Experiences of Medicine Use amongst Urdu-speaking Londoners of Pakistani origin
Led by Najia Sultan
Najia is an NIHR In-Practice Fellow in Primary Care. She uses narrative methods to explore how Pakistani patients in East London live with and manage the work of polypharmacy and chronic ill health.
In particular, Najia is interested in the role of networks of value, such as faith and family networks, in undertaking the work of living with ill health. Patients who speak languages other than English are often excluded from research studies. As a bilingual English-Urdu speaker, Najia is well placed to use narrative methods to explore the experiences of this population, notable for experiencing higher levels of multi-morbidity and an earlier onset of chronic illness than the native population. Najia’s research is informed by her clinical role as a salaried GP in Tower Hamlets.