Bereaved family experiences of coroner/procurator fiscal involvement following a mesothelioma death

This study aims to investigate bereaved family (or close friends') experiences of the inquest process when a person has died from mesothelioma.

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The study comprises three stages:

(1) Scoping review to establish what is already known about experiences of coroner/procurator fiscal involvement in mesothelioma/ other asbestos related disease/ industrial disease.

(2) Online national survey. We will ask questions to gain insights into bereaved family members/friends' experiences of coroner/procurator fiscal involvement.

(3) Qualitative interviews with 8-10 bereaved family members/friends. The purpose of the interviews will be to explore experiences of coroner involvement, finding out what went well; what could be improved; what was the expectation, and what was the reality; and how we can learn from this to improve experiences for family/friends.

Outputs will include resources to support professionals to provide effective support and information to patients and their families/friends and resources to inform and empower mesothelioma families/friends in their experiences with inquest processes, e.g. Webpages, leaflets.

This research is led by Sarah Hargreaves ( and Bethany Taylor (

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