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Ann Caress joined the University of Huddersfield in 2018, taking on the role of Professor of Health Services Research.

Graduating from the University of Manchester in 1986, Ann went on to work as a Research Associate in the renal field, sparking an enduring interest in long-term conditions, health information, patient education and service user involvement in healthcare. 

After undertaking her doctoral studies at the University of Liverpool (PhD awarded 1996), she returned to the University of Manchester as a lecturer, becoming a Professor in 2009.

Ann has held two NHS joint appointments, at the Christie Hospital NHS Foundation (2001-2003) and Manchester University NHSFT (formerly UHSM) from 2010-2018.

Ann Caress is extremely active in promoting research nationally and internationally, and has collaborated with colleagues from such countries as Denmark, Hong Kong and Canada.


Research Expertise and Interests

Ann's primary research interests relate to living with and management of long-term health problems, primarily in adults and particularly in the renal and respiratory fields. She has particular interests in self-management, patient and carer experience and novel approaches to service delivery. Another strand of her research relates to patient and public involvement in service delivery and research. 



  • Long Term Conditions
  • Treatment Decision-Making
  • Service User Participation
  • Health Information
  • Patient Education
  • Health Service Research
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Survey Methods
  • Novel Scaling Approaches
  • Thurstone Scaling
  • Coombs Unfolding Theory
  • Conjoint Analysis Technique
  • Multi-Method Research

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Research Output 2000 2018

Adolescents’ Experiences of Living with Sickle Cell Disease: An Integrative Narrative Review of the Literature

Caress, A-L., Poku, B. A. & Kirk, S., 1 Apr 2018, In : International Journal of Nursing Studies. 80, p. 20-28 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Sickle Cell Anemia
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Adult Patients' Experiences of Symptom Management During Pulmonary Exacerbation in Cystic Fibrosis: A Thematic Synthesis of Qualitative Research

Schmid-Mohler, G., Yorke, J., Spirig, R., Benden, C. & Caress, A. L., 9 May 2018, In : Chronic Illness.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Qualitative Research
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An Inhaler Tracking System Based on Acoustic Analysis: Hardware and Software

Xie, W., Gaydecki, P. & Caress, A., 3 Dec 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Patient-Reported Outcome Measures for Symptom Perception During a Cystic Fibrosis Exacerbation

Schmid-Mohler, G., Caress, A. L., Spirig, R., Benden, C. & Yorke, J., 1 Mar 2018, In : Respiratory Care. 63, 3, p. 353-366 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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Randomised feasibility study to compare the use of Therabite® with wooden spatulas to relieve and prevent trismus in patients with cancer of the head and neck

Lee, R., Yeo, S. T., Rogers, S. N., Caress, A. L., Molassiotis, A., Ryder, D., Sanghera, P., Lunt, C., Scott, B., Keeley, P., Edwards, R. T. & Slevin, N., May 2018, In : British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 56, 4, p. 283-291 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Quality of Life
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