Mesothelioma and Education Workers (MEWS): experiences of presentation, diagnosis, treatment and care.

This study aims to generate a critical account of the experiences of presentation, diagnosis, treatment and care for current and former school-based education workers with mesothelioma. At present, education is not considered a high-risk industry for malignant mesothelioma.

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Education employees do not fit the typical patient profile of mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. Despite this, however, many education workers work in old school buildings and ‘pre-fab’ school accommodation in which asbestos is likely to be present.

The objectives of the study are:

  • To access and analyse national and regional organisational data for some indication of incidence of mesothelioma amongst school-based education workers
  • To perform a scoping review of published research examining the experience of school-based education workers who have developed mesothelioma
  • To conduct stakeholder consultation to gain insight into the experiences of school-based education workers with mesothelioma
  • To use the findings from this project to inform a research proposal for an empirical study aiming to gain further insight into the mesothelioma patient experience.

For more information about this study contact Dr Bethany Taylor (btaylor3@sheffield.ac.uk). 

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