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Dr Anne-Marie Bagnall

About Dr Anne-Marie Bagnall

Anne-Marie is an experienced systematic reviewer and researcher. Her interests lie in using innovative methods of evidence synthesis to determine what works to improve people's health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. She is also an Associate Lecturer for the UK Cochrane Centre Learn & Teach Faculty, and a member of the What Works for Wellbeing Centre's National Methods Advisory Group.

She carries out evidence syntheses, including qualitative synthesis and mixed method systematic reviews, meta-analysis, systematic scoping reviews, and "reviews of reviews", as well as primary research using both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis, and social return on investment analysis.

With a strong background in Cochrane and NIHR Centre for Reviews and Dissemination systematic review methodology, Anne-Marie delivers training to internal and external learners on how to use and produce systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Over the last few years, Anne-Marie's research has focused on evaluations and evidence syntheses of interventions that may reduce health inequalities, for example a NIHR-funded systematic review of peer interventions in prison settings, a systematic scoping review and case studies to inform the NICE Community Engagement guidance update (due in 2016), and a systematic scoping review of proposed explanation for excess mortality for NHS Health Scotland. She worked with Professor Jane South to produce a review of reviews to underpin the Public Health England/ NHSE 2015 report "Community-centred approaches to public health" and is a member of the Communities evidence synthesis programme for the What Works Centre for Wellbeing.

Current Teaching

Supervision of taught Masters students, one day workshop on systematic reviews for external candidates, systematic reviews session on Research Training Programme for PhD students.

Workshops for the UK Cochrane Centre.

Research Interests

Anne-Marie recently led a team of researchers, working in collaboration with a team led by Professor Angela Harden at the Institute for Health and Human Development, University of East London, to provide two systematic reviews and a primary research report to inform the National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) update of their guidance on Community Engagement. The work comprised a systematic scoping review of current and emerging UK policy and practice in community engagement, a systematic review of barriers and facilitators to community engagement in the UK, and a report of current and emerging UK practice using qualitative evidence from six case studies. The guidance and supporting documents, including these three reports, have been out for public consultation, and NICE expect to publish the final guidance document in March 2016. The work has a strong focus on health inequalities and highlights examples of good practice in community engagement in the UK. It is expected to have a positive impact on the way commissioners and the public health workforce engage and work with communities to empower them to improve their health and wellbeing.

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