Dr Paul Whybrow


Lecturer in Health and Society

Role at Hull York Medical School

As the academic lead for the Health and Society theme, Paul steers curriculum development and delivery around epidemiology, medical sociology, health economics and health psychology. The theme is part of Hull York a distinctive approach, with an emphasis on person-centred care, health inclusion and scholarship based medicine.


Paul is a medical sociologist and methodologist interested in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding medical practices, population health and social inequities.

Paul has BSc in Sociology and an MA in Social Research Methods. He received his doctorate in 2013 for his research into the social patterning of physical activity in urban environments. During this time, he also worked at the Scottish Government studying health inequity (Whybrow, et al. 2013).

As a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Newcastle, Paul 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, he worked at the University of Bristol conducting qualitative research within randomised controlled surgical trials. He also worked as Research Fellow at the University of the West of England and an honorary fellow at University Hospitals Bristol.

Paul is long-term member and supporter of the Medical Sociology Group of the British Sociological Association, where he was a committee member 2013 and 2018.

Paul joined Hull York medical school in 2019 as academic lead for the health and society theme of the MBBS.


Paul’s previous research includes health equity, physical activity and trial design and recruitment. He is interested in social determinants of health, health inclusion, doctor-patient relationships, bioethics and citizenship and alternatives to scholarship based medicine.


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