Mr Paul Wilson

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Position: Research Fellow

Research Interests

Use of research evidence to inform health policy and practice; evidence synthesis; dissemination and knowledge transfer; implementation research methods; mass media reporting of health research.


Paul is a Research Fellow in the NIHR CLAHRC for Greater Manchester ( He previously worked for the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York where his research focussed on promoting the uptake of evidence to inform decision making in practice and policy settings.

He is currently leading an NIHR HS&DR funded study to evaluate whether access to an evidence briefing service can enhance research evidence use by commissioners in the North East of England ( This study builds on previous work undertaken as part of the TRiP-LaB theme of the NIHR CLAHRC for Leeds, York and Bradford, where he created an evidence briefing service responsive to the needs of NHS commissioners and senior managers in provider Trusts.

Paul is an Associate Editor of the journal Implementation Science.

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  • Wilson, P., Farley, K., Bickerdike, L., Booth, A., Chambers, D., Lambert, M. E., ... Watt, I. S. (2017). Does access to a demand-led evidence briefing service improve uptake and use of research evidence by health service commissioners?: A controlled before and after study. Implementation Science. . Publication link: 5bb43f24-f570-4e9b-a7ca-eed57cf33664
  • Wilson, P., Sales, A. D., Wensing, M., Aarons, G., Flottorp, S., Glidewell, L., ... Straus, S. (2017). Enhancing the reporting of implementation research. Implementation Science. . Publication link: 8df4c841-fcf5-4499-8e7c-54c96e806f9c


  • Bickerdike, L., Booth, A., Wilson, P., Farley, K., & Wright, K. (2016). Social prescribing: less rhetoric and more reality.: A systematic review of the evidence. BMJ open. . Publication link: 1471b861-ee04-4484-90d0-f1ff904a4446
  • Kislov, R., Humphreys, J., Harvey, G., & Wilson, P. (2016). Distortion of implementation techniques in health care: The case of "facilitation". Paper presented at The 9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health, Washington, DC, United States.. Publication link: ab41c7d5-4879-4621-906f-de917dc546e4
  • Wilson, P., Farley, K., Bickerdike, L., Booth, A., Chambers, D., Lambert, M. E., ... Watt, I. S. (2016). Effects of a demand-led evidence briefing service on the uptake and use of research evidence by commissioners of health services: A controlled before-and-after study. Health Services and Delivery Research. . Publication link: d2e8d37a-06bd-4e9e-b49a-c45b45559249


  • Wilson, P. M., Farley, K., Thompson, C., Chambers, D., Bickerdike, L., Watt, I. S., ... Turner, R. (2015). Effects of a demand-led evidence briefing service on the uptake and use of research evidence by commissioners of health services: protocol for a controlled before and after study.Implementation Science, 10(1), [7]. DOI: doi:10.1186/s13012-014-0199-4. Publication link: f8692386-72aa-44b6-b0df-965666446798
  • Tabak, R. G., Reis, R. S., Wilson, P., & Brownson, R. C. (2015). Dissemination of Health-Related Research among Scientists in Three Countries: Access to Resources and Current Practices. BioMed Research International, [179156]. . Publication link: 86e96677-1e11-4b5e-b557-c9d583612e11


  • Chambers, D., Paton, F., Wilson, P., Eastwood, A., Craig, D., Fox, D., ... McGinnes, E. (2014). An overview and methodological assessment of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of enhanced recovery programmes in colorectal surgery. BMJ open, 4(5), [e005014]. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005014. Publication link: 49822264-74c9-4213-88d0-b9f8ebe5f258 | PubMed:24879828
  • Paton, F., Chambers, D., Wilson, P., Eastwood, A., Craig, D., Fox, D., ... McGinnes, E. (2014). Initiatives to reduce length of stay in acute hospital settings: a rapid synthesis of evidence relating to enhanced recovery programmes. (NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research). Southampton: NIHR Journals Library.. Publication link: d7e55904-5043-4925-ad4a-ddaa44a435bd



  • Hanbury, A., Farley, K., Thompson, C., Wilson, P., & Chambers, D. (2012). Challenges in identifying barriers to adoption in a theory-based implementation study: Lessons for future implementation studies. BMC health services research, 12(1), [422]. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-12-422. Publication link: 2af11362-dcc6-48b2-affb-70251b797303 | PubMed:23174000



  • Wilson, P. M., Petticrew, M., Calnan, M., & Nazareth, I. (2010). Effects of a financial incentive on health researchers' response to an online survey: a randomized controlled trial.Journal of medical Internet research, 12(2). DOI: 10.2196/jmir.1251. Publication link: f2d1bedc-a82a-4dfd-86cc-092149610997 | PubMed:20457556
  • Hanbury, A., Thompson, C., Wilson, P. M., Farley, K., Chambers, D., Warren, E., ... Gilbody, S. (2010). Translating research into practice in Leeds and Bradford (TRiPLaB): A protocol for a programme of research. Implementation Science, 5(1), [37]. DOI: 10.1186/1748-5908-5-37. Publication link: a18fc0e8-5681-4649-84b8-86e79d3a23b6 | PubMed:20492651



  • Thurston, S. J., Craig, D., Wilson, P., & Drummond, M. F. (2008). Increasing decision-makers' access to economic evaluations: Alternative methods of communicating the information. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 24(2), 151-157. DOI: 10.1017/S0266462308080215. Publication link: 0565ed07-9c17-417e-ab83-823c52363c50 | PubMed:18400117




  • Gilbody, S., Wilson, P., & Watt, I. (2004). Direct-to-consumer advertising of psychotropics: An emerging and evolving form of pharmaceutical company influence. British Journal of Psychiatry, 185(JULY), 1-2. DOI: 10.1192/bjp.185.1.1. Publication link: 1f39810a-4a11-448e-91b0-6e193bf417b7


  • Wilson, P., Glanville, J., & Watt, I. (2003). Access to the online evidence base in general practice: a survey of the Northern and Yorkshire Region.Health Information and Libraries Journal, 20(3), 172-178. . Publication link: 31eaabd2-7d9c-4986-944d-fde6d784e3da | PubMed:12919280
  • Wilson, P., O'Meara, S., Summerbell, C., & Kelly, S. (2003). The prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. Quality and Safety in Health Care, 12(1), 65-74. . Publication link: 025a6a12-4d50-4849-8aff-14f856a9e18a | PubMed:12571349
  • Glanville, J., Wilson, P., & Richardson, R. (2003). Accessing the online evidence: A guide to key sources of research information on clinical and cost effectiveness. Quality in Health Care, 12(3), 229-231. . Publication link: 17e5f216-1a6a-4d0e-8a96-ef6e9c81a99e | PubMed:12792016


  • Treasure, E. T., Chestnutt, I. G., Whiting, P., McDonagh, M., Wilson, P., & Kleijnen, J. (2002). The York review - A systematic review of public water fluoridation: A commentary. British Dental Journal, 192(9), 495-497. . Publication link: c94eb9fd-cab2-4245-95b9-34bbd151d0e4 | PubMed:12047121


  • Wilson, P., Droogan, J., Glanville, J., Watt, I., & Hardman, G. (2001). Access to the evidence base from general practice: A survey of general practice staff in Northern and Yorkshire Region. Quality in Health Care, 10(2), 83-89. DOI: 10.1136/qhc.10.2.83. Publication link: 4154f98b-ff19-4d33-8ad0-b656c7263c94 | PubMed:11389316
  • Wilson, P. M., Watt, I. S., & Hardman, G. F. (2001). Survey of UK medical directors views and use of the Cochrane Library. Unknown Journal, 6(1), 34-39. . Publication link: 55eccaa1-24d4-4529-bf3f-a390289306c3


  • Song, F., O'Meara, S., Wilson, P., Golder, S., & Kleijnen, J. (2000). The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of prophylactic removal of wisdom teeth. Health Technology Assessment, 4(15), -45. . Publication link: 376e3684-0798-4be2-ad8e-7b92781de7a1 | PubMed:10932022
  • McDonagh, M. S., Kleijnen, J., Whiting, P. F., Wilson, P. M., Sutton, A. J., Chestnutt, I., ... Treasure, E. (2000). Systematic review of water fluoridation. BMJ, 321(7265), 855-859. . Publication link: 63e18ce5-be00-4a88-a0fc-4f5849cf6bd0 | PubMed:11021861


  • Petticrew, M., Song, F., Wilson, P., & Wright, K. (1999). Quality-assessed reviews of health care interventions and the database of abstracts of reviews of effectiveness (DARE). NHS CRD Review, Dissemination, and Information Teams.International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 15(4). . Publication link: 3f69119a-87d8-4250-9c9b-9c12807c48d2 | PubMed:10645108