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Dr Felicity Thomas

Senior Research Fellow

Kath Maguire

My research uses narrative, ethnographic and participatory approaches to examine the ways that people experience health and illness and make decisions over treatment use. I am particularly interested in understanding how health 'conditions' become medicalised, and the ways this inter-relates with poverty, disadvantage and health-related inequalities.

I currently run an ESRC-funded project (DE-STRESS) examining how moral narratives relating to responsibility and welfare reform influence the medicalisation of distress and the uptake of antidepressants in low-income communities in the South West. I am also involved in a WHO-led project to improve health care for migrants through the promotion of intercultural competence and diversity sensitivity within public health systems. 

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Contact by phone
01392 722820

Employed by
University of Exeter

Areas of expertise
Social Science; Ethnography; Narrative and Participatory Methods; Health Inequalities; Migration

Projects

DE-STRESS

Publications

Moral narratives and mental health: rethinking understandings of distress and healthcare support in contexts of austerity and welfare reform

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DE-STRESS Project shortlisted for MIND Media Award

12 November 2019

DE-STRESS Project shortlisted for Mind Media Award A series of items about antidepressant use on Radio...
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05 November 2019

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