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Dr Antonio Sanchez-Vazquez

Research Fellow

Faculty of Business and Law
Areas of Expertise:
Business, management and leadership , Human Resources Management
Research Supervision:

Dr Sanchez-Vazquez is a Research Fellow whose main area of research interest and expertise is the evaluation of technology innovations used to support human work activities, and organisations.

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Following on from his doctoral research exploring the impact of information and communications technology (ICT) on different organisational levels in the NHS, Dr Sánchez-Vázquez worked for Warwick Medical School on the SAFER (Support and Assessment for Fall Emergency Referrals) Study. Here, he explored the impact of Computerised Clinical Decision Support technology used by  NHS ambulance service personnel.

After Warwick Dr Sanchez-Vazquz moved to Cardiff University Medical School. He was part of a study exploring the organisational culture underpinning what we understand by excellent care vs abuse and neglect of NHS inpatients, and the mechanisms by which this can be measured or assessed.

Antonio's main research interests are in the adoption of new technologies into complex systems of human work activity, especially in large organisations such as public services.

Research interests

  • ICT in healthcare, HIT, HCI
  • Activity Theory and activity systems
  • Systems thinking and systems practice
  • CSCW
  • Technology innovations into and across complex organizational domains

Dr Sanchez-Vazquez’s main research interests are centred on the introduction and adoption of innovative new technologies and related processes into complex systems of human work activity, particularly in large public sector and health organisations. He is interested in the generation and application of whole systems models, making use of systems thinking and activity theory, as theoretical lenses to guide practice by enhancing representation and understanding of the context of the new technology within and across organisational boundaries, especially in the areas of Human commuter interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Healthcare Information Systems (HIS), and Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in general.

Areas of research supervision

  • One PhD supervision, research looking at mobile health apps for medical staff in Europe


  • PhD Information Systems (title: 'Developing Information Systems Technology Within NHS Wound Clinics: An Evaluation'), University of Glamorgan
  • MSc Software Engineering, University of Liverpool
  • BSc (Hons) Genetics, University of Leeds

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Reviewer for the National Institute for Health Research Central Commissioning Facility
  • Member of Research Development and Innovation Group, Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Benefits Realization Managements analysis for UK Police forces

Selected recent publications

Davies, Sanchez et al (submitted) Feasibility study of Mindfulness Intervention in Ankylosing-spondylitis (MIA) Arthritis Care & Research ACR-16-0222.

Sanchez (2015) “Should all NHS premises provide free access to wi-fi?” BMJ 2015;351:h4098

Snooks et al (2014) “Support and Assessment for Fall Emergency Referrals (SAFER 1): cluster randomised trial of computerised clinical decision support for paramedics” PLoS One. 2014 Sep 12;9(9)

Rapport, Sanchez, et al (2013) “Qualitative research within trials: developing a standard operating procedure for a clinical trials unit” Trials 2013, 14:54

Hunt, Sanchez et al (2012) “Organizational culture and performance in health care for older people: a systematic review” Reviews in Clinical Gerontology 22(03):218-234

Thomas, Sanchez, et al (2011) “Before the fall: a discussion paper on the organisational difficulties of setting up complex randomised control trials in emergency pre-hospital care” Emerg Med J 2011;28:e1 doi:10.1136/emj.2010.108605.4

Snooks, Sanchez et al (2010). “Support and Assessment for Fall Emergency Referrals (SAFER 1) trial protocol. Computerised on-scene decision support for emergency ambulance staff to assess and plan care for older people who have fallen: evaluation of costs and benefits using a pragmatic cluster randomised trial” BMC Emergency Medicine 2010, 10:2

Sánchez (2004). “A chronic wound healing information technology system: design, testing and evaluation in clinic” Electronic Journal of Information Systems Evaluation 07(01):57-66

Sánchez and Plassmann (1999). “Dynamic medical data fusion and data mining in the wound-healing process”. Health Informatics Journal 05(04): 213-216.

Recent presentations and conferences

H Davies et al. “Feasibility study of Mindfulness Intervention in Ankylosing-spondylitis” Mindfulness in Society International Conference, Chester 7-11 July 2017

Sanchez 2016. “Technology Adoption as a Socio-Material Process: The Case of New Technology in Healthcare”. British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference 2016”, Aston University, Birmingham September 2016 pp62-63, ISBN: 9780904569476

A Sanchez et al. “The potential and pitfalls of anonymised data linkage for follow up of patient outcomes in pre-hospital emergency care research” Faculty of Pre-hospital Care Scientific Conference, The Emergency Services Show, Coventry 23-244 November 2010

H Snooks et al. “Can Older People Who Fall be Identified in the Ambulance Call Centre to Enable Alternative Responses or Care Pathways?” Maximising the Value of Health Technology Assessment, 7th HTAi, Dublin, 6-9 June 2010

H Snooks et al. “Can Older People Who Fall be Identified in the Ambulance Call Centre to Enable Alternative Responses or Care Pathways?” Improving Quality and Safety in Emergency and Unscheduled Healthcare: Raising the Stakes: One day conference, Cardiff 18 March 2010

H Snooks et al. “Can Older People Who Fall be Identified in the Ambulance Call Centre to Enable Alternative Responses or Care Pathways?” Faculty of Pre-hospital Care Scientific Conference, The Emergency Services Show, Coventry 24 November 2009

H Snooks et al. “SAFER (Support and Assessment for Fall Emergency Referral) Trial”, What is New in Emergency Pre-Hospital Care Research? 999 EMS Research Forum: National One Day Conference, Nottingham 26 November 2008