Dr Paul Whybrow


Lecturer in Health and Society

Role at Hull York Medical School

I lead the development and delivery of the ‘Health and Society’ theme of the medical undergraduate curriculum.


I hold a BSc in Sociology and an MA in Social Research Methods. My doctoral research (ESRC CASE studentship, Heriot-Watt University 2010-2014) used mixed methods to examine the patterning of physical activity in urban environments in relation to socioeconomic status. The work led to an internship at the Scottish Government where I conducted descriptive survey analysis of Scottish health inequities (Whybrow, et al. 2013).

As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Newcastle, I conducted qualitative research into men with urethral stricture, surgical trial recruitment, arthritic care in care homes, and informal care of people with rheumatoid arthritis. In 2015 I joined the University of Bristol to conduct qualitative research within surgical trials, one as an intervention for prostate cancer and another for weight loss. I was also a Research Fellow at the University of the West of England collaborating with the University Hospitals Bristol on projects with allied health professionals.

I am a long-term member of the Medical Sociology Group of the British Sociological Association, and was a committee member between 2013 and 2018.


I am a medical sociologist with particular interests in the social determinants of health, health inclusion and justice, doctor-patient interaction, bioethics and citizenship and alternatives to evidence-based medicine. I have broad knowledge of social research methodology and have conducted qualitative and quantitative research within a range of healthcare settings.


View Paul's publications on ORCID.

Selected publications

Bradshaw, E., McClellan, C., Whybrow, P., & Cramp, F. (2019). Physiotherapy outcome measures of haemophilia acute bleed episodes: What matters to patients?. Haemophilia. https://doi.org/10.1111/hae.13840

Shen, J., Breckons, M., Vale, L., Pickard, R., & OPEN trial investigators. (2019). Using Time Trade-Off Methods to Elicit Short-Term Utilities Associated with Treatments for Bulbar Urethral Stricture. PharmacoEconomics-open, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41669-019-0133-4

Elliott, D., Hamdy, F. C., Leslie, T. A., Rosario, D., Dudderidge, T., Hindley, R., Emberton, M., Brewster, S., Dudderridge, T., Hindley, R.,Ahmed, H., Whybrow, P., le Conte, S., Donovan, J. (2018). Overcoming difficulties with equipoise to enable recruitment to a randomised controlled trial of partial ablation versus radical prostatectomy for unilateral localised prostate cancer. BJU international. https://doi.org/10.1111/bju.14432

Whybrow, P., Kay, L., Thompson, B., Aspray, T., Duncan, R., (2018) Assessing the need for arthritis training among paid carers in UK residential homes. Musculoskeletal Care. DOI:10.1002/msc.1211

Paramasivan, S., Rogers, C., Mazza, G., Welbourne, R., Andrews, R. C., Byrne, J. P., Mahon, D., Noble, H., Kelly, J., Salter, N., Whybrow, P., Wilson, C., Blazeby, J. M., Donovan, J. L. (2017) Enabling recruitment success in bariatric surgical trials: pilot phase of the By-Band-Sleeve study. International Journal of Obesity. DOI:10.1038/ijo2017.153

Whybrow, P., Pickard, R., Hrisos, S., and Rapley, T. (2017) Equipoise across the patient population: optimising recruitment to a randomised controlled trial. Trials. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-016-1711-8

Hanson, H., O’Brien, Whybrow, P., Rapley, T. (2016) “Drug breakthrough offers help to suffers”: a qualitative analysis of medical research in UK newspapers. Health Expectations. DOI: 10.1111/hex.12460

Lee, R., Thompson, B., Whybrow, P., Rapley, T. (2016) Talking about looking: interviewing carers of people with rheumatoid arthritis about information seeking. Qualitative Health Research. DOI: 10.1177/1049732315599373

Whybrow, P., Pickard, Rapley, T., T. Hrisos, S. (2015) How men manage bulbar urethral stricture by concealing symptoms. Qualitative Health Research. DOI: 10.1177/1049732315573208