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Dr Tom Crocker

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Associate Professor of Stroke Care

ORCID 0000-0001-7450-3143

Tom is an applied health researcher with a background in economics and health informatics. Over the past decade he has worked on multiple stroke projects including design and evaluation of a self-management intervention to enhance the quality of life of stroke survivors and their carers in the longer term (LoTS-2-Care programme) and leading a Cochrane review of information provision for stroke survivors and their carers.

Tom looks forward to helping the department continue to deliver world-leading, innovative research with real-world relevance.

Tom has a special interest in systems approaches to health services research and the meaning and measurement of quality of life. He has substantial experience with qualitative and quantitative methods, and particular expertise in systematic review methods.

Tom is lead author for three Cochrane reviews: physical rehabilitation for older people in long-term care, information provision for stroke patients and their carers, and an overview of non‐pharmacological interventions for longer‐term stroke survivors or their carers. He has a coordinating role on other reviews within the Ageing and Stroke Research team.

Tom is co-supervising Louisa Burton’s PhD study “Talking about recovery after stroke: How do we do it and how can we do better?”

Tom has a PhD studying the organisation of renal anaemia management and its relationship to performance in UK renal centres using a case study approach informed by ethnography and health informatics.

Recent Funding Awarded

Goodwin V, Whitney J, Cockroft E, Frost J, Crocker T, Hamilton F, Del Din S, Lamb S, Lyndon H, Hulme C, Clegg A, Creanor S, Sanders T. Digital and Remote Enhancements for the Assessment and Management of older people living with frailty (DREAM) NIHR Programme Development Grant £149,463.00; 01/01/2022-31/03/2023

Clegg A, Crocker T, Ensor J, Forster A, Gladman J, Riley R. Community-based complex interventions to sustain independence in older people, stratified by frailty: a systematic review and network meta-analysis NIHR HTA £341,999.04; 01/04/2020-31/03/2022

Recent Publications

Crocker TF, Ensor J, Lam N, Jordão M, Bajpai R, Bond M, Forster A, Riley R, Andre D, Brundle C, Ellwood A, Green J, Hale M, Mirza L, Morgan J, Patel I, Patetsini E, Prescott M, Ramiz R, Todd O, Walford R, Gladman J, Clegg A. Community based complex interventions to sustain independence in older people: systematic review and network meta-analysis BMJ 2024; 384 :e077764. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj-2023-077764

Lam N, Green J, Hallas S, Forster A, Crocker TF, Andre D, Ellwood A, Clegg A, Brown L, on behalf of the POPPY Programme Group. Mapping review of pain management programmes and psychological therapies for community-dwelling older people living with pain. European Geriatric Medicine 2023; https://doi.org/10.1007/s41999-023-00871-1

Crocker TF, Lam N, Jordão M, Brundle C, Prescott M, Forster A, Ensor J, Gladman J, Clegg A. Risk-of-bias assessment using Cochrane’s revised tool for randomized trials (RoB 2) was useful but challenging and resource-intensive: observations from a systematic review. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2023;161:39-45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2023.06.015

Forster A, Ozer S, Brindle R. Barnard L, Hardicre N, Crocker TF, Chenery M, Moreau L, Wright A, Burton LJ, Hartley S, Hulme C, Dawkins B, Holloway I, House A, Hewison J, Farrin A, on behalf of the LoTS2Care Programme Team. An intervention to support stroke survivors and their carers in the longer term: results of a cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial (LoTS2Care). Pilot Feasibility Studies 2023;9(40): https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-023-01258-6

Crocker TF, Brown L, Lam N, Wray F, Knapp P, Forster A. Information provision for stroke survivors and their carers: Cochrane review. Stroke 2022;53(7):e269-e270. doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.121.038162

Crocker TF, Brown L, Lam N, Wray F, Knapp P, Forster A. Information provision for stroke survivors and their carers. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2021, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD001919. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.cd001919.pub4

Forster A, Godfrey M, Green J, McMaster N, Airlie J, Cundill B, Lawton R, Hawkins R, Hulme C, Birch K, Brown L, Cicero R, Crocker T, Dawkins B, Ellard D, Ellwood A, Firth J, Gallagher B, Graham L, Johnson L, Lusambili A, Marti J, McCrorie C, McLellen V, Patel I, Prashar A, Siddiqi N, Trépel D, Wheeler I, Wright A, Young J, Farrin A. Strategies to enhance routine physical activity in care home residents: the REACH research programme including a cluster feasibility RCT. Programme Grants Applied Research 2021;9(9). https://doi.org/10.3310/pgfar09090

Burton L, Forster A, Johnson J, Crocker TF, Tyson SF, Wray F, Clarke DJ. Experiences and views of receiving and delivering information about recovery in acquired neurological conditions: a systematic review of qualitative literature. BMJ Open 2021;11:e045297. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-045297

Forster A, Ozer S, Crocker T F, House A, Hewison J, Roberts E, Dickerson J, Carter G, Hulme C, Fay M, Richardson G, Wright A, McKevitt C, McEachan R, Foy R, Barnard L, Moreau L, Prashar A, Clarke D, Hardicre N, Holloway I, Brindle R, Hall J, Burton L, Atkinson R, Hawkins R J, Brown L, Cornwall N, Dawkins B, Meads D, Schmitt L, Fletcher M, Speed M, Grenfell K, Hartley S, Young J & Farrin A. Longer-term health and social care strategies for stroke survivors and their carers: the LoTS2Care research programme including cluster feasibility RCT. Programme Grants for Applied Research Volume 2021;9(3).

Crocker TF, Clegg A, Riley RD, Lam N, Bajpai R, Jordão M, Patetsini E, Ramiz R, Ensor J, Forster A, Gladman JRF. Community-based complex interventions to sustain independence in older people, stratified by frailty: a protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMJ Open 2021;11(2):e045637. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-045637

Hall JF, Crocker TF, Clarke DJ. Forster A. Supporting carers of stroke survivors to reduce carer burden: development of the Preparing is Caring intervention using Intervention Mapping. BMC Public Health 2019;19:1408; doi:10.1186/s12889-019-7615

Crocker TF, Ozer S, Brown L, Hall J, Forster A. Non‐pharmacological interventions for longer‐term stroke survivors or their carers: an overview of Cochrane Reviews. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2019; Issue 4. Art. No.: CD013317. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD013317.

Crocker TF, Brown L, Clegg A, Farley K, Franklin M, Simpkins S. Young J. Quality of life is substantially worse for community-dwelling older people living with frailty: systematic review and meta-analysis. Quality of Life Research 2019;28:2041–2056 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-019-02149-1

Hardicre NK, Crocker TF, Wright A, Burton LJ, Ozer S, Atkinson R, House A, Hewison J, McKevitt C, Forster A, Farrin AJ & on behalf of the LoTS2Care Programme Management Group. An intervention to support stroke survivors and their carers in the longer term (LoTS2Care): study protocol for the process evaluation of a cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial. Trials 2018;19(1):368. doi: 10.1186/s13063-018-2683-7

Forster A, Crocker T, Wright A, Barnard L, Ozer S, Atkinson R, Hardicre NK, House A, Hewison J, McKevitt C, Farrin AJ and on behalf of the LoTS2Care Programme Management Group. An intervention to support stroke survivors and their carers in the longer term (LoTS2Care): study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial. Trials (2018) 19(1):317. doi:10.1186/s13063-018-2669-5

Hardicre NK, Crocker TF, Wright A, Burton LJ, Ozer S, Atkinson R, et al. An intervention to support stroke survivors and their carers in the longer term (LoTS2Care): study protocol for the process evaluation of a cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial. Trials 2018;1119(1):368.

Forster A, Hartley S, Barnard L, Ozer S, Hardicre N, Crocker T, et al. An intervention to support stroke survivors and their carers in the longer term (LoTS2Care): study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial. Trials 2018;19(1):317. doi:10.1186/s13063-018-2669-5

Brown L, Forster A, Young J, Crocker T, Benham A, Langhorne P, Day Hospital Group. Medical day hospital care for older people versus alternative forms of care. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015;6. Art. No.: CD001730. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD001730.pub3.

Crocker TF, Smith JK, Skevington SM. Family and professionals underestimate quality of life across diverse cultures and health conditions: Systematic review. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2015;68(5):584-595.

Forster A, Dickerson J, Hall J, Crocker T, House A, Hewison J, MacEachan R, McKevitt C, Foy R, Farrin A. Development and evaluation of strategies to provide longer-term health and social care for stroke survivors and their carers International Journal of Stroke 2014;9:250.

Crocker T, Young J, Forster A, Brown L, Ozer S, Greenwood DC. The effect of physical rehabilitation on activities of daily living in older residents of long-term care facilities: systematic review with meta-analysis. Age Ageing 2013;42(6):682-8.

Crocker T, Forster A, Young J, Brown L, Ozer S, Smith J, Green J, Hardy J, Burns E, Glidewell E, Greenwood DC. Physical rehabilitation for older people in long-term care. Cochrane Database Systematic ReviewsCD004294 2013; (DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004294).

Conference Presentations/Published:

Crocker TF, Lam N, Ensor J, Jordão M, Bajpai R, Bond M, Forster A, Riley R, Gladman J, Clegg A; complex interventions review team. Community-based complex interventions to sustain independence in older people: systematic review and network meta-analysis. Presented at the British Geriatrics Society Spring Conference 2023. May 17-19: Edinburgh, UK. Winner of the Elizabeth Brown Prize for the best scientific platform presentation.

Crocker TF, Jordão M, Lam N, Ellwood A, Mirza L, Patel I, Patetsini, E, Ramiz R, Forster A, Clegg A, Gladman J; complex interventions review team. A typology of community-based complex interventions to sustain independence in older people. Presented at the British Geriatrics Society Spring Conference 2023. May 17-19: Edinburgh, UK.