Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Anu Vaittinen

Research Associate



Dr. Anu Vaittinen completed her PhD in 2014. Since 2015 she has been part of the Institute of Health and Society working as a research associate on a range of projects spanning across disciplines. Anu’s research interests include: health, physical activity and sport, ageing, health, illness and physical activity in exercise rehabilitation (cardiac rehabilitation in particular), patient safety, service evaluations, and patient and public involvement in healthcare research. Furthermore, she has expertise in sociological phenomenology, gender and sensory studies. Anu is particularly skilled at qualitative research methods including ethnography, co-design methods, interviews, focus group research and innovative qualitative methods (visual methods, auto-ethnography and sensory ethnography ). In 2016 she was awarded Newcastle Institute of Ageing early-career grant for an exploratory study into chronic illness, gender and the ageing body:

She is currently embedded in within the health and social care (including primary care) research theme and is currently working on a qualitative evaluation of the PASTA Trial into enhanced paramedic assessment of stroke and a mixed methods study led the University of Bristol in collaboration with Newcastle University exploring the impact of GP’s working alongside emergency departments. Anu has primarily been involved in qualitative research on a range of studies. These include but are not limited to: role of patients’ and families in patient safety within primary care, qualitative evaluation of a INVOLVE public consultation of National PPI/E standards, shared decision making within the clinical consultation, feasibility study of health literacy in primary care and service evaluation of the NHS111 phase 2 learning and development programme.


2014 PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, Newcastle University
2009 MA in Sociology and Social Research, Newcastle University
2007 BSc (Hons) Sport Management, Northumbria University

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