Dr Fiona Walter

Dr Fiona Walter


Department of Public Health and Primary Care
School of Clinical Medicine

Principal Researcher

Fiona’s portfolio of research is based in primary care, and focuses on the cancer continuum, including prevention, screening, early detection, diagnostic pathways, and follow-up care. Her research methods are wide ranging and currently include qualitative and mixed methods research, randomised controlled trials, cohort studies, and systematic reviews. Current projects are investigating skin, lung, colorectal, pancreatic, brain and oesophago-gastric cancer, and include the NIHR-funded MelaTools Programme (aiming to optimise early diagnosis of melanoma through GP and patient-centred approaches), the CRUK-funded ECASS trial (evaluating computerised clinical decision support for symptoms of upper GI cancer), the MRC-funded POSTCARD study (using mixed methods to understand the patient pathway to upper GI cancer diagnosis), and The Brain Tumour Charity-funded BRAcED study (an in-depth qualitative study of patients newly diagnosed with brain cancer).

She has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and collaborates with primary care researchers across the UK, Europe and Australia. Fiona chairs the Early Diagnosis sub-group of the NCRI’s Primary Care Clinical Studies Group (CSG) and is also a member of the NCRI’s Skin Cancer, and Screening, Prevention and Early Diagnosis groups. She is Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia.

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