Professor Kate Thomas


Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research
School of Healthcare Studies
University of Leeds


Kate was appointed as Professor of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research at the University of Leeds in 2005. She previously worked at the University of Sheffield where she was Deputy Director of the Medical Care Research Unit in the Health Services Research Section of ScHARR.

Member of the UK NIHR Health Technology Assessment Research Commissioning Board
Member of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR)
Member and past- committee member of the Society for Social Medicine
Member of the Whole Systems Research Collaborative (UK, USA, Canada, Norway, Germany)
Academic Advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Traditional Chinese Medicine

Research Interests:
Her main research interests are in the evaluation of complementary therapies for use in the NHS, models of service delivery, and population and patient group patterns and levels of use and access to complementary therapies. Her methodological research interests include the application of mixed quantitative and qualitative research methods, the design of clinical trials for complex interventions and whole systems of health care, and patient-centred outcome measurement. She is currently supervising two doctoral students; one exploring acupuncture care for patients with beast cancer undergoing chemotherapy; and the other exploring healing practice pluralism amongst patients with ulcerative colitis.


MA, University of Sheffield
BA (Hons), University of Sussex


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