Dr Van den Bruel’s research focuses on diagnostic tests. In recent years she has worked mainly on the diagnosis of serious infections in children, including a large-scale study of the diagnoses and how parents and doctors view the diagnostic process when a child is admitted to hospital with a serious infection. The results of these studies have been used in several guidelines including one on feverish children by NICE.
More generally, she has collaborated with colleagues in other studies on diagnostic tests, such as clinical features in patients with chest pain, ultrasound for patients with shoulder problems, exercise testing to identify coronary disease, etc.
She is currently Director of the NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative Oxford which aims to facilitate diagnostic innovations in the NHS. The co-operative offers training and advice for anyone who is developing a new diagnostic test for primary care.
- Primary healthcare
- Serious infections in children
- Diagnostic tests
- Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
Dr Van den Bruel has TV, radio and newspaper interview experience, in both Belgium and the UK.