Dr Emma France

Associate Professor

Health Sciences Stirling University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Emma France

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About me

About me

Emma is an associate professor based in the NMAHP Research Unit. She joined the unit in 2012 as a lecturer. She specialises in qualitative research methods but also has expertise in quantitative and mixed methods approaches. Emma leads and collaborates on research grants in the fields of families and long-term health conditions and methodological research in the area of qualitative evidence synthesis, specifically meta-ethnography. She led an NIHR-funded project to develop reporting guidance for meta-ethnography (https://emergeproject.org/), led a qualitative evidence synthesis on children's chronic pain management for the World Health Organization, and is currently leading a meta-ethnography of how children and young people with chronic pain and their families experience and perceive their condition, pain services and treatments (https://fundingawards.nihr.ac.uk/award/NIHR128671). Emma previously led a project funded by the Chief Scientist Office and Cystic Fibrosis Trust to develop an audio-visual intervention to encourage adherence to chest physiotherapy in children with cystic fibrosis. Between April 2007-March 2012, Emma was employed as a research fellow on several research grants at the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh including: the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation programme funded ‘Information for choice: what people need, prefer and use'; the Scottish School of Primary Care funded ‘MALT' (Scottish Multiple And Long Term Conditions) study; and a qualitative study of men's and women's experiences of stroke. Prior to her academic role, Emma worked as a researcher and project manager in the commercial and voluntary sectors including for a mental health service provider, a design consultancy, and a telecommunications company. Emma has an MA (honours) in psychology and French and a PhD in psychology from the University of Glasgow. Research skills & expertise: qualitative research - qualitative evidence synthesis, thematic and framework analysis, narrative analysis, qualitative secondary analysis, visual and projective methods, focus groups, in-depth interviews, using NVIVO software; systematic reviewing; quantitative methods - experimental design, parametric and non-parametric statistics, questionnaire design

Event / Presentation

Developing an audio-visual intervention to support children’s adherence to home chest physiotherapy for cystic fibrosis. 38th European Cystic Fibrosis Conference

Using a novel action research approach to develop an audio-visual resource to support children’s adherence to home chest physiotherapy for cystic fibrosis. 14th Annual Qualitative Methods Conference

Emma France, Karen Semple, Mark Grindle. Using a novel action research approach to develop an audio-visual resource to support children’s adherence to home chest physiotherapy for cystic fibrosis. Oral presentation at the International Institute for Qualitative Methods 14th Annual Qualitative Methods Conference, Melbourne, Australia, April 28-30 2015.

What’s wrong with meta-ethnography reporting? A systematic review of published studies. . BSA Medical Sociology Group 46th Annual Conference 2014

Authors: Emma France, Nicola Ring, Rebecca Thomas, Jane Noyes, Margaret Maxwell, Ruth Jepson. 

What’s wrong with meta-ethnography reporting? A systematic review to inform meta-ethnography reporting guidelines. 14th Annual Qualitative Methods Conference

Emma France, Nicola Ring, Jane Noyes (on behalf of the eMERGE core group). What’s wrong with meta-ethnography reporting? A systematic review to inform meta-ethnography reporting guidelines. Oral presentation at the International Institute for Qualitative Methods 14th Annual Qualitative Methods Conference, Melbourne, Australia, April 28-30 2015.

Symposium: Apples, pears and elephants: challenges and solutions to making systematic reviews more useful. Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference

Authors: Wells M, France EF, Harris F, Abhyankar P, Pollock A.  

The Power of Dreams, a grounded theory study into dream fulfilment in children and young people with life limiting and long term conditions and their families. 8th World Research Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care

Authors: Jayne Galinsky, Liz Forbat & Emma France. 

Chronic pain and the family - a scoping review. Scottish School of Primary Care Conference 2013

France, E.F., Farquharson, B. & Abhyankar, P. Chronic pain and the family - a scoping review. Presented at the Scottish School of Primary Care Conference, Inverness, 25-26 April 2013

The power of dreams: a grounded theory study, looking to explore the impact of dream fulfilment on children with life limiting and long term conditions and their families. British Psychological Society Qualitative methods in psychology conference

Jayne Galinsky, Emma France & Liz Forbat. The power of dreams: a grounded theory study, looking to explore the impact of dream fulfilment on children with life limiting and long term conditions and their families. Poster presented at British Psychological Society Qualitative methods in psychology conference. Huddersfield. 4 – 6th September 2013. Won first prize.

Who has dreams fulfilled at end of life? An audit of a dream fulfilment organisation for children and young people. Help the Hospices conference: Hospice Care: Fit for the Future

Galinsky, J., Forbat, L., France, E., & White, J. (2013). P107 Who has dreams fulfilled at end of life? An audit of a dream fulfilment organisation for children and young people. Poster presentation. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care, 3(Suppl 1), A48-A48.

"Knowing People Are Coping With What You Have to Cope With Is Reassuring": Why People Use and Value Experiential Health Information. 16th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Qualitative Health Research

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Self-Identity, Gender, and Experiences of Coping After Stroke: A Narrative Analysis of Stroke Survivors' Perspectives. The 16th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Qualitative Health Research

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Research (5)

Experiences of health and illness; families and health; self-care; well-being and mental health; identity; long-term conditions; qualitative methods; qualitative evidence synthesis;  meta-ethnography; evidence based health care; multi-method research.

Outputs (39)

Outputs

Poster

France E, Turley R, Uny I, Forbat L, Caes L, Jordan A, Noyes J & Silveira Bianchim M (2022) A synthesis investigating how young people with chronic pain from sickle cell disease and their families experience and understand their condition, pain services and treatments. Society of Pediatric Psychology Annual Conference 2022, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 07.04.2022-09.04.2022.

Poster

France E, Turley R, Uny I, Forbat L, Caes L, Jordan A, Noyes J & Silveria Bianchim M (2022) A synthesis investigating how young people with chronic pain from sickle cell disease and their families experience and understand their condition, pain services and treatments. 13th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain, Auckland New Zealand & online, 24.03.2022-27.03.2022.

Other

France E, maxwell m, duncan e, uny i & ring n (2019) What’s meta-ethnography and how do you do it? (workshop). The Annual Conference of the Academic Departments of General Practice in Scotland (ADEGS), Carnoustie, Scotland, 24.01.2019-25.01.2019.

Lecture

Uny I & France E (2018) Can we apply CERQual to ‘higher order’ findings? (Presentation) [Meta-ethnography as an example]. GRADE-CERQual workshop: "Strengthening the use of qualitative evidence in decision making’", Brocher Foundation, Geneva, 07.11.2018-09.11.2018.

Book Chapter

Uny I, France E & Noblit GW (2018) Steady and delayed: explaining the different development of meta-ethnography in health care and education. In: Kakos M & Fritzsche B (eds.) Meta-Ethnographic Synthesis in Education - Challenges, Aims and Possibilities. London: Routledge. https://www.crcpress.com/Meta-Ethnographic-Synthesis-in-Education-Challenges-Aims-and-Possibilities/Kakos-Fritzsche/p/book/9781138491199

Lecture

France E, Uny I, Ring N, Jepson R, Noyes J, Maxwell M, Duncan E, Turley R, Cunningham M & Roberts R (2018) What's a meta-ethnography and how do you do it? (Presentation) International Institute for Qualitative Methods 16th Conference, Banff, Canada, 29.04.2018-03.05.2018.

Speech

France E, Hoskins G, Hagen S, Dhouieb E, Cunningham S, Main E, Rowland C, Treweek S, McGhee J, Glasscoe C, Allen JM, Hoddinott P, Williams B, Semple K, Grindle M & Duncan K (2018) The SCooP Project: development of an intervention to increase physiotherapy adherence among young children with Cystic Fibrosis.. NHS Lothian Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health Professions, Psychology, Pharmacy and Health Care Science Research Conference, 16.03.2018-16.03.2018.

Other

France E, Farquharson B, Hoskins G, Wells M & Duncan E (2016) Symposium: Developing effective complex interventions. Royal College of Nursing (RCN) international nursing research conference, 08.04.2016-08.04.2016.

Article

France E, Wyke S, Ziebland SB, Entwistle VA & Hunt K (2011) How personal experiences feature in women’s accounts of use of information for decisions about antenatal diagnostic testing for foetal abnormality. Social Science and Medicine, 72 (5), pp. 755-762. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/02779536; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.11.031

Research Report

Wyke S, Entwistle V, France E, Hunt K, Jepson R, Thompson A & Ziebland SB (2011) Information for choice: what people need, prefer and use - Report for the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation programme. National Institute for Health Research. SDO Project, 08/1710/153. NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation (SDO), Southampton. http://www.netscc.ac.uk/hsdr/files/project/SDO_FR_08-1710-153_V01.pdf

Research Report

Wyke S, Entwistle V, France E, Hunt K, Jepson R, Thompson A & Ziebland SB (2011) Information for choice: what people need, prefer and use - Executive summary for the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation programme. National Institute for Health Research. SDO Project, 08/1710/153. NETSCC (NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre)/Queen's Printer and Controller of HMSO. http://www.netscc.ac.uk/hsdr/files/project/SDO_ES_08-1710-153_V01.pdf

Meeting Abstract

France E, Entwistle V, Jepson R & Wyke S (2010) "Knowing People Are Coping With What You Have to Cope With Is Reassuring": Why People Use and Value Experiential Health Information. 16th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Qualitative Health Research, Vancouver, Canada, 03/10/2010 - 05/10/2010. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 9 (4), pp. 351-352. http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/IJQM/article/view/9581/7597

Meeting Abstract

France E, Dow C & Hunt K (2010) Self-Identity, Gender, and Experiences of Coping After Stroke: A Narrative Analysis of Stroke Survivors' Perspectives. The 16th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Qualitative Health Research, Vancouver, Canada, 03/10/2010 - 05/10/2010. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 9 (4), pp. 352-352. http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/IJQM/article/view/9581/7597

Article

France E, Hunt K, Ziebland SB, Field K & Wyke S (2009) 'My brain couldn’t move from planning a birth to planning a funeral': A qualitative study of parents’ experiences of decisions after ending a pregnancy for fetal abnormality. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 46 (8), pp. 1111-1121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2008.12.004

Teaching

Teaching

Programme director for the Masters in Health Research (MRes) Module co-ordinator of the MRes dissertation module