Biography

Linda joined University of East Anglia in 2007. Since September 2014 she has worked within the School of Health Sciences as a Senior Research Associate on an ESRC/NIHR funded project exploring ways of Promoting Independence in Dementia (The PRIDE study).

Prior to working in academia Linda qualified as a general nurse at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in 1984. Following a career change she worked for 12 years in Further Education delivering health and social care training. During this period she achieved a BSc (Hons) Health Studies from Anglia Ruskin and an MSc in Health Sciences from UEA.   

Linda gained her PhD at UEA in 2010. Her thesis investigated the roles, obligations and cultural expectations experienced by working age men who were combining paid employment with unpaid informal care.  Since achieving her doctorate she has worked as a researcher on a variety of studies at UEA and at University of Cambridge.

Her research interests include: the experience of living with chronic illness, including the impact of biographical disruption; the competing responsibilities of informal caregiving; public attitudes and beliefs about cancer screening and help-seeking for cancer symptoms.

Although her research predominantly uses  qualitative methods she has an interest in how qualitative methods might interface with quantitative methods to provide a holistic understanding of the patient experience.

All Publications

Birt, L., di Lorito, C., Waite, J., Higgs, P., Poland, F., Leung, P., Charlesworth, G.

(2017)

People with dementia doing research: the challenges for participation and collaboration,

in BMJ Open

2

(Suppl 2)

Full Text

(Abstract)

(Published)


Birt, L., Poland, F., Csipke, E., Charlesworth, G.

(2017)

Shifting dementia discourses from deficit to active citizenship,

in Sociology of Health & Illness

39

(2)

pp. 199–211

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Di Lorito, C., Birt, L., Poland, F., Csipke, E., Gove, D., Diaz-Ponce, A., Orrell, M.

(2017)

A synthesis of the evidence on peer research with potentially vulnerable adults: how this relates to dementia,

in International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

32

(1)

pp. 58-67

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hall, N., Birt, L., Rees, C. J., Walter, F. M., Elliot, S., Ritchie, M., Weller, D., Rubin, G.

(2016)

Concerns, perceived need and competing priorities: A qualitative exploration of decision-making and non-participation in a population-based flexible sigmoidoscopy screening programme to prevent colorectal cancer,

in BMJ Open

6

(11)

article no. e012304

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Birt, L., Scott, S., Cavers, D., Campbell, C., Walter, F.

(2016)

Member Checking: A Tool to Enhance Trustworthiness or Merely a Nod to Validation?,

in Qualitative Health Research

26

(13)

pp. 1802-1811

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Poland, F., Birt, L.

(2016)

The agentic person: shifting the focus of care,

in Aging & Mental Health

20

(8)

pp. 771-772

Full Text

(Editorial)

(Published)


Hall, N., Birt, L., Banks, J., Emery, J., Mills, K., Johnson, M., Rubin, G. P., Hamilton, W., Walter, F. M.

(2015)

Symptom appraisal and healthcare-seeking for symptoms suggestive of colorectal cancer: a qualitative study,

in BMJ Open

5

(10)

article no. e008448

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Sands, G., Kelly, D., Fletcher-Smith, J., Birt, L., Sackley, C.

(2015)

An occupational therapy intervention for residents with stroke living in care homes in the United Kingdom: A content analysis of occupational therapy records from the OTCH trial,

in British Journal of Occupational Therapy

78

(7)

pp. 422-430

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Scott, S. E., Birt, L., Cavers, D., Shah, N., Campbell, C., Walter, F. M.

(2015)

Patient drawings of their melanoma: A novel approach to understanding' symptom perception and appraisal prior to healthcare consultation,

in Psychology and Health

30

(9)

pp. 1035-1048

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


McArthur, M. A., Birt, L., Goodacre, L.

(2015)

"Better but not best": a qualitative exploration of the experiences of occupational gain for people with inflammatory arthritis receiving anti-TNFα treatment,

in Disability and Rehabilitation

37

(10)

pp. 854-863

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Birt, L., Hall, N., Emery, J., Banks, J., Mills, K., Johnson, M., Hamilton, W., Walter, F. M.

(2014)

Responding to symptoms suggestive of lung cancer: a qualitative interview study,

in BMJ Open Respiratory Research

1

(1)

article no. e000067

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mills, K., Emery, J., Cheung, C., Hall, N., Birt, L., Walter, F. M.

(2014)

A qualitative exploration of the use of calendar landmarking instruments in cancer symptom research,

in BMC Family Practice

15

(1)

article no. 167

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Birt, L., Emery, J. D., Prevost, A. T., Sutton, S., Walter, F. M.

(2014)

Psychological impact of family history risk assessment in primary care: a mixed methods study,

in Family Practice

31

(4)

pp. 409-18

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(Article)

(Published)


Walter, F. M., Birt, L., Cavers, D., Scott, S., Emery, J., Burrows, N., Cavanagh, G., MacKie, R., Weller, D., Campbell, C.

(2014)

'This isn't what mine looked like': a qualitative study of symptom appraisal and help seeking in people recently diagnosed with melanoma,

in BMJ Open

4

(7)

article no. e005566

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Birt, L., Pfeil, M., Macgregor, A., Armon, K., Poland, F.

(2014)

Adherence to Home Physiotherapy Treatment in Children and Young People with Joint Hypermobility: A Qualitative Report of Family Perspectives on Acceptability and Efficacy,

in Musculoskeletal Care

12

(1)

pp. 56-61

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(Article)

(Published)


Walter, F. M., Prevost, A. T., Birt, L., Grehan, N., Restarick, K., Morris, H. C., Sutton, S., Rose, P., Downing, S., Emery, J. D.

(2013)

Development and evaluation of a brief self-completed family history screening tool for common chronic disease prevention in primary care,

in British Journal of General Practice

63

(611)

pp. e393-400

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Birt, L., Mcarthur, M., Poland, F.

(2009)

Good mates, bloody good mates: Enhancing male carers wellbeing through alternative support networks,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Mcarthur, M., Birt, L., Harrison, D., Killett, A.

(2008)

It's not something you are going to talk about with your mates in the pub: Perceptions of a community mental health service,

(Poster)

(Published)


Teaching Interests

Linda is an associate tutor on the Occupational Therapy degree programme

Professional Activities

Linda is a member of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Ethics Committee