Honorary Research Fellow
BSc, MB BS, DRCOG, DCH, FRCGP, MPhil, PhD
My University of Stirling web page is: https://rms.stir.ac.uk/converis-stirling/person/18455
The e mail address I access most often is: email@example.com
I currently hold a Chair in Primary Care at the University of Stirling, working across both Stirling and Highland campuses. Until 1998 I worked as a GP trainer in the East End of London and then moved to rural Aberdeenshire, where I combined general practice with research at the University of Aberdeen. My first post was at The Centre for Rural Health, then in 2008 I joined The Public Health Nutrition Research Group and in 2010 the Health Services Research Unit. I held a Chief Scientist Office Primary Care Career Award and have twice won the RCGP/Boots research paper of the year award. My main research focus is on the design and delivery of complex interventions to support healthy behaviours, particularly around childbirth. My methodological expertise is in applying qualitative research to the design and delivery of randomised controlled trials, ecological approaches to understanding behaviour and in particular the interactions between health service systems and individual behaviour change. This research programme spans many disciplines which cut across primary, secondary and community care together with public health.
Qualitative research, particularly in the context of complex intervention trials. Systems approaches to understanding behaviour change. Action research and participatory methods. Infant feeding. Health impovement
Incentives for breastfeeding and smoking cessation in pregnancy
Optimising how qualitative research is applied in randomised controlled trials
Proactive telephone to support breastfeeding women
The management of obesity in adult men
Weight loss interventions for women treated for breast cancer
Weight loss interventions for older people
BIBS: Benefits of Incentives for Breastfeeding and Smoking cessation. A platform
study for a trial. NIHR/HTA commissioned call 10/31/02. Hoddinott P (PI), Bauld L, Campbell MC, Dykes F, Ludbrook A, Sniehotta F, Tappin D.
Systematic reviews and integrated report on the quantitative and qualitative evidence base for the management of obesity in adult men. NIHR/HTA Obesity Themed Call 09/127/01. Avenell A, Douglas F, Hoddinott P, van Teijlingen E.
Feasibility study for a weight loss intervention for Breast Cancer. CRANES and The University of Aberdeen Development Trust, Heys S (PI), McNeill G, Clark J, Hoddinott P.
Ways to Intervene and Support Engagement of Older adults Weight Loss Study (WISE OWLS). Chief Scientist’s Office of the Scottish Government Health Directorate. Kiezebrink K, Clarke A, Avenell A, Hoddinott P, Witham M.
PETER-FEST: Proactive telephone care for breastfeeding women delivered by a dedicated feeding support team in a rural community. NHS Grampian. Humphrey T, Hoddinott P, Lau A, Penman K, Bellizzi M.
A randomized controlled trial of proactive breastfeeding telephone support for mothers of preterm infants. VR/Formas/VINNOVA/FAS; The Center for Clinical Research Dalarna; The Örebro-Uppsala Regional Research Council; Sweden. Flacking R, Eriksson M, Olsson H, Ericson J, Hoddinott P.
FEST (FEeding Support Team) trial of proactive telephone support for breastfeeding women. NHS Grampian. Hoddinott P (PI), Craig, L, McNicol J, Humphrey T, Riach J.
A prospective study exploring the early infant feeding experiences of parents and their significant others during the first 6 months of life. NHS Health Scotland Research Grant. Ref: RE031. Hoddinott P (PI), Craig L, McInnes R.
PhD and MSc student supervision
Teaching on the Qualitative Research Methods course
Supervision and mentoring of research fellows learning qualitative research methods
UNICEF UK National Infant Feeding Committee
Contributions to Journals
- Robertson, C., Archibald, D., Avenell, A., Douglas, F., Hoddinott, P., van Teijlingen, E., Boyers, D., Stewart, F., Boachie, C., Fioratou, E., Wilkins, D., Street, T., Carroll, P. & Fowler, C. (2014). 'Systematic reviews of and integrated report on the quantitative, qualitative and economic evidence base for the management of obesity in men'. Health Technology Assessment, vol 18, no. 35, pp. v-vi, xxiii-xxix, 1-424.
[Online] DOI: 10.3310/hta18350
[Online] AURA: Robertson_2014.pdf
- Hoddinott, P., Morgan, H., MacLennan, G., Sewel, K., Thomson, G., Bauld, L., Yi, D., Ludbrook, A. & Campbell, MK. (2014). 'Public acceptability of financial incentives for smoking cessation in pregnancy and breast feeding: a survey of the British public'. BMJ Open, vol 4, no. 7, e005524.
[Online] DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005524
- McInnes, RJ., Hoddinott, P., Britten, J., Darwent, K. & Craig, LCA. (2013). 'Significant others, situations and infant feeding behaviour change processes: a serial qualitative interview study'. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 13, no. -, 114.
[Online] DOI: 10.1186/1471-2393-13-114
- Hoddinott, P., Craig, LCA., Britten, J. & McInnes, RM. (2012). 'A serial qualitative interview study of infant feeding experiences: idealism meets realism'. BMJ Open, vol 2, no. 2, e000504.
[Online] DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000504
[Online] AURA: Hoddinott_2012.pdf
- Thomson, G., Dykes, FC., Hurley, MA. & Hoddinott, P. (2012). 'Incentives as connectors: insights into a breastfeeding incentive intervention in a disadvantaged area of North-West England'. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 12, no. 1, pp. 22.
[Online] DOI: 10.1186/1471-2393-12-22
[Online] AURA: Thomson_2012.pdf
- Hoddinott, P., Craig, L., Maclennan, G., Boyers, D., Vale, L. & On behalf of the NHS Grampian and the University of Aberdeen FEST Project Team (2012). 'The FEeding Support Team (FEST) randomised, controlled feasibility trial of proactive and reactive telephone support for breastfeeding women living in disadvantaged areas'. BMJ Open, vol 2, no. 2, e000652.
[Online] DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000652
[Online] AURA: Hoddinott_2012.pdf
- Hoddinott, P., Craig, L., Maclennan, G., Boyers, D., Vale, L. & On behalf of the NHS Grampian and the University of Aberdeen FEST project team (2012). 'Process evaluation for the FEeding Support Team (FEST) randomised controlled feasibility trial of proactive and reactive telephone support for breastfeeding women living in disadvantaged areas'. BMJ Open, vol 2, no. 2, e001039.
[Online] DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001039
[Online] AURA: Hoddinott_2012.pdf
- Karen Allan, K., Hoddinott, P. & Avenell, A. (2011). 'A Qualitative Study Comparing Commercial and Health Service Weight Loss Groups, Classes and Clubs'. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, vol 24, no. 1, pp. 23-31.
[Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-277X.2010.01110.x
[Online] AURA: Allan_2011.pdf
- Hoddinott, P., Britten, RJ. & Pill, R. (2010). 'Why do interventions work in some places and not others: A breastfeeding support group trial'. Social Science & Medicine, vol 70, no. 5, pp. 769-778.
[Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.10.067
- Hoddinott, P., Allan, K., Avenell, A. & Britten, RJ. (2010). 'Group interventions to improve health outcomes: a framework for their design and delivery'. BMC Public Health, vol 10:800, pp. 10:800..
[Online] DOI: doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-800
[Online] AURA: Hoddinott%202010.pdf
- Roberts, A., Hoddinott, P., Heaney, D. & Bryers, H. (2009). 'The use of video support for infant feeding after hospital discharge: a study in remote and rural Scotland'. Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol 5, no. 4, pp. 347-357.
[Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1740-8709.2009.00184.x
- Hoddinott, P., Kroll, T., Raja, A. & Lee, AJ. (2009). 'Seeing other women breastfeed: how vicarious experience relates to breastfeeding intention and behaviour'. Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol 6, no. 2, pp. 134 -146.
[Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1740-8709.2009.00189.x
- Hoddinott, P., Britten, J., Prescott, GJ., Tappin, D., Ludbrook, A. & Godden, DJ. (2009). 'Effectiveness of policy to provide breastfeeding groups (BIG) for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in primary care: cluster randomised controlled trial'. British Medical Journal, vol 338, no. -, a3206.
[Online] DOI: 10.1136/bmj.a3026
[Online] AURA: BIG%20BMJ%20a3026%20Jan%202009.pdf
- Hoddinott, P., Tappin, D. & Wright, C. (2008). 'Breast feeding: A Clinical Review'. British Medical Journal, vol 336, pp. 881-887.
[Online] DOI: 10.1136/bmj.39521.566296.BE
- Hoddinott, P., Pill, R. & Chalmers, M. (2007). 'Health professionals, implementation and outcomes: Reflections on a complex intervention to improve breastfeeding rates in primary care'. Family Practice, vol 24, no. 1, pp. 84-91.
[Online] DOI: 10.1093/fampra/cml061
- Hoddinott, P., Britten, RJ., Harrild, KA. & Godden, DJ. (2007). 'Recruitment issues when primary care population clusters are used in randomised controlled clinical trials: Climbing mountains or pushing boulders uphill?'. Contemporary Clinical Trials, vol 28, no. 3, pp. 232-241.
[Online] DOI: 10.1016/J.CCT.2006.08.004
- Chambers, J., McInnes, RJ., Hoddinott, P. & Alder, EM. (2007). 'A systematic review of measures assessing mothers’ knowledge, attitudes, confidence and satisfaction towards breastfeeding'. Breastfeeding Review, vol 15, no. 3, pp. 17-25.
- Hoddinott, P., Pill, R. & Chalmers, M. (2006). 'One-to-one or group based peer support for breastfeeding? Women's perceptions of a breastfeeding peer coaching intervention'. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, vol 33, no. 2, pp. 139-146.
[Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.0730-7659.2006.00092.x
- Britten, RJ., Hoddinott, P. & McInnes, RJ. (2006). 'Breastfeeding peer support: a descriptive study of health service programmes in Scotland'. British Journal of Midwifery, vol 14, no. 4.
- Hoddinott, P. (2006). 'Promoting and Sustaining breastfeeding in primary care'. Scottish Primary Care, vol 53, no. 18.
- Russell, B., Richards, H., Jones, A. & Hoddinott, P. (2004). '"Breakfast, lunch and dinner": attitudes to infant feeding amongst children in a Scottish primary school. A qualitative focus group study'. Health Education Journal, vol 63, no. 1, pp. 70-80.
- Hussey, S., Hoddinott, P., Wilson, P., Dowell, J. & Barbour, R. (2004). 'The sickness certification system: a qualitative study of the views of Scottish general practioners'. British Medical Journal, vol 328, pp. 88-91.
[Online] DOI: 10.1136/bmj.37949.656389.EE
- Hoddinott, P., Pill, R. & Simpson, JA. (2002). 'General practice consultation rates for mothers and babies in the first year after birth according to place of birth. A descriptive study in one general practice'. Primary Health Care Research and Development, vol 3, no. 4, pp. 212-225.
[Online] DOI: 10.1191/1463423602pc112oa
- Hoddinott, P. (2009). 'Coeliac disease: non-invasive diagnosis needed'. British Medical Journal, vol 338, b1070.
[Online] DOI: 10.1136/bmj.b1070
- Hoddinott, P. & Pill, R. (2001). 'Identifying which women will stop breast-feeding before 3 months in primary care: a pragmatic study (Letter)'. The British Journal of General Practice, vol 51, pp. 228-229.
- Hoddinott, P., Seyara, R. & Marais, D. (2011). 'Global evidence synthesis and UK idiosyncrasy: why have recent UK trials had no significant effects on breastfeeding rates?'. Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol 7, no. 3, pp. 221-227.
[Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1740-8709.2011.00336.x
Books and Reports
- Hoddinott, P., Craig, LCA., Britten, J. & McInnes, R. (2010). A prospective study exploring the early infant feeding experiences of parents and their significant others during the first 6 months of life: what would make a difference?. NHS Health Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.