Harriet Hunt



I am currently working in distinct two areas: dementia diagnosis in primary care; and neonatal support for parents by parents. I am completing my doctoral research into the diagnosis of dementia in primary care, and specifically how the use of brief cognitive assessments (such as MMSE) can be improved in practice. My main interest is in evaluating medical tests and investigating how tests are used in the diagnosis and prognosis of a condition or state. I'm also carrying out a systematic review of interventions for parent to parent support aimed at parents of babies cared for in neonatal settings (the PaReNt project http://clahrc-peninsula.nihr.ac.uk/research/parent-to-parent-support). This project has included parent experts from the start in research team membership, having a parent advisory group and employing various means to incorporate parent experts' views throughout the project. I am lead author of one Cochrane review of diagnostic test accuracy, and have conducted a large number of non-Cochrane reviews and evidence syntheses and have produced a series of commissioned public health reports for the Centre of Public Health Excellence at NICE on topics covering unintentional injuries in childhood, obesity prevention and smoking cessation. I have extensive experience in evidence synthesis in various forms, from diagnostic accuracy and prognosis to theory-led approaches such as realist synthesis.
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