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.
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. The published scoping review can be viewed here
- 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.
Please see a Channel 5 News article which highlights the danger of asbestos in schools, and contains an interview with the daughter of a teacher who developed mesothelioma.
You can access a recent article in The Conversation here: The hidden danger of asbestos in UK schools: 'I don't-think they realise how much risk it poses to students'.