Dr Ana Manzano
Lecturer in Health & Social Policy
Having worked in acute healthcare settings for a decade, I became interested in the relationship between research methods, evidence and policy making in health and social policy.
I am now a social research methodologist with an expertise in applied health research. My specialist area is the evaluation of complex applied healthcare interventions using mixed-methods and the realist evaluation approach (Pawson & Tilley, 1997).
My research work has involved applying a range of social research methods to evaluate applied healthcare interventions. I collaborate with health professionals, other social scientists and health service researchers to develop evaluations of complex interventions using qualitative and mixed-methods approaches.
Some of my current research interests are:
- Evaluation theory and methodology (realist evaluation and realist synthesis).
- Evaluation of complex systems, specifically health and social programmes in acute and primary care.
- Decision-making in healthcare
- Multiple sclerosis
- Deceased organ donation and organ trafficking
- Health crime
- Sociology of health & illness
Current and recent research
CRIMSON: Considering Risk and benefits In Multiple Sclerosis treatment selectiON- MS Society, 2016-2018. Principal Investigator.
RAMESES II: Realising the potential of realist research for improving the delivery of health services. NIHR- HS&DR- Follow-on-Study, 2015-2017. Co-investigator.
Realist evaluation of community health worker schemes in Nigeria. Medical Research Council, 2015-2020. Co-investigator.
Learning disabilities user led quality measures/matrix. NHS England, 2014-2016. Co-investigator.
Crisis and enhanced liaison service: Evaluation support for the implementation of the RAID (Rapid Assessment Interface and Discharge) model for mental health emergency admissions in Harrogate- with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust- Care- Connect Knowledge Exchange Scheme, 2014. Principal Investigator.
Presumed consent or informed consent? A comparative study of organ donation systems in Spain and the UK- World Universities Network, International Partnership Fund, 2011-2012- Principal Investigator.
Organ donation international public engagement- Higher Education Innovation Fund, 2012- Principal Investigator.
My research-led teaching includes health and social policy, the sociology of health and illness and social research methods.
I am the module leader for Sociology of Health & Illness (Level 2), I also co-lead the MA module Evaluation Research.
I guest lecture on several undergraduate and postgraduate modules on the following topics: Health Crime; Organ Trafficking; Class and Health; Death, Dying and Donation; Mixed Methods Research Design, Health in the City.
I am the Industry Year Academic Coordinator for the School of Sociology and Social Policy.
I interested in supervising PhDs using realist evaluation methodology in applied healthcare or social policy; and also PhDs in the following substantive areas: organ donation for transplantation; organ trafficking; health crime; transnational healthcare; multiple sclerosis.
I currently supervise theses on health inequalities and disabilities, and non-binary gender identity negotiation and medical practice.
‘Exploring complex causal pathways between urban renewal, health and health inequality using a theory-driven realist approach’, Social Science and Medicine, 124 (2015), 266-274,
DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.11.050, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/83101/
‘Evaluating the process for deceased organ donation: a programme theory approach’, Journal of Health Organization and Management, 28.3 (2014), 366-385,
DOI: 10.1108/JHOM-07-2012-013, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/81208/
‘A Realist Diagnostic Workshop’, Evaluation: international journal of theory, research and practice, 18.2 (2012), 176-191,
‘A realistic evaluation of fines for hospital discharges: Incorporating the history of programme evaluations in the analysis’, Evaluation, 17.1 (2011), 21-36,
DOI: 10.1177/1356389010389913, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/77345/
‘From “bed-blocking” to delayed discharges. Precursors and interpretations of a contested concept’, Health Services Management Research Journal, 23.3 (2010), 121-127,
DOI: 10.1258/hsmr.2009.009026, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/77346/
‘Disentangling the impact of multiple innovations to reduce delayed hospital discharges’, Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 15.1 (2010), 41-46,
DOI: 10.1258/jhsrp.2009.009049, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/77333/