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Dr Lucy Frith PhD

Reader in Bioethics and Social Science Law

Research

Research Overview

Bioethics and Social Science
My research sits at the interface of bioethics, medical sociology and health services research and focuses on improving health-care decision-making and policy with a particular interest in combining empirical methods with ethical analysis. I have an expertise in empirical ethics, qualitative research methods and public patient involvement in research, service design and health policy.

I have published widely on a range of issues in bioethics and carried out research on pregnancy and childbirth; research ethics (clinical trials and public involvement and cross-cultural issues in consent); the organisation and funding of health care provision (priority setting); and the use of evidence in practice and policy and has a long-standing interest in the social and ethical aspects of reproductive technologies, particularly gamete and embryo donation. I am the Strategic Lead for Public Involvement in the North West NIHR Research Design Service and Public and Community Involvement, Engagement and Participation (P&CIEP) Lead for the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration for the North West Coast (ARC NWC).

Bioethics and Social Science

My research sits at the interface of bioethics, medical sociology and health services research and focuses on improving health-care decision-making and policy with a particular interest in combining empirical methods with ethical analysis. I have an expertise in empirical ethics, qualitative research methods and public patient involvement in research, service design and health policy.

I have published widely on a range of issues in bioethics and carried out research on pregnancy and childbirth; research ethics (clinical trials and public involvement and cross-cultural issues in consent); the organisation and funding of health care provision (priority setting); and the use of evidence in practice and policy and has a long-standing interest in the social and ethical aspects of reproductive technologies. She is Strategic Lead for Public Involvement in the North West NIHR Research Design Service and Public and Community Involvement, Engagement and Participation (P&CIEP) Lead for the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration for the North West Coast (ARC NWC).




Research Grants

When pandemic and everyday ethics collide: supporting ethical decision-making in non-Covid-19 healthcare delivery during the pandemic

UK RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (UKRI) (UK)

July 2020 - September 2021

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North West Coast

LCCG - LIVERPOOL CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP (UK)

October 2019 - September 2024

Understanding the extent of and limitations to conscientious objection by health care practitioners to abortion

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ESRC)

September 2018 - August 2020

Ethics in global mental health research: enhancing theory, policy, and practice.

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ESRC)

October 2018 - September 2019

Global Perspectives on Governing Assisted Reproductive Technologies

WELLCOME TRUST (UK)

January 2019 - April 2021

Developing and evaluating an economic and ethico-legal framework for priority setting in health and social care

CHIEF SCIENTIST OFFICE SCOTLAND (UK)

May 2017 - March 2022

Facilitate public led research into inequalities in mental health care

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE (UK) (DOH/DHSC/NIHR)

November 2016 - June 2021

From evidence to guidance on patient recruitment to clinical research in intensive care units.

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ESRC)

September 2016 - May 2020

Medicine, Markets and Morals: an inter-disciplinary research network on health and social care prioritisation

ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC)

June 2015 - May 2016

Debt Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: an Adaptive Randomised Controlled Trial (DeCoDer)

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE (UK) (DOH/DHSC/NIHR)

March 2014 - November 2017

Global Perspectives on the Regulation of Reproductive Technologies and Genetics

WELLCOME TRUST (UK)

January 2015 - February 2015

Research Collaborations

Professor Rachel Baker

External: Glasgow Caledonia University

Research on priority setting

Professor Soo Downe

External: University of Central Lancashire

Working on an EU COST Action