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Ruth Stuart is a Research Assistant for the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit (MHPRU) for which, in 2018, she conducted a systematic review of qualitative studies about the experiences carers whose friend or relative was detained under mental health legislation. 

Prior to the MHPRU, Ruth worked on the CostED study about the cost-effectiveness of specialist and general mental health services for young people with anorexia nervosa. Ruth has also assisted the ESMI-MBU study about the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mother and baby units versus general psychiatric inpatient wards and crisis resolution team services for women experiencing severe mental illness in the first year post-birth; the Welfare Benefits Study about the impact of benefits assessments on claimants with mental health problems; and the evaluation of the anti-stigma campaign Time to Change.