Dr Julie Walabyeki

Research Fellow

Julie is a research fellow working on the PEOPLE-HULL study and the Cancer Studies-Yorkshire (CS-Y), funded by Yorkshire Cancer. Research.

Julie Walabyeki is a research fellow, involved with the 'Primary care and community Engagement to Optimise time to Presentation with Lung cancEr symptoms in HULL' (PEOPLE-HULL) study and the Cancer Studies-Yorkshire (CS-Y)-Intervention study, both funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research (YCR). She is currently working  on the PEOPLE-HULL study, 'Reducing Unplanned Hospital Admissions-Practitioner Study' (RUHAS-PS) and involved in conducting a systematic review 'Reducing Unplanned Hospital Admissions in people with cancer'.  The recently completed studies are Symptoms Awareness Study (SASS): Understanding of cancer symptoms and healthcare interactions among smokers with Professor Una Macleod and the 'Age related aspects of help-seeking behaviour: a qualitative study exploring older people’s fatalistic attitudes towards ill health and dying (SASS 2). Her interest in research first developed after her medical training when she was involved in Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and randomized clinical trials. Her interests then were mainly Infectious Diseases-HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.  Since then, she has developed further varied interests following her postgraduate training and these include early diagnosis of cancer, smoking and cancer, qualitative research, healthcare Management- particularly Leadership in healthcare.

  • Currently ongoing: Primary care and community Engagement to Optimise time to Presentation with Lung cancEr symptoms in HULL (PEOPLE-HULL), funded by funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research. The overall purpose of the study is to develop and test a theoretically driven multi-faceted community-primary care linked intervention to improve presentation to GPs by patients with potential lung cancer symptoms, and onward referral by GPs of patients with potential lung cancer symptoms, ultimately reducing the number advanced stage lung cancers being diagnosed.





  • Currently on-going: Reducing unplanned hospital admissions-Practitioner study (RUHAS-PS)-A qualitative study exploring the health professionals’ perspectives of unplanned hospital admissions in adults with active cancer in Yorkshire and the Humber; funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.



  • Currently on-going: Reducing unplanned hospital admissions-Systematic Review (RUHAS-SR)-A systematic review examining reduced unplanned hospital admissions in adults with cancer; funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.   




  • Symptoms Awareness Study (SASS): Understanding cancer symptoms and healthcare interactions, funded by Cancer Research UK-researcher



  •  Joint lead with Professor Una Macleod and researcher on SASS Phase 2: Age related aspects of help-seeking behaviour: a qualitative study exploring older people’s fatalistic attitudes towards ill health and dying, funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Walabyeki J, Adamson J, Buckley HL, Sinclair H, Atkin K, Graham H, et al. (2017) Experience of, awareness of and help-seeking for potential cancer symptoms in smokers and non-smokers: A cross-sectional study. PLoS ONE 12(8): e0183647. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0183647




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