term health conditions’. Caroline led the analysis for validating LTCQ amongst a diverse group of primary care and social care users (Potter et al. 2017, BMJ Open). More recently she led the validation of LTCQ for use in memory clinics, and the development of LTCQ-Carer for monitoring quality of life in informal (family) carers.
Prior to joining NDPH Caroline was a lecturer in Oxford’s Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. She has supervised more than 30 undergraduate, masters and doctoral students to successful completion. She served from 2008 as Deputy Director of a multidisciplinary research unit (www.oxfordobesity.org), and she continues to engage in cross-disciplinary collaboration within NDPH and beyond. Caroline volunteers as an elected member of her local council and is committed to public engagement in research.
How active can preschoolers be at home? Parents' and grandparents' perceptions of children's day-to-day activity, with implications for physical activity policy
Parrish S. et al, (2022), Social Science & Medicine, 292, 114557 - 114557
Use of the Long-Term Conditions Questionnaire (LTCQ) for monitoring health-related quality of life in people affected by cognitive impairment including dementia: pilot study in UK memory clinic services
POTTER C. et al, (2021), Quality of Life Research
Rasch analysis of the long-term conditions questionnaire (LTCQ) and development of a short-form (LTCQ-8).
Batchelder L. et al, (2020), Health Qual Life Outcomes, 18
Estimating EQ-5D utilities based on the Short-Form Long Term Conditions Questionnaire (LTCQ-8).
Tsiachristas A. et al, (2020), Health Qual Life Outcomes, 18
Using an implementation science approach to implement and evaluate patient‑reported outcome measures (PROM) initiatives in routine care settings
POTTER C. et al, (2020), Quality of Life Research