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Dr Robert Pralat

Research Associate

Robert is a medical sociologist specialising in applying qualitative research methods to understand how social norms and cultural values shape clinical practice and the organisation of healthcare.

Robert has a BSc in Psychology and an MA in Gender Studies from the University of Leeds, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge. He previously held various roles in the Department of Sociology at Cambridge where, most recently, he was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and the medical sociology subject manager on the MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society. Before moving to Cambridge, he worked in the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV Research at UCL and in the Office for Public Management, where he contributed to various projects aimed at the improvement of public services. Robert serves on the editorial board of Sociology of Health & Illness and was previously on the editorial board of Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online. At THIS Institute, he is conducting research on patient safety and end-of-life care.

Research Interests

Robert is experienced in studying communication between patients and clinicians, with a focus on how what people think relates to what they say when interacting with others. His recent work has examined such interactions in the context of sexual and reproductive health. He is also interested in broader organisational cultures of healthcare systems and in ethical dilemmas facing individuals within healthcare organisations.

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