Dr Trish Holch
About Dr Trish Holch
Trish joined as a Senior lecturer in Psychology in 2016. Previously a Research fellow in the Patient Reported Outcomes Group at the University of Leeds and St James’s institute of Oncology Trish will continue with an honorary research position there.
Trish’s interests include symptom/adverse event/toxicity monitoring and assessment of quality of life (QOL) in cancer patients including the detection and management of emotional distress and sexual dysfunction in routine clinical practice. Initially funded by the NCRI Compass Collaborative she developed guidelines for oncologists to manage emotional distress in clinics and has explored health professionals’ attitudes to the use of antidepressants in clinical care. To facilitate behaviour change in clinicians Trish was involved in a training programme for Doctors to interpret and incorporate patient reported quality of life (QOL) data into routine consultations. More recently she has completed a systematic review to aid the selection of measures to report adverse events in radical prostate patients in the eRAPID radiotherapy project. She has also worked with staff and patients and used the cognitive interview process and consensus methodology (Delphi) to explore and enable the selection and understanding of questionnaire items.
- Health Psychology
- Research methods
- Behavioural Neuroscience
Trish’s interests are primarily around developing health interventions to support (electronic) capture of patient reported outcome (PROM) data during and beyond treatment aiming to improve the timely detection of treatment related adverse events and the detection and management of symptoms and side effects including emotional distress and sexual dysfunction. It is envisaged that electronic symptom reporting will improve the self-management and confidence of patients and clinician-patient decision making and communication.
She currently collaborates with colleagues at the University of Leeds Patient Reported Outcomes Group on the National Institute of Health Research funded eRAPID (Electronic patient self-Reporting of Adverse-events: Patient Information and aDvice) Radiotherapy project. She is a current co-applicant on the Yorkshire Cancer Research Funded LiLAC (life after lung cancer project) which uses PROMs to enable comparison of two types of treatment for early stage lung cancer. She is also a co-applicant on a Teenage Cancer Trust funded project developing a new model of emotional distress detection and management in teenagers and young adults (TYA) with cancer. She also works closely with clinical colleagues in the Radiotherapy department at St James’s Institute of Oncology to improve service delivery by developing innovative models of follow up. Trish is a member of the ISOQOl (International Society for Quality of Life Research) Best Practices for PROs (Patient Reported Outcomes) - Reporting Taskforce.