Dr Jo Brett

Senior Research Fellow

PhD, MSc, MA, PGD, PGC, BSc

Jo joined Oxford Brookes University in April 2014.  Prior to this she worked as a Research Fellow at the RCN RI at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick from 2006 to 2014; as a Research Fellow for the NICE National Collaborating Centre, Oxford from 2004 to 2006; and as a Research Associate at the Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford from 1994 to 2004.

Her current study explores the experiences of women taking hormone therapy after breast cancer to identify factors affecting adherence to treatment and to develop interventions to improve adherence.

She has a PhD in Health Sciences form Warwick Medical School, an MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care from the University of Oxford, and MA in Applied Social Research Skills with distinction from University of Warwick.

Research Interests

While at the University of Oxford, she conducted studies funded by Cancer Research UK, including a study of the psychological consequences of routine mammography, the development of evidence-based breast awareness training resources for Practice Nurses, men’s experiences and GP’s views of asymptomatic PSA testing for prostate cancer, issues of shared decision-making around asymptomatic PSA testing, and the development of the patient information sheet for the Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme and Cervical Screening Programme. She also co-authored a HTA report on the impact of screening on future health promoting behaviours and health beliefs.

At the NICE National Collaborating Centre she compiled the evidence for the development of the National Guidelines for the Management and Treatment of Osteoporosis. More recently she has conducted studies exploring patient experiences and Patient Reported Outcomes following hip fracture.

She has also conducted a three year study exploring the experiences, information needs and support needs of parents who have had a premature infant, resulting in the development of information for both parents and health professionals used in neonatal units throughout the country. The study was incorporated into the Government’s National Neonatal taskforce recommendations to guide service development, and adopted by UNICEF UK.

Jo has a particular interest in Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in Health Research, having conducted a systematic review of the impact of PPI on Health Research (PIRICOM, UKCRC), and co-authored the development of Guidelines for the Reporting of Patient and Public Involvement (GRIPP).

Selected Publications

  • Brett J, Staniszewska S, Mockford C, Herron-Marx S, Tysall C, Hughes J, Suleman R (2014).  A systematic review of the impact of patient and public involvement on service users, researchers and communities.  The Patient - Patient Centred Outcomes Research.  In Press
  • Haywood K,  Brett J, Salek S, Marlett N, Penman C, Shklarov S,  Norris C,  Jose Santana M,  Staniszewska S (2014).  Patient and Public Engagement in Health-Related Quality of Life and Patient-Reported  Outcomes Research: What’s Important and Why Should We Care? Patient Engagement Symposium.  Quality of Life Research.  In Press
  • Staniszewska S, Boardman F, Gunn L, Palmer J, Clay D, Seers K, Brett J, (2013). Developing the Warwick Patient Experiences Framework (WaPEF): Utilising patient-based evidence to shape clinical guidelines. Accepted by International Journal for Quality in Health Care.
  • Staniszewska S, Brett J, Newburn M, Redshaw M (2012). The POPPY Project: Developing a model of family-centred care. World-Views of Evidence Based Nursing.   14 JUN 2012 DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6787.2012.00253.x
  • Brett J, Staniszewska S et al (2012). Mapping the impact of patient and public involvement on health and social care research: a systematic review. Health Expectations. 19 JUL 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2012.00795.x
  • Staniszewska S, Haywood K, Brett J, Tutton (2012). Patient and public involvement in PROMS : Evolution not revolution. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. 5(2):79-87, June 1, 2012. doi: 10.2165/11597150
  • Brett J, Staniszewska S, Newburn M,  Jones N, Taylor L (2011)  A systematic mapping review of effective interventions for communicating with, supporting and providing information to parents of preterm infants.  BMJ Open June 2011 (BMJ Open doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2010-000023)
  • Staniszewska S, Brett J, Mockford C, Barber R (2011)  The GRIPP checklist: Strengthening the quality of patient and public involvement reporting in research. International Journal of Health Technology Assessment, 27 (4): 391-399
  • Staniszewska S, Adebajo A, Barber R, Beresford P, Brady L, Brett J, Elliott J, Evans D, Haywood K, Jones D, Mockford C, Nettle M, Rose D, Williamson T. (2011) 'Developing the evidence base of patient and public involvement in health and social care research: the case for measuring impact.', International Journal Of Consumer Studies, 35 628 - 632 (1470-6423)
  • Evans R, Edwards A, Elwyn G, Watson E, Grol R, Brett J, and Austoker J (2007). "It's a maybe test": men's experiences of prostate specific antigen testing in primary care. Br J Gen Pract, 57(537):303-10
  • Watson E, Hewitson P, Brett J, et al. (2006). Informed decision making and prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing for prostate cancer: a randomised controlled trial exploring the impact of a brief patient decision aid on men’s knowledge, attitudes and intention to be tested. Patient Educ Couns, 63(3):367-79.
  • Brett J, Watson E, Hewitson P (2005).  PSA testing for prostate cancer: an online survey of the views and reported practice of General Practitioners in the UK.  BMC Family Practice, 6:24
  • Brett J, Bankhead C, Henderson B, Watson E, Austoker J (2005). The psychological impact of mammographic screening.  A systematic review. Psycho-oncology, 14: 921-938
  • Watson E, Henderson B, Brett J, Bankhead C, Austoker J (2005). The psychological impact of mammographic screening on women with a family history of breast cancer. A systematic review. Psycho-oncology, 14: 939-948
  • Evans R, Edwards A, Brett J et al (2005) Reduction in uptake of PSA tests following decision aids: Systematic review of current aids and evaluations. Patient Education and Counseling, 58: 13-26.
  • Bankhead C, Brett J, Bukach C et al. (2003)  The impact of screening on future health promoting behaviours and health beliefs: a systematic review.  Health Technology Assessment, Vol 7: N.42
  • Brett J, Austoker J (2002). Promoting Breast Awareness. Practice Nurse. October
  • Brett J, Watson E, Bukach C et al. (2002) 'PSA testing for prostate cancer': a patient information sheet. NHS Cancer Screening Programmes & Cancer Research UK.
  • Watson E, Jenkins L, Bukach C, Brett J, Austoker J (2002).  PSA testing for prostate cancer: an information pack for primary health care teams.  NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, Sheffield
  • Brett J, Austoker (2001). Women who are recalled for further investigation for breast screening: psychological consequences 3 years after recall and factors affecting re-attendance. J Public Health Med, Jan 2001, 23 (4), 292-300
  • Brett J, Austoker J (1999). Breast awareness training resource pack for primary health care nurses involved in the promotion of breast awareness. Cancer Research Campaign
  • Brett J, Austoker J, Ong G (1998). Do women who undergo further investigation for breast screening suffer adverse psychological consequences? A multi-centre follow-up study comparing different breast screening result groups 5 months after their last breast screening appointment. J Public Health Med, Dec 20 (4),396-403.
  • Ong G, Austoker J, Brett J (1997). Breast Screening: The adverse psychological consequences one month after placing women on early recall because of diagnostic uncertainty: A multi-centre study. J. Med. Screening (BMJ) 1997; 4: 158-168.

Selected Oral Presentations

  • Finding consensus on guidance for the reporting and Patient and Public Involvement: GRIPP 2 – A Delphi Study. Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference. Glasgow 2014
  • Patient reported experiences following hip fracture. International Society of Quality of Life (ISOQOL). Miami October 2013
  • Patient Engagement with Development of Patient Reported outcomes: A world café. International Society of Quality of Life (ISOQOL). Miami October 2013
  • Slipping into the pantaloon phase: Patient experiences of hip fracture. Royal College of Nursing International Research conference. Belfast, March 2013
  • Impact of Patient and Public Involvement on health care service users, researchers and communities. Royal College of Nursing International Research conference. London, April 2012
  • Introduction to Patient Reported Outcome Measures in hip fracture (Pro-Hip) National Osteoporosis Society Support Group Meeting, Coventry, February 2011
  • Impact of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in Health and Social Care Research - Round table discussion at NIHR Research and Design Service for West Midlands, 25th March 2011
  • Impact of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in Health and Social Care Research R&D seminar 7th April 2011
  • Parents of Premature Infant: Your Support Needs. University of Warwick Health Research poster event 5th April 2011
  • Impact of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in Health and Social Care Research - RCN International Research Conference, 16th May 2011
  • Strengthening the evidence base of involvement: Guidance for reporting the impact of patient and public involvement (Staniszewska S, Brett J). Royal College of Nursing International Research Society Conference, Harrogate 2011
  • Parents of Premature Infant: Your Support Needs. Research & Development Seminar. University of Warwick, November 2010
  • Impact of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in Health and Social Care Research - Poster presentation – Involve Conference 16th November 2010
  • POPPY: A Qualitative study of information needs and support needs of parents of premature infants.  Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference. Liverpool April 2008
  • Systematic review of information needs and support needs of parents of premature infants. Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference. Dundee May 2007
  • Systematic review evidence for the treatment and management of osteoporosis. XIII Cochrane Colloquium. Melbourne 2005

Grants Awarded

  • Staniszewska S, Seers K, Brett J, Boardman G, Gunn L, Palmer J, Clay D (2010). A Scoping Study: Developing the Warwick Patient Experiences Framework. National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence. £25,000.
  • Haywood K, Staniszewska S, Tutton L, Brett J , Seers K  (2010). The PROHIP study: The application of patient-reported outcome measures in hip fractures.  £86,000 Royal College of Nursing
  • Staniszewska S, Brett J., Haywood K. Munday D, Sturt J (2009). Understanding user involvement impact. University of Warwick Research Development Fund, £15,000.
  • Staniszewska S,, Brett J, Seers K, Altman D, Simera I, Mower D, Denegir S. Prof Peter Littlejohns (Clinical and Public Health Director, NICE), Prof Doug Altman, (Professor of Statistics), EQUATOR Network, Centre for Medical Statistics, University of Oxford, David Mower l (2012). Developing consensus on reporting of patient and public involvement: developing the GRIPP checklist. INVOLVE £75,000.
  • Staniszewska S, et al. A systematic review of the conceptualisation, measurement, impact and outcomes of patient and public involvement in health and social care research. UK CRC, London 2008 £106,000

Reports/Information Provision

  • Staniszewska S, Felicity Boardman, Kathleen Gunn, Julie Palmer, Diane Clay, Kate Seers, Jo Brett. Patient Experiences: A Nice Scoping Review
  • Brett J, StaniszewskaS et al. The Piricom Study: A systematic review of the conceptualisation, measurement, impact and outcomes of patients and public involvement in health and Social care. A systematic review. UKCRC Aug 2010
  • POPPY project group: Information for Health Professionals at the neonatal unit: Family-centred care in neonatal units: A summary of research results and recommendations from the POPPY Project. 2009
  • POPPY project group: leaflet for parents of premature babies: 'We were there'
  • Brett J, Austoker J, Heathcote S. Breast awareness programme: training pack for promoting breast awareness in primary care. NHS BSP 1999
  • Brett J, Watson E, Bukach C et al. 'PSA testing for prostate cancer': a patient information sheet. NHS Cancer Screening Programmes & Cancer Research UK. 2002.
  • Watson E, Jenkins L, Bukach C, Brett J, Austoker J. PSA testing for prostate cancer: an information pack for primary health care teams. NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, Sheffield, 2002

Publications from RADAR

  • Brett, J, Fenlon, D, Boulton, M, Hulbert-Williams, N, Walter, F, Donnelly, P, Lavery, B, Morgan, A, Morris, C, Watson, E (2016) Factors Associated with Intentional and Unintentional Non-adherence to Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy Following Breast Cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care [summary page]
  • Staniszewska, S, Boardman, F, Gunn, L, Roberts, J, Clay, D, Seers, K, Brett, J, Avital, L, Bullock, I, O'Flynn, N (2014) Developing the Warwick Patient Experiences Framework (WaPEF): Utilising patient-based evidence to shape clinical guidelines International Journal of Quality in Healthcare. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 26 (2). pp. 151-157. [summary page]

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