Ruth is based in the Centre for Research on Communication and Culture, with a focus particularly on interaction. She began her career as a physiotherapist in the NHS, and in her subsequent academic career has focused in particular on healthcare interactions and rehabilitation.

Ruth uses audio-visual recordings of real life interactions and an approach known as ‘conversation analysis’ to capture and understand how we attempt and accomplish things with one another via communication.

She has interests in difficult communication tasks: e.g. telling someone else what is wrong with their motor performance, talking about dreaded issues such as illness progression and dying. Ruth's other key area of interest is in using analysis of recordings to generate insights into what somewhat nebulous concepts (dignity, patient-centred care) look like in practice.

In recent years, with her team, Ruth has been developing and piloting a set of communication training resources called ‘Real Talk’ which incorporate both clips from real life recordings and evidence from cutting edge observational communication science. The resources are designed for use by communication trainers within their work in NHS, higher education, and hospice settings.

What do displays of empathy do in palliative care consultations?
J Ford, A Hepburn, R Parry
Discourse Studies 21 (1), 22-37


How and when do patients request life-expectancy estimates? Evidence from hospice medical consultations and insights for practice
M Pino, R Parry
Patient education and counseling 102 (2), 223-237


Communication between people living with dementia and healthcare practitioners in hospital: developing and evaluating a staff training intervention: the VOICE study
RH Harwood, R O'Brien, SE Goldberg, R Allwood, A Pilnick, S Beeke, L Thomson, M Murray, R Parry, F Kearney, B Baxendale, K Sartain, J Schneider
NIHR Journals Library


Acceptability and design of video-based research on healthcare communication: evidence and recommendations
R Parry, M Pino, C Faull, L Feathers
Patient education and counseling 99 (8), 1271-1284

Engaging terminally ill patients in end of life talk: how experienced palliative medicine doctors navigate the dilemma of promoting discussions about dying
M Pino, R Parry, V Land, C Faull, L Feathers, J Seymour
PloS one 11 (5), e0156174

How to communicate with patients about future illness progression and end of life: a systematic review
R Parry, V Land, J Seymour
BMJ supportive & palliative care 4 (4), 331-341


Giving reasons for doing something now or at some other time
R Parry
Research on Language & Social Interaction 46 (2), 105-124


Distribution of Agency across Body and Self
R Parry  In Enfield N and Kockelman P Distributed Agency, Oxford University Press