Dr Laura Machin is currently a Lecturer in Medical Ethics at Lancaster Medical School. She is social-science trained and has experience in researching hard-to-reach populations on sensitive topics, qualitative interviewing techniques, and qualitative data analysis.
Dr David Warriner is currently a clinical research fellow in cardiology based in Sheffield. He has recently published in the BMJ on the matter of self-discharge. He also has a keen interest in sports medicine, medical journalism, and medical education. In his spare time he is mainly outdoors; cycling, walking, surfing, or skiing.
Steffi Siby is a third year medical student at Lancaster University and is currently undertaking a Special Study Module with Dr Machin exploring how patient self discharge against medical advice impacts upon General Practitioners.
Emily Ford is a third year medical student at Lancaster University. As part of her Special Study Module with Dr Machin she is exploring the ethical aspects of patient self-discharge against medical advice by interviewing Foundation Year 2 doctors. Her particular interests lie in mental capacity and how this influences doctors' approach to patients' requests to discharge themselves.