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Prof Elizabeth Murray
Appointment
  • Professor of e-Health and Primary Care
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

Elizabeth Murray is a GP, Professor of eHealth and Primary Care, Co-Director of the eHealth Unit and Head of the Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health at University College London, UK.


Her interest in digital health started in the 1990’s when she undertook two randomised controlled trials in primary care determining the effects of computerised decision aids on patient treatment choices for Hormone Replacement Therapy (menopausal women) and Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (men). In 2001 she was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy from the Commonwealth Fund and spent a year at the University of California San Francisco studying the effects of the internet on the doctor-patient relationship. On her return she was awarded a Department of Health Career Scientist Award (2002 – 07).  She set up the UCL eHealth Unit in 2003, which grew which grew rapidly to be one of the largest, most-respected multi-disciplinary research groups in the field of eHealth in the UK. 


She has held a Visiting Fellowship at the Department of General Practice in the University of Melbourne, Australia since 2012, and was appointed as Head of the Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health in October 2015.  Her grant income for the past 5 years is over £16 million, and she has over 160 publications.  She has set up and is Managing Director of a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, HeLP Digital, which exists to disseminate evidence-based digital health interventions developed at UCL across the NHS and internationally. 


Prior to focusing on eHealth, Elizabeth had a strong interest in medical education. She joined UCL in 1991 first as a lecturer, and from 1996 as a senior lecturer, with the remit of developing and evaluating an innovative course teaching general internal medicine to first year clinical students. This was one of the first of such courses, and her work determining the feasibility, acceptability and effects of such teaching laid the empirical foundation for the adoption of community-based teaching of a wide range of subjects including general internal medicine, paediatrics, women’s health, psychiatry and care of the older person in large numbers of medical schools across the UK.

Research Groups
Research Themes
Research Summary

Elizabeth’s research focuses on the use of digital health to improve health and health care, and in particular, on the development, evaluation and implementation of digital health interventions (DHI).  DHI are interventions which deliver treatments or support to patients, and can make a major contribution to health care’s “triple aim” of better health care, improved health outcomes, and less expenditure.  Her methodological expertise extends across the whole cycle of development through to implementation into routine care.  She works closely with colleagues from Human Computer Interaction and Computer Science, combining HCI methods with biomedical and health service research methods to develop theoretically informed, evidence based DHI which are highly acceptable to patients and clinicians, and can be evaluated using standard randomised controlled trial methods.  She is committed to ensuring her research has impact, and is active in implementation research, exploring how best to implement digital health into routine health care. 


Current research projects include leading the evaluation of the NHS England Digital Diabetes Prevention Programme; a MacMillan funded project to develop a digital toolkit for patients with OG cancer (Swallow); a trial of a digital health intervention to deliver behavioural therapy to children and young people with Tourette’s syndrome; and a trial and parallel implementation study of an online toolkit for relatives of people with psychosis (REACT and IMPART).

Teaching Summary
Elizabeth teaches on the MBBS primary care course, supervises M.Sc students, Academic Clinical Fellows and PhD students. She also teaches complex intervention methods, digital health methods and implementation science on various national and international short courses.
Academic Background
  FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
2001 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Medical Education Universiteit Maastricht
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