Dr Ameeta Retzer BA, MA, DPhil

Ameeta Retzer

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow

Contact details

Centre for Patient Reported Outcomes Research and NIHR ARC
Institute of Applied Health Research
Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


  • DPhil in Public Health, University of Oxford, 2015
  • MA in Human Rights, University College London, 2011
  • BA (Hons) in Politics, Queen Mary University of London, 2010


Ameeta has used mixed methods in social science and population health research: social inequality and political activism in rural India; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder among indigenous communities in Australia.   For her DPhil, Ameeta designed and executed a multi-centre study into decision-making by social workers in relation to the children of parents with intellectual disability.

Before starting at the University of Birmingham, Ameeta worked at the University of Warwick on a Department for Education funded project analysing serious case reviews and child protection data. In Birmingham, Ameeta worked as a research associate on the PARTNERS2 project before joining the EPiC study as a research fellow.


Postgraduate supervision

Ameeta is interested in supervising doctoral research relating to outcomes research, population health, and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in health research.


Research interests

  • clinical trial methodology and regulatory science, specifically the use of patient-reported outcomes in oncology, traumatic brain injury, inflammatory disease; electronic PROs, and usability and feasibility studies;
  • population health and health inequality;  
  • EDI in health research.

Current projects

  • COBra study – core outcome set development in glioma trials funded by the Brain Tumour Charity
  • PRiORity – electronic capture of PROs in trauma research and clinical care funded by NIHR SRMRC

Population health core outcome set methodology development – funded by NIHR PHR

Other activities

  • Institute for Applied Health Research (IAHR) equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in Research working group member
  • IAHR EDI Deputy Lead
  • MDS Athena SWAN self-assessment team member


Recent publications

Aiyegbusi, O.L., di Ruffano, L.F., Retzer, A. et al. Outcome selection for tissue-agnostic drug trials for immune-mediated inflammatory diseases: a systematic review of core outcome sets and regulatory guidance. Trials 23, 42 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-022-06000-w

Retzer A, Calvert M, Ahmed K, Keeley T, Armes J, Brown JM, Calman L, Gavin A, Glaser AW, Greenfield DM, Lanceley A, Taylor RM, Velikova G, Brundage M, Efficace F, Mercieca-Bebber R, King MT, Kyte D. International perspectives on suboptimal patient-reported outcome trial design and reporting in cancer clinical trials: A qualitative study. Cancer Med. 2021 Aug;10(16):5475-5487. doi: 10.1002/cam4.4111. Epub 2021 Jul 5. PMID: 34219395; PMCID: PMC8366078.

Calvert M, King M, Mercieca-Bebber R, et al SPIRIT-PRO Extension explanation and elaboration: guidelines for inclusion of patient-reported outcomes in protocols of clinical trials BMJ Open 2021;11:e045105. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-045105

Slade, A.L., Retzer, A., Ahmed, K. et al. Systematic review of the use of translated patient-reported outcome measures in cancer trials. Trials 22, 306 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-021-05255-z

Retzer A, Aiyegbusi OL, Rowe A, Newsome PN, Douglas-Pugh J, Khan S, Mittal S, Wilson R, O'Connor D, Campbell L, Mitchell SA, Calvert M. The value of patient-reported outcomes in early-phase clinical trials. Nat Med. 2022 Jan;28(1):18-20. doi: 10.1038/s41591-021-01648-4. PMID: 35039659.

Cruz Rivera S, Stephens R, Mercieca-Bebber R, Retzer A, Rutherford C, Price G, Slade A, Aiyegbusi OL, Edge P, Roberts L, Gosden L, Verdi R, Wilson R, Calvert M. 'Give Us The Tools!': development of knowledge transfer tools to support the involvement of patient partners in the development of clinical trial protocols with patient-reported outcomes (PROs), in accordance with SPIRIT-PRO Extension. BMJ Open. 2021 Jun 30;11(6):e046450. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-046450. PMID: 34193492; PMCID: PMC8246365.

McMullan C, Retzer A, Slade A, Kyte D, Jones L, Belli A, Calvert M, Turner GM. Care providers' and patients' attitudes toward using electronic-patient reported outcomes to support patients with traumatic brain injury: a qualitative study (PRiORiTy). Brain Inj. 2020 May 11;34(6):723-731. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2020.1740944. Epub 2020 Mar 29. PMID: 32223338.

Retzer A, Sayers R, Pinfold V, Gibson J, Keeley T, Taylor G, Plappert H, Gibbons B, Huxley P, Mathers J, Birchwood M, Calvert M. Development of a core outcome set for use in community-based bipolar trials-A qualitative study and modified Delphi. PLoS One. 2020 Oct 28;15(10):e0240518. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0240518. PMID: 33112874; PMCID: PMC7592842.

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