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?
2019
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
2019
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
2018
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
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK535332/

 

Acceptability and design of video-based research on healthcare communication: evidence and recommendations
2016
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
2016
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
2014
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
2013
R Parry
Research on Language & Social Interaction 46 (2), 105-124

 

Distribution of Agency across Body and Self
2017
R Parry  In Enfield N and Kockelman P Distributed Agency, Oxford University Press