Areas of Expertise: Allied & public health
Oonagh is an experienced sociologist with expertise in healthcare policy, medical education and the moral and ethical aspects of healthcare and medicine. She has expertise in qualitative research methods and adopts phenomenological approaches to examine people's experiences, perceptions, perspectives and understandings of health and illness.
Oonagh has previously held senior research and teaching posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Plymouth and Exeter. Most recently she led a programme of research on citizens’ experiences of health and social care for Healthwatch Essex. Throughout her career she has worked collaboratively in multi-disciplinary environments with senior academics, scientists, and health and social care professionals and commissioners.
Oonagh’s interests lie in people’s everyday lived experience of healthcare and in how these experiences align, or not, with associated policies. For example, her work on patients’ informed consent in the context of clinical trials demonstrates the prevailing trust relationship between doctor and patient and how some experience the consent process as a burden rather than as process of autonomous decision making. Her more recent work on hospital discharge shows how despite policies and guidance on the importance of ensuring that patients and their families are involved in planning a patient’s discharge from hospital, they are often not, and that poor communication systems, combined with a lack of care continuity, results in patients and their families feeling uninformed and anxious.
Vagwala, M. K., Bicquelet, A., Didziokaite, G., Coomber, R., Corrigan, O., & Singh, I (July 2017) ‘A Moral Ecology of Smart Drugs in British Universities’. Neuroethics. 10:3 389–403.
Georgiadis, A., Corrigan, & O.P (2017) ‘The experience of transitional care for general medical older patients and family caregivers: a qualitative study’. Qualitative Health Research 4: 1-9.
Tomlinson, J., Letherby, G., Bendall, A., Pinkney, J. Adams, L., Stenhouse, E., and Corrigan, O. (2017) (In Press). ‘A qualitative study of the diagnosis and lived experience of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome’. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 73:2318–2326.
Georgiadis, A., Corrigan, O.P., & Speed, E (2017) ‘Frontline healthcare staffs’ experience of organising complex Hospital Discharges: an ethnographic study’. Ethics & Behavior 27(4): 335-350.
Corrigan, O., Georgiadis, A., Davies, A., Lane, P., Milne, E., Speed, E & Wood. D. (2016) Insights into Hospital Discharge: A Study of Patient, Carer and Staff Experience in Essex. Healthwatch Essex: http://www.healthwatchessex.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Report-WEB.pdf
Wood, D. & Corrigan, O. (2016) Insights into Hospital Discharge: Survey Findings. Healthwatch Essex: http://www.healthwatchessex.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Insights-into-Hospital-Discharge-survey-findings.pdf
Letherby, G., Corrigan, O., Davies, A., Fletcher, H., Guest, C., Luff-Smith, R., Paul, M., & Taylor, L. (2016) Negotiating the Care Maze: The Process of Decision-making when a Family Member or Friend Needs Full-time Residential Care.Healthwatch Essex http://www.healthwatchessex.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Negotiating-the-Care-Maze.pdf
Fok, J., Parsons, J., & Corrigan, O. (2016) Social and Cultural Aspects of Food Shopping: A Pilot Study of Mums’ Healthy and Unhealthy Food Choices. Healthwatch Essex http://www.healthwatchessex.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Social-and-Cultural-aspects-of-food-shopping-report.pdf
Corrigan, O., Georgiadis, A., Davies, A., Lane, P., Milne, E., Speed, E & Wood. D. (2016) Insights into Hospital Discharge: A Study of Patient, Carer and Staff Experience at Princess Alexandra Hospital. Healthwatch Essex.
Corrigan, O., Georgiadis, A., Davies, A., Lane, P., Milne, E., Speed, E & Wood. D. (2016) Insights into Hospital Discharge: A Study of Patient, Carer and Staff Experience at Broomfield Hospital. Healthwatch Essex. http://www.healthwatchessex.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Insights-into-Hospital-Discharge-at-Broomfield-Hospital-Full-Report.pdf
Corrigan, O., Georgiadis, A., Davies, A., Lane, P., Milne, E., Speed, E & Wood, D (2016) Insights into Hospital Discharge: A study of Patient, Carer and Staff Experience at Colchester General Hospital. http://www.healthwatchessex.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Insights-into-Hospital-Discharge-at-Colchester-General-Hospital-Full-Report.pdf
Archer, J., Regan de Bere, S., Nunn, S., Clark, J. and Corrigan, O. (2015) ‘"No one has yet properly articulated what we are trying to achieve": A discourse analysis of interviews with revalidation policy leaders in the United Kingdom’. Academic Medicine 90(1): 88-93.
Guest, C., Corrigan, O., & Koffman, O. (2015) ‘You really do give up your own life, once you become a full-time carer’: Exploring the lived experience of carers in South Essex. Healthwatch Essex. http://www.healthwatchessex.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Healthwatch-Essex-Carers-Report-Full.pdf
Corrigan, O., McGuinness, N., Nutt, T., Hallowell, N., Wood, D., and Haines, S. (2014) Cancer Services in Colchester: A Study of Patient & Carer Experience. Healthwatch Essex.
Stenhouse, E. A., Letherby, G., Corrigan, O., Adams, L., and Bendall, A. (2014) Carbon Monoxide Screening in Pregnancy: An Evaluation Study of a Plymouth Pilot Intervention. Plymouth University, Plymouth
Brennan, N., Barnes, R., Calnan, M., Corrigan, O., Dieppe, P., and Entwistle, V. (2013) ‘Trust in the health care provider-patient relationship: A systematic mapping review of the evidence base’. International Journal of Quality in Health Care 25: (6) 1–7.
Archer, J., Regan De Bere, S., Clark, J., Corrigan, O., and Nunn, S. (2012) Revalidation in Policy: A Report for the Health Foundation.
Corrigan, O. P. (2012 ) ‘Empty ethics: The problem with informed consent’. Republished online in Sociology of Health and Illness Virtual Special Issue 9: Selective Reproductive Technologies
Corrigan, O. P. (2011) ‘Personalized medicine in a consumer age’. [Feature article]. Current Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine 9: 168–176.
Corrigan, O. and Brennan, N. (2010) Longitudinal Evaluation of South West Peninsula Deanery F1 Doctors Report. Peninsula Medical School and South West Deanery.
Brice, J., and Corrigan, O. (2010) ‘The changing landscape of medical education in the UK’. Medical Teacher 32: 727–732.
Brenan, N., Corrigan, O. P., Allard, J., Archer, J., Bleakley, A., Barnes, R., Collett, T. and Regan de Bere, S. (2010) ‘From medical student to junior doctor: Today’s experiences of Tomorrow’s Doctors’. Medical Education 44: 449–458.