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Dr Lucy Frith PhD

Reader in Bioethics and Social Science Health Services Research


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 carried out research on pregnancy and childbirth; reproductive technologies (gamete and embryo donation); research ethics (clinical trials and public involvement and cross-cultural issues in consent); and the use of evidence in practice and policy. I have held visiting fellowships at the Hastings Center, the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Science and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge and the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law at the University of Hong Kong.

Research Grants
  • Understanding the extent of and limitations to conscientious objection by health care practitioners to abortion
  • Ethics in global mental health research: enhancing theory, policy, and practice.
  • Global Perspectives on Governing Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  • Developing and evaluating an economic and ethico-legal framework for priority setting in health and social care
  • Facilitate public led research into inequalities in mental health care
  • From evidence to guidance on patient recruitment to clinical research in intensive care units.
  • Medicine, Markets and Morals: an inter-disciplinary research network on health and social care prioritisation
  • Debt Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: an Adaptive Randomised Controlled Trial (DeCoDer)
  • Global Perspectives on the Regulation of Reproductive Technologies and Genetics
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