Palliative and End of Life Care
We undertake high-quality research to improve the quality of life of patients with life-limiting illness and their family caregivers; to improve palliative care service provision and; to influence health policy.
The Palliative and End of Life Care research group conduct multi-disciplinary research that informs practice and policy in palliative and end of life care both nationally and internationally.
The group has close links with NHS providers and hospices nationally and locally and with the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) within The University of Sheffield. We work closely with a range of international collaborators and academic institutions worldwide.
We have specialist expertise in a range of methodologies and our main areas of research focus include:
- Inequity and inequality in palliative care; improving palliative care access and provision for under-served groups.
- Financial and economic costs of palliative care, and financial support for patients and their families.
- International palliative care; addressing global challenges to establish palliative care in low and middle income countries
- Palliative care in primary care; identification and management of supportive and palliative care needs in the community.
- Oral history in palliative care
- Service user involvement and PPI, championing meaningful engagement with service users in palliative care research
- The cost of dying: a mixed methods study to explore the costs of palliative care. (Gardiner, C)
- Financial Support for Family Caregivers. (Gardiner, C)
- Costs of family caregiving in palliative care: setting the global research agenda. (Gardiner, C)
- Oral history service in palliative care. (Winslow, M)
- Advance care planning. An innovative palliative care intervention to improve quality of life in oncology (ACTION). A multi-centre cluster randomised trial. (Van der Heide, A. (EU study co-ordinator), Seymour J et al.)
- Improving Palliative Care for Patients with Advanced Cancer: A Systematic Review of Evidence on the Role and Outcomes of Clinical Nurse Specialists and Related Complex Interventions. (Seymour, J., Tod, A., Wilcock, A et al.)
- Macmillan Specialist palliative care at home service: a national evaluation. (Johnston, B. , Almack K., Wilson, E. and Seymour, J.E.)
- Social connectedness amongst older people in New Zealand: Implications for ageing in place and service delivery. (Gott M, Gardiner C et al)
- INTEGRATE: Integrated health technology assessment for evaluating complex technologies. (Gaerdhaus A, Gardiner, C, Ingleton C)
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