Dr Karen Kearly

Dr Karen Kearley is a UK General Practitioner and Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Primary Care and Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford. She visited the centre for a 3-month sabbatical in 2011 to work with Professor Paul Glasziou, whilst completing a Cochrane review, ‘B-type natriuretic peptide guided treatment for heart failure’. Her current research includes a retrospective cohort study analysing the scale of overprescribing of inhalers in primary care and its relationship to morbidity, using data from the UK General Practice Research Database. She is also undertaking a diagnostic accuracy study to determine the best way to screen for atrial fibrillation in primary care. She is committed to improving the accessibility of psychological therapies for patients in primary care and has developed an innovative cognitive-behavioural skills training programme for medical students at Oxford, which includes supervised casework in her own practice. She is also the lead author for the RCGP’s freely available e-learning programme, ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’, which aims to promote and enhance relevant skills in medical practitioners.