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Dr Lindsay Forbes MBBS, BSc, MSc (Public Health), MD MRCP(UK), FFPH

Senior Clinical Research Fellow (Public Health)



As a public health physician, I support the public health research of the Centre, providing advice and leadership, I also teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students. My expertise is in designing and evaluating interventions and services to improve patient and public outcomes. Over the last few years I have focused on pathways to cancer diagnosis and information for the public about cancer screening. I also have expertise in respiratory and cardiovascular epidemiology.

I joined CHSS in January 2016 from King’s College London and Queen Mary, University of London. In this role I was one of the Principal Investigators of the Department of Health Policy Research Unit on cancer awareness, screening and early diagnosis. I researched international, ethnic and socioeconomic differences in cancer awareness and beliefs and led the evaluation of a unique health professional-delivered intervention to promote early presentation of breast cancer. I advised the Department of Health on the Be Clear on Cancer Know4Sure and breast cancer awareness campaigns.

During 2011-13 I played a major role in developing an innovative evidence-based approach to information about cancer screening on behalf of the NHS Cancer Screening Programme, aiming to offer informed choice. Previously I was consultant in public health medicine in Wandsworth PCT, where I was clinical effectiveness lead and provided public health advice on commissioning. While in this role I also studied the association between air pollution and cardiovascular and respiratory disease risk factors using Health Survey for England data at St George’s, University of London.

In the 1990s, I studied health service use for asthma emergencies in children, the association between female sex hormones and asthma, the effect of volcanic ash on respiratory symptoms and lung function, during my specialist training in public health medicine. Before this, I worked for several years in acute medicine.


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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Pedersen, A. et al. (2018). Negative cancer beliefs, recognition of cancer symptoms and anticipated times to help-seeking: an international cancer benchmarking partnership (ICBP) study. BMC Cancer [Online] 18. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12885-018-4287-8.
O'Shea, S. et al. (2017). Which symptoms are linked to a delayed presentation among melanoma patients? A retrospective study. BMC Cancer [Online] 17:1-6. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12885-016-2978-6.
Dodd, R. et al. (2017). Promoting early presentation of breast cancer in older women: sustained effect of an intervention to promote breast cancer awareness in routine clinical practice. Bmc Health Services Research [Online] 17:386. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-017-2335-8.
Donnelly, C. et al. (2017). Do perceived barriers to clinical presentation affect anticipated time to presenting with cancer symptoms: An ICBP Study. European Journal of Public Health [Online] 27:1-25. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckx064.
Forbes, L. et al. (2017). Systematic review of the role of the Quality and Outcomes Framework in the care of long-term conditions. British Journal of General Practice [Online] 67:e775-e784. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X693077.
Niksic, M. et al. (2016). Ethnic differences in cancer symptom awareness and barriers to seeking medical help in England. British Journal of Cancer [Online] 115:136-144. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2016.158.
Niksic, M. et al. (2016). Is Cancer survival associated with cancer symptom awareness and barriers to seeking medical help in England? An ecological study. British Journal of Cancer [Online] 115:876 -886. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2016.246.
Crossman, T. et al. (2016). The role of general practice in the diagnosis of oral cancer. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery [Online] 54:208-212. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bjoms.2015.11.003.
Kaushal, A. et al. (2016). Promoting Early Presentation intervention sustains increased breast cancer awareness in older women for three years: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Screening [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0969141316667408.
Quaife, S. et al. (2015). Socioeconomic inequalities in attitudes to cancer: an international cancer benchmarking study. European Journal of Cancer Prevention [Online] 24:253-260. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/CEJ.0000000000000140.
Campbell, J. et al. (2015). Promoting early presentation of breast cancer in women over 70 years old in general practice. Journal of Public Health [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdv125.
Niksic, M. et al. (2015). Cancer symptom awareness and barriers to symptomatic presentation in England – Are we clear on cancer? British Journal of Cancer [Online] 113:533-542. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2015.164.
Howell, D. et al. (2015). Risk factors for delay in symptomatic presentation of leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. British Journal of Cancer [Online] 113:1114-1120. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2015.311.
Quaife, S. et al. (2014). Recognition of cancer warning signs and anticipated time to help-seeking in a population sample of adults in the UK. British Journal of Cancer [Online] 110:12-18. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2013.684.
Forbes, L. et al. (2014). Risk factors for delay in symptomatic presentation: a survey of cancer patients. British Journal of Cancer [Online] 114:581-588. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2014.304.
Jones, C. et al. (2014). A systematic review of barriers to early presentation and diagnosis with cancer among Black women. BMJ Open [Online] 4:e004076. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004076.
Forbes, L. and Ramirez, A. (2014). Communicating the Benefits and Harms of Cancer Screening. Current Oncology Reports [Online] 16. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11912-014-0382-4.
Forbes, L. et al. (2014). Offering informed choice about breast screening. Journal of Medical Screening [Online] 21:194-200. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0969141314555350.
Forster, A. et al. (2014). Promoting early presentation of breast cancer: a preliminary evaluation of a written intervention. Chronic Illness [Online] 10:18-30. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1742395313484071.
Lim, A. et al. (2014). Delays in diagnosis of young women with symptomatic cervical cancer in England: an interview-based study. British Journal of General Practice [Online] 64:e602-e610. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3399/bjgp14X681757.
Brain, K. et al. (2014). Ovarian cancer symptom awareness and anticipated delayed presentation in a population sample. BMC Cancer [Online] 14. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2407-14-171.
Total publications in KAR: 21 [See all in KAR]
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