Dr Laura Jefferson
Research Fellow



Laura Jefferson is a research fellow in the Health Policy Research Group and currently works on a Department of Health Policy Research Programme: “Supporting Policy Development and Evaluating Change: A Fast Response Analytical Facility.” This programme of research aims to improve the quality of evidence upon which strategic health policy decisions are based, by providing expert advice, policy briefings and empirical and theoretical analysis.

Having joined the Department of Health Sciences in 2003, Laura has developed research skills in a range of areas including qualitative methods, randomised controlled trials, systematic reviewing, and questionnaire design and implementation. Laura has a particular interest in the use of mixed methods approaches in health services research.

Laura has a keen interest in health policy, particularly medical workforce productivity. For her doctoral thesis, Laura explored gender differences in the working lives of medical doctors, with the aim of identifying reasons for reported gender differences in hospital consultants’ activity rates.


  • MSc
  • BSc
  • PhD

Departmental roles

  • Member of the Department of Health Sciences Research Committtee



Laura's research interests include pragmatic randomised trials, qualitative research methods, medical workforce productivity and gender in medicine.


Laura's current projects are:

  • Supporting Policy Development And Evaluating Change: A Fast Response Analytical Facility

Previous projects

Laura has previously worked on:

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Laura Jefferson
Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 321511