Trisha Greenhalgh

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Trisha Greenhalgh

Born (1959-03-11) 11 March 1959 (age 64)
Academic background
Academic work
DisciplinePrimary health care
Notable works

Patricia Mary Greenhalgh OBE FRCP FRCGP FMedSci (born 11 March 1959) is a British professor of primary health care at the University of Oxford, and retired general practitioner.

Early life and education[edit]

Trisha Greenhalgh was born on 11 March 1959.[1] She attended Folkestone Grammar School.[2] She gained a BA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1980, and three years later graduated in medicine from the University of Oxford.[3]

Academic career[edit]

In April 2010, Greenhalgh was appointed Professor of Primary Health Care and Dean for Research Impact at Queen Mary University of London.[3] Her role included setting up and leading the Healthcare Innovation and Policy Unit in the Centre for Health Sciences at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.[4]

In January 2015, Trish Greenhalgh took up the post of Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford.[5]

In September 2016, she was one of 14 scientists, doctors, and policymakers who signed onto an open letter[6] to Prime Minister UK Theresa May calling for an inquiry into Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt's claim that inadequate weekend staffing at the National Health Service led to avoidable patient deaths.[7][8]

She is a Senior Investigator at the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR).[9]

She is the author/co-author of more than 580 peer-reviewed publications and 8 textbooks.[10][11]

How to Read a Paper, her widely-read book on how to assess medical research papers first appeared in 1997.[12] The sixth edition was published in 2019.[13]

With Liz O'Riordan, she co-authored The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer, published by Vermilionin in 2018.[14]

Honours and awards[edit]

She has twice won the Royal College of General Practitioners Research Paper of the Year Award.[15]

She accepted an OBE in 2001 for services to evidence based medical care.[16]

In 2006, she was one of the authors who received the Baxter Award from the European Health Management Association.[17]

She was elected to become a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2014.[15]

Selected publications[edit]


  • How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine. John Wiley & Sons. 2014. ISBN 978-1-118-80096-6.



  1. ^ "Greenhalgh, Prof. Patricia Mary, (Trisha), (Mrs Fraser Macfarlane), (born 11 March 1959), Professor of Primary Health Care Sciences, University of Oxford, since 2015". WHO'S WHO & WHO Was WHO. Oxford University Press. December 2017. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U256142. Retrieved 25 August 2023.
  2. ^ Greenhalgh, Trisha (6 June 1992). "Parenting should be taught in school". BMJ. 304 (6840): 1514. doi:10.1136/bmj.304.6840.1514. S2CID 220172004.
  3. ^ a b "Primary Care and Public Health staff: Greenhalgh, Trisha". Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Professor Trish Greenhalgh joins Queen Mary" (Press release). Queen Mary University of London. 14 April 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Trish Greenhalgh: Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences". University of Oxford. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  6. ^ Letters (15 September 2016). "The evidence of an NHS weekend effect is shaky | Letter from Neena Modi, David Owen, Robert Winston, Stephen Hawking and others". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  7. ^ editor, Denis Campbell Health policy (15 September 2016). "Doctors urge inquiry into Jeremy Hunt's NHS 'weekend effect' claims". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 October 2017. {{cite news}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  8. ^ Rebello, Lara (16 September 2016). "NHS 'weekend effect': Stephen Hawking and other scientists urge inquiry into Jeremy Hunt's claims". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  9. ^ "NIHR fellowship: review panels" (PDF). National Institute for Health Research. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Five Minutes with Trish Greenhalgh: "We need to be clear that research impact isn't a single dimension."". London School of Economics and Political Science. 2 September 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Publications: Patricia Greenhalgh". Queen Mary University of London. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  12. ^ Misiewicz, G (March 2002). "How to Read a Paper. T Greenhalgh. London: BMJ Publishing Group, 2001, £16.95, illustrated, pp 222. ISBN 0 7279 1578 9". Gut. 50 (3): 442. doi:10.1136/gut.50.3.442. S2CID 72886765.
  13. ^ "How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-based Medicine and Healthcare, 6th Edition". Wiley-Blackwell. April 2019. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  14. ^ Leadbeater, Maria (2 May 2019). "The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer: How to Feel Empowered and Take Control". Cancer Nursing Practice. 18 (3): 17. doi:10.7748/cnp.18.3.17.s17. S2CID 155812666.
  15. ^ a b "Fellows directory: Ordinary Fellows: Professor Trisha Greenhalgh". Academy of Medical Sciences. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  16. ^ "Public and voluntary sector honours: OBE". The Guardian. 30 December 2000. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  17. ^ "Health specialists win European award for best publication" (Press release). University College London. 29 June 2006. Retrieved 29 January 2015.

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