Professor Alison Brettle

Alison is Director of the Centre for Social and Health Research and has an extensive research record comprising over 150 research outputs. Alison has been involved with research evaluating the impact and value of libraries, systematic and scoping reviews on a wide range of topics across health and social care and digital health projects which use social media provide information and support (Facemums; GMKIN).  Current projects include evaluation of an app to provide information to patients with Multiple Sclerosis funded by Salford CCG and a scoping review on frailty within chronic kidney disease.

Her research has provided tools to measure the outcomes and impact of health library services and provided evidence to underpin NICE guidance, research strategies and competence frameworks of professional bodies and organisations.  Projects providing information and support via social media in the areas of chronic kidney disease and pregnancy have improved the health and well-being of participants as well as providing a valued source of information and support.

Alison is one of the founding members of the international Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP) Movement.  She is a member of the International Programme Committee for the Biennial Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference Movement and helped bring the conference to the UK in 2011 (University of Salford) and in 2019 (University of Strathclyde).  She has undertaken a range of roles within the Open Access EBLIP Journal since its inception in 2006, including Editor-in-Chief and is currently on the editorial advisory board.  She is Chair of the Library and Information Research Group (LIRG), one of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professional’s (CILIP) special interest groups.  She is an academic advisor for Knowledge for Healthcare, contributing to their Value and Impact Group and Evaluation Framework.  She is Honorary Chair at Southern Medical University, Guandong Province, China

Postgraduate Research Supervision Interests

Topic areas of interest for supervision include:  

Health information, digital health, evidence based practice, PhD by Published Works

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Digital Health, Evidence-based practice, health libraries, systematic reviews