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Personal profile


Jamie joined UEA in 2007 and works within the School of Health Sciences as a Senior Research Fellow and in the Norwich Medical School as Research Advisor for the NIHR Research Design Service.

He has worked on a range of health service research projects using quantitative, qualitative and mixed method designs, with specialist expertise in the design of process evaluations within clinical trials. In particular, Jamie has developed innovative analytical approaches to explain how patient behaviour and healthcare interventions are shaped by the contexts in which people live, and the systems in which care is delivered. He is now applying these methods to evaluate the implementation of complex healthcare interventions across a diverse set of fields.

Jamie has a strong interest in global health systems research and works closely with the Knowledge Translation Unit at Cape Town University, providing methodological expertise for the design of studies aimed to evaluate health systems strengthening interventions in low and middle-income countries.

As an adviser for the NIHR Research Design Service, Dr Murdoch regularly reviews funding proposals for the NIHR as well as journal articles submitted to a range of high quality health service research and social science journals.



Senior Research Fellow in Process Evaluation, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia;

Research Adviser, NIHR Research Design Service for the East of England (Norfolk and Suffolk)

March 2010 – Sept 2010 Lead Investigator: Investigation of health care needs for migrant families with children in Thetford – UEA. Funded by NHS Norfolk.
Sept 2009 – March 2010: Research Associate - Health care needs assessment for children with complex needs living in Thetford - UEA. Commissioned by NHS Norfolk.
March 2007 – Research Associate: At-Risk Registers In Severe Asthma (ARRISA) study – UEA. Funded by Asthma UK.
April 2002 – Feb 2007: Research Associate – Suffolk & Norfolk Primary Care Research & Development Group, (S.A.N.D.). ELEVATE asthma study

Professional Qualifications

  • 2011: Ph.D. The Discursive Construction of Prophylactic Medicine Taking for People with Asthma:Interactional Issues and Moral Discourses, University of East Anglia.
  • 2001: B.A. (Hons) Psychology, First Class, Open University
  • 1993: B.Sc. (Hons) Mathematics and Management, 2(ii), Liverpool University
  • 2008: Certificate in Ethnography, Language and Communication: Key Concepts and Methods; Researcher Development Initiative, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)



Key Research Interests and Expertise

Jamie is interested in the design of process evaluations and how to study the contexts in which health interventions are delivered, in particular the contribution of linguistic ethnographic methods to conduct such investigations.

Current research:

  • PACK Child - Strengthening the quality of paediatric primary care in South Africa: Preliminary work for a pragmatic randomised trial. Medical Research Council
  • ASSET Towards person-centred TB care for providers, patients and households in South Africa. NIHR - https://healthasset.org/
  • Case study, Context and Complex interventions (TRIPLE C) – development of guidance and publication standards to support case study-based research into the influences of context on complex system-level interventions. MRC/NIHR.
  • Brief Early School-Based Treatment For Adolescent Borderline Personality Disorder (BEST). NIHR HS&DR
  • Interpersonal Counselling for Adolescent Depression delivered by Youth Mental Health Workers without Core Professional Training (ICALM): A Feasibility Randomised Controlled Trial. NIHR HS&DR.
  • The clinical and cost-effectiveness of exercise intervention for depression in adolescents (READY): a phased multi-site randomised controlled trial. NIHR HTA.
  • Goal-setting in care planning for people with multimorbidity: feasibility study and intervention refinement. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB)
  • SupPoRtive Exercise Programmes for Accelerating REcovery after major ABdominal Cancer surgery (PREPARE-ABC). NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA)


Selected Publications: 

Murdoch, J., Curran, R., Cornick, R., Picken, S., Bachmann, M., Bateman, E., Simelane, M.L., Fairall, L. (2020) Addressing the quality and scope of paediatric primary care in South Africa: Evaluating contextual impacts of the introduction of the Practical Approach to Care Kit for children (PACK Child), BMC Health Services Research, 20(479).

van Rensburg, A., Dube, A., Curran, R., Ambaw, F., Murdoch, J., Bachmann, M., Petersen, I., Fairall, L. (2020) Comorbidities between tuberculosis and common mental disorders: A scoping review of epidemiological patterns and person-centred care interventions from low-to-middle income and BRICS countries, Infectious Diseases of Poverty, 9:4, https://doi.org/10.1186/s40249-019-0619-4.

Murdoch, J., Salter, C., Ford, J., Lenaghan, E., Shiner, A., Steel, N. (2020) The "unknown territory" of goal-setting: Negotiating a novel interactional activity within doctor-patient consultations, Social Science & Medicine, 256, 113040.

Murdoch J, Curran R, Bachmann M, et al. (2018) Strengthening the quality of paediatric primary care: protocol for the process evaluation of PACK Child, a health systems intervention in South Africa. BMJ Glob Health;0:e000945. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2018-000945.

Murdoch, J. (2016). Process evaluation for complex interventions in health services research: analysing context, text trajectories and disruptions. BMC Health Services Research16(1), 407.

Salter, C., Shiner, A., Lenaghan, E., Murdoch, J., Ford, J., Winterburn, S., Steel, N., (2019) Setting goals with patients living with multimorbidity: qualitative analysis of general practice consultations. British Journal of General Practice

Ford, J.A., Lenaghan, E., Salter, C., Turner, D.A., Shiner, A., Clark, A., Murdoch, J., Green, C., Lipp, A., Moseley, A., Wade, T., Winterburn, S., Nick Steel, N. (2019) Can goal-setting for patients with multimorbidity improve outcomes in primary care?: cluster randomised feasibility trial. BMJ Open.

Murdoch, J., Varley, A., Fletcher, E., Britten, N., Price, L., Calitri, R., Green, C., Lattimer, V., Richards, S., Richards, D., Salisbury, C., Taylor, R. & Campbell, J. (2015). Implementing telephone triage in general practice: a process evaluation of a cluster randomised controlled trial, BMC Family Practice, 16,47.

Murdoch, J., Barnes, R., Pooler, J., Lattimer, V., Fletcher, E., & Campbell, J. L. (2015). The impact of using computer decision-support software in primary care nurse-led telephone triage: Interactional dilemmas and conversational consequences, Social Science & Medicine, 126, 36-47, doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.12.013.

Murdoch, J., Salter, C., Poland, F., & Cross, J. (2015). Challenging Social Cognition Models of Adherence: Cycles of Discourse, Historical Bodies, and Interactional Order. Qualitative health research, 25(2), 283-294, DOI: 10.1177/1049732314552074

Murdoch, J., Barnes, R., Pooler, J., Lattimer, V., Fletcher, E., & Campbell, J. L. (2014). Question design in nurse-led and GP-led telephone triage for same-day appointment requests: a comparative investigation. BMJ open, 4(3), e004515.

Murdoch, J., Salter, C., Cross, J., Poland, F. (2013) Misunderstandings, communicative expectations and resources in illness narratives: Insights from beyond interview transcripts. Communication & Medicine, 10 (2), 153-163.

Murdoch, J., Salter, C., Cross, J., Smith, J., & Poland, F. (2013). Resisting Medications: Moral Discourses and Performances in Illness Narratives. Sociology of Health & Illness, 35 (3), 449-464.

Murdoch, J., Poland, F. and Salter, C.I. (2010) Analyzing Interactional Contexts in a Data-Sharing Focus Group: Lessons for Member Checking. Qualitative Health Research, 20 (5), 582-594.

Campbell, J. L., Fletcher, E., Britten, N., Green, C., Holt, T. A., Lattimer, V., Richards, D.A., Richards, S.H., Salisbury, C., Calitri, R., Bowyer, V., Chaplin K., Kandiyali, R., Murdoch, J., Roscoe, J., Varley, A., Warren, F.C., & Taylor, R. S. (2014). Telephone triage for management of same-day consultation requests in general practice (the ESTEEM trial): a cluster-randomised controlled trial and cost-consequence analysis. The Lancet, 384, (9957), 1859-1868.

Smith, J.R., Noble, M.J., Musgrave, S., Murdoch, J., Price, G., Barton, G. et al., (2012) The At-Risk Registers in Severe Asthma (ARRISA) Study: a cluster-randomised controlled trial examining effectiveness and costs in primary care. pp.1052–1060. Thorax, 67. ISSN 0040-6376.

Price, D, Musgrave, S, Shepstone, L, Hillier, E, Sims, E, Gilbert, R, Juniper, E, Ayres, J, Kemp, L, Blyth, A, Wilson, E, Wolfe, S, Freeman, D, Mugford, M, Murdoch, J. and Harvey, I. (2011) Leukotriene antagonists as first-line or add-on asthma controller therapy. The New England Journal of Medicine, 364 (18). pp. 1695-1707. ISSN 0028-4793.

Wilson, E, Price, D, Musgrave, SD, Sims, EJ, Shepstone, L, Murdoch, J, Mugford, M, Blyth, A, Juniper, E, Ayres, J, Wolfe, S, Freeman, D, Gilbert, R, Hillyer, E and Harvey, IM(2010) The cost effectiveness of leukotriene receptor antagonists versus long acting beta-2 agonists as add-on therapy to inhaled corticosteroids for asthma: a pragmatic trial. Pharmacoeconomics, 28 (7). pp. 597-608. ISSN 1170-7690.

Wilson, E, Sims, EJ, Musgrave, SD, Shepstone, L, Blyth, A, Murdoch, J, Mugford, M, Juniper, E, Ayres, J, Wolfe, S, Freeman, D, Gilbert, R, Harvey, IM, Hillyer, E and Price, D(2010) The cost effectiveness of leukotriene receptor antagonists versus inhaled corticosteroids for initial asthma controller therapy: a pragmatic trial. Pharmacoeconomics, 28 (7). pp. 585-595. ISSN 1170-7690.



Campbell, J.L., Fletcher, E., Britten, N., Green, C., Holt, T., Lattimer, V., Richards, S.H., Richards, D.A., Salisbury, C., Taylor, R.S., Calitri, R., Bowyer, V., Chaplin, K., Kandiyali, R., Murdoch, J., Price, L., Roscoe, J., Varley, A., & Warren, F. (2015) The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of telephone triage formanaging same-day consultation requests in general practice: acluster randomised controlled trial comparing nurse-led and GP-led management systems with usual care, (The ESTEEM trial). Health technology assessment, 19, 13.

Price, D, Musgrave, S, Wilson, E, Sims, E, Shepstone, L, Blyth, A, Murdoch, J, Mugford, M, Juniper, E, Ayres, J, Wolfe, S, Freeman, D, Lipp, A, Gilbert, R and Harvey, I (2011) A pragmatic single-blind randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation of the use of leukotriene receptor antagonists in primary care at steps 2 and 3 of the national asthma guidelines (ELEVATE study). Health technology assessment (Winchester, England), 15 (21). pp. 1-132. ISSN 1366-5278

Commissioned Reports:

Rechel, B, Murdoch, J, Collis, A, Houghton, J and Holland, R (2010) Investigation of Health Care Needs for Migrant Families with Children in Thetford. Research Report. Report to NHS Norfolk.

Rechel, B, Houghton, J, Murdoch, J, Ward, S and Holland, R (2010) Community Health Needs Assessment for Thetford Healthy Town. Research Report. Report to NHS Norfolk.

Rechel, B, Murdoch, J, Last, K, Reading, R, Houghton, J and Holland, R (2010) Health Care Needs Assessment for Children and Young People with Complex Needs in Thetford. Research Report. Report to NHS Norfolk.

Teaching Interests

I teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level:

  • Mixed methods research
  • Good Clinical Practice.
  • Considering Ethics in Qualitative Research
  • Inter-professional practice
  • How to integrate evidence into academic writing
  • Social Identities of Health & Illness
  • Communication and patient-centred care as customer service
  • User involvement in research





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