Using Sociology To Help Prevent Cardiovascular Disease, March 2012, Birmingham

Using sociology to help prevent cardiovascular disease

28 March 2012, University of Birmingham

Preventing cardiovascular disease has become a major public health priority, with initiatives in place such as offering smoking cessation and ‘health checks for all those over 40 in primary care, and monitoring risk factors in this population.

What role can sociological research play in improving the quality and effectiveness of such preventative services?

Dissemination event for academics, policy makers, commissioners, practitioners and patients

29 March 2012, University of Birmingham

Specialist workshop for researchers in the field to discuss methodological issues in sociological research into CVD prevention


Dissemination Event (28th March):
Proposals are invited for oral or poster presentations from researchers and practitioners working in this field including, but not limited to, the following areas:

Original Research:
•  The values and perceived roles of primary and secondary care practitioners (e.g. GPs,nurses, health care assistants, pharmacists, health trainers) in relation to CVD prevention;
•  Understanding ‘lay’ attitudes to and experience of risk assessment, lifestyle advice, and prophylactic medication;
•  Exploring different health care spaces where primary or secondary prevention takes place (e.g. opportunistic or systematic screening; local organisational logics);
•  The medium and long-term issues of preventive medicine use (responses to side effects; media stories; medicines review, long term compliance with treatment).
•  Using sociological research in practice to prevent cardiovascular disease – case studies from practice and policy;
•  Different professional perspectives on social aspects of CVD prevention;
•  Evaluation of interventions to prevent CVD that incorporate social scientific analysis, including effects on tackling health inequalities.

Methodology Workshop (29th March):
Proposals are invited for participation in a roundtable discussion on methodological issues including:
Mixed methods; Interdisciplinary research; Patient and Public Involvement; Engaging stakeholders from all parts of society in research; Getting and analysing interview data; Focus groups; Ethnography; Addressing diversity.

Organising committee:
Dr Nicola Gale & Dr Tom Marshall, University of Birmingham;
Dr Catherine Will, University of Sussex;
Dr Kate Weiner, University of Manchester;
Dr Kate Hill & Dr Claudia Bara, University of Leeds.

All abstracts will be independently peer-reviewed by the organising committee.

Please send your abstracts for presentations (500 words, please specify if you would prefer
oral or poster presentation) or the round table discussion (300 words) to Marie Crook
( by 18 January, 5pm.
Prizes will be offered for the best poster and best oral presentation.

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