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Dr Carol Komaromy

Carol Komaromy

Profile summary

  • Visiting Informal Academic
  • Honorary Associate
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Health and Social Care
  • carol.komaromy

Professional biography

I have worked at the Open University since 1994, occupying several academic roles from Research Fellow to  Head of Department and Programme Director for the Health and Social Care Department. I have  contributed to several modules in production, most notably chairing the remake of  the undergraduate module on death and dying and the production of a module on dementia care. My research interests lie in the area of ethnography and death and dying, and I  have worked on several large, externally-funded research projects. I am a core member of the Birth and Death research group, vice president of the international Association for the Study of Death and Society and co-editor of the international  journal of death studies, Mortality. My current roles include qualifications co- lead, and Open Media Fellow.  My practice background in nursing and midwifery is an important part of keeping the experience of health care central to what I do. I am proud to have gained my first degree and PhD through the Open University.

Research interests

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

Earle, S., Foley P, Komaromy C and Lloyd C (2009) ‘Conceptualising Reproductive Loss: A Social Sciences Perspective’, Human Fertility

Edited Books:
J. Hockey, C. Komaromy and K. Woodthorpe (eds) (2010 forthcoming), The Matter of Death: space, place and materiality. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave.

Earle, S., Komaromy, C. and Bartholomew, C. (eds) (2009) Death and Dying: A Reader, Sage/The Open University. h/b: 978-1-84787-509-9. p/b 978-1-84787-510-5. [OU Co-published Text]

Earle, S., Bartholomew, C. and Komaromy, C. (eds) (2009) Making Sense of Death, Dying and Bereavement: An Anthology Sage/The Open University. h/b: 978-1-84787-511-2. p/b: 978-1-84787-512-9. [OU Co-published Text]

Robb, M., Barrett, S., Komaromy, C. and Rogers, A. (2003) Communication, Relationships and Care. London: Routledge

Komaromy, C., (2001) Editor, Dilemmas in UK Health Care. Bucks: Open University Press
Co-published text for U205

Chapters in edited books:
Komaromy, C. (2009) Palliative nursing care in nursing and residential care homes, in Stevens, E., Jackson, S. and Milligan, S. (eds) Palliative Nursing: across the spectrum of care. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Komaromy, C. (2009) ‘The Sight and Sound of Death: The Management of Dead bodies in Residential and Nursing Homes for Older People’, in Earle, S., Komaromy, C. and Bartholomew, C. Death and Dying: A Raeder, London: Sage/The Open University, pp 12-20

Komaromy, C. (2009) ‘The State of Dying’, in Earle, S., Komaromy, C. and Bartholomew, C. Death and Dying: A Raeder, London: Sage/The Open University, pp 73-80

Komaromy, C. (2009) ‘Reflections of Death, Continuing Memories’, in Earle, S., Bartholomew, C. and Komaromy, C. Making Sense of Death, Dying and Bereavement: An Anthology, pp167-169

Komaromy C, Earle S, Foley P and Lloyd C (2007), ‘Reproductive loss and the moment of death’, Practising Midwife, ISSN: 1461-3123. (15% contribution) reprinted in S Earle, C Komaromy and C Bartholomew (eds) (2009) Death and Dying: A Reader, Sage/The Open University. [OU Co-published Text]

Komaromy, C. (2007) Nursing care at the time of death, In Payne, S., Seymour, J. Skilbeck, J. and Ingleton, C. Palliative Care Nursing: Principles and Evidence for Practice, 2nd edition, Bucks: Open University Press
Komaromy, C. and Russell, A. (2003) ‘Life choices: making antenatal screening decisions’ In Robb, M., Barrett, S., Komaromy, C. and Rogers, A. (2003) op cit.
Komaromy, C. (2003) ‘The needs of relatives and other residents when a death occurs’ In Katz, J. and Peace, S. End of life in care homes, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 87-98
Sidell, M. and Komaromy, C. (2003) ‘Who dies in care homes for older people?’ In Katz, J and Peace, S. (2003) op cit. pp 45-58
Komaromy, C. (2002) 'The Performance of the Hour of Death', In Clark, D. and Hockley, J. Palliative Care for Older People in Care Homes. Bucks: Open University Press

Komaromy, C., Hockey, J., (2001) Naturalising death among older adults in residential care. In Hockey, J., Katz, J. and Small, N. (Eds.) Grief Mourning and Death Ritual. Bucks: Open University Press

Komaromy, C. (2000) ‘Caring for life: dilemmas in health care’ In Komaromy, C. (ed.) (2000) op.cit. pp 87-98

Komaromy, C. (2000) Medical technology: solving problems or creating dilemmas? In Komaromy, C., op cit. 131-160

Foxcroft, D. and Komaromy, C. (2000) ‘Evaluating health care: dilemmas posed by research and evidence.’ In Komaromy, C. (2000), op cit. pp 131-160

Brunner, E., Davey, B., Hemingway, E., Komaromy, C. and Sidell, M. (2000) ‘Preventing disease: the case of coronary heart disease’ In Komaromy, C. (2000) op cit. pp 161-192

(i) Refereed journals articles

Page, S. and Komaromy, C. (2005) Professional Performance: the case of unexpected and expected deaths, Mortality, November, 2005; 10(4); 294-307 (50% contribution)
Komaromy, C., The sight and sound of death: the management of dead bodies in residential and nursing homes for older people. Mortality, Volume 5, N. 3, 2000

Komaromy, C., Sidell, M., Katz, J., (2000) Dying in Care: factors which influence the quality of terminal care given to older people in residential and nursing homes. International Journal of palliative Nursing, vol.6, no 4, pp 192-205.(80% contribution to research and 80% write up)

*Katz, J., Sidell, M. and Komaromy, C. Death in residential and nursing homes: bereavement needs of residents, relatives and staff' International Journal of Palliative Nursing (2000) (80% to research and 20% write up)

Katz, J., Sidell, M. and Komaromy, C., Understanding palliative care in residential and nursing homes International Journal of Palliative Nursing (1999) 5; 2; 58-64 (80% to research and 20% write up)

(ii) Non-refereed journal articles

Earle S, Foley P, Komaromy C and Lloyd C E (2008) 'Conceptualising reproductive loss: A social sciences perspective', Human Fertility, Vol. 11(4), pp. 259-262, ISSN: 1464-7273.

Komaromy C, Earle S, Foley P and Lloyd C (2007), ‘Reproductive loss and the moment of death’, Practising Midwife, ISSN: 1461-3123.

Komaromy C, Earle S, Lloyd C and Foley P (2007), ‘A social insight into bereavement and reproductive loss, Practising Midwife, ISSN: 1461-3123.

Earle S, Komaromy C, Foley P and Lloyd C (2007) ‘The social dimensions of reproductive loss’, Practising Midwife, June, ISSN: 1461-3123.
 

British Academy:

The role of the Anatomical Pathology Technician.

Teaching interests

Sociology of health and illness, communication and death and dying.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Birth & Death Research GroupGroupFaculty of Health and Social Care

 

Externally funded projects

Crossing Over: New Narratives of Death

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01/Apr/201330/Apr/2016AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council)
Crossing over seeks to establish a new interdisciplinary network of international experts from different fields of research on death and dying to work interactively and collaboratively on the theoretical and practical challenges posed by the changing face of contemporary death. Both death as a moment in time and dying as a process result in intersections of the theoretical and the social, the academic and the pragmatic, the arcane and the everyday - that is, intersections between spheres which might not usually interact. Crossing over exemplifies a belief that such complex matters can only be addressed by a wide and innovative exchange of ideas and practices. The network will consist of scholars from the humanities and social sciences. It will be directed from the University of Hull's newly established, multi-disciplinary Centre for End of Life Studies but also includes a significant contribution from the University of Sheffield's multi-disciplinary Death Group (est 2004) convened from the Department of English. A conference in Sheffield in 2015 will share the fruits of the network's research and will be open to a wide range of professionals as well as members of the public.

Publications

Preconception care for women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus: a mixed-methods study exploring uptake of preconception care (2017-04-07)
Earle, Sarah; Tariq, Anisah; Komaromy, Carol; Lloyd, Cathy E; Karamat, M Ali; Webb, Jackie and Gill, Paramjit S
Health Technology Assessment, 21(14)
Editorial: Health, medicine and surveillance in the 21st Century (2009)
Earle, Sarah; Foley, Pam; Komaromy, Carol and Lloyd, Cathy E.
Surveillance and Society, 6(2) (pp. 96-100)
Conceptualizing reproductive loss: a social sciences perspective (2008-12)
Earle, Sarah; Foley, Pam; Komaromy, Carol and Lloyd, Cathy E.
Human Fertility, 11(4) (pp. 259-262)
Understanding reproductive loss: Part 1: Social Dimensions (2007)
Earle, Sarah; Komaromy, Carol; Foley, Pam and Lloyd, Cathy
The Practising Midwife, 10(6) (pp. 28-34)
Understanding reproductive loss. Part 3: Bereavement (2007)
Komaromy, Carol; Earle, Sarah; Lloyd, Cathy and Foley, Pam
The Practising Midwife, 10(8) (pp. 32-35)
A social insight into bereavement and reproductive loss (2007)
Komaromy, Carol; Earle, Sarah; Lloyd, Cathy and Foley, Pam
Practising Midwife
The social dimensions of reproductive loss (2007)
Earle, Sarah; Komaromy, Carol; Foley, Pam and Lloyd, Cathy
Practising Midwife, 10(6) (pp. 28-34)
Professional performance: the case of unexpected and expected deaths (2005-11)
Page, Susie and Komaromy, Carol
Mortality, 10(4) (pp. 294-307)
Death in homes: bereavement needs of residents, relatives and staff (2001-05)
Katz, Jeanne; Sidell, Moyra and Komaromy, Carol
International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 6(6) (pp. 274-279)
Dying in long-term care facilities: Support needs of other residents, relatives, and staff (2001)
Katz, Jeanne; Sidell, Moyra and Komaromy, Carol
American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 18(5) (pp. 321-326)
The sight and sound of death: the management of dead bodies in residential and nursing homes for older people (2000-11)
Komaromy, Carol
Mortality, 5(3) (pp. 299-315)
The quality of terminal care in residential and nursing homes (2000-04)
Komaromy, Carol; Sidell, Moyra and Katz, Jeanne
International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 6(4) (pp. 192-204)
Understanding pallative care in residential and nursing homes (1999)
Katz, Jeanne; Sidell, Moyra and Komaromy, Carol
International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 5(2) (pp. 58-64)
Managing emotions at the time of stillbirth and neonatal death (2012)
Komaromy, Carol
In: Earle, Sarah; Komaromy, Carol and Layne, Linda eds. Understanding Reproductive Loss: Perspectives on Life, Death and Fertility (pp. 193-203)
ISBN : 9781409428107 | Publisher : Ashgate Publishing Limited | Published : Farnham
The state of dying (2009)
Komaromy, Carol
In: Earle, Sarah; Komaromy, Carol and Bartholomew, Caroline eds. Death and Dying: A Reader. Published in association with The Open University (pp. 73-79)
ISBN : 9781847875099 | Publisher : Sage | Published : UK
Palliative nursing care in nursing and residential care homes (2009)
Komaromy, Carol
In: Stevens, Elaine; Jackson, Susan and Milligan, Stuart eds. Palliative nursing: Across the spectrum of care (pp. 86-98)
ISBN : 978-1-4051-6997-4 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell | Published : Oxford
Reflections of death, continuing memories (2009)
Komaromy, Carol
In: Earle, Sarah; Bartholomew, Caroline and Komaromy, Carol eds. Making Sense of Death, Dying and Bereavement: An Anthology (pp. 167-169)
ISBN : 1-84787-511-4 | Publisher : Sage
Understanding reproductive loss: The moment of death (2008)
Earle, Sarah; Komaromy, Carol; Foley, Pam and Lloyd, Cathy E.
In: Earle, Sarah; Komaromy, Carol and Bartholomew, Caroline eds. Death and Dying: A Reader. Published in association with The Open University
ISBN : 9781847875105 | Publisher : Sage | Published : UK
Nursing care at the time of death (2004-03-01)
Komaromy, Carol
In: Seymour, Jane E. ed. Palliative care nursing (pp. 462-471)
ISBN : 0 335 21492 4 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : UK
The needs of relatives and other residents when a death occurs (2003-04-03)
Komaromy, Carol
In: Katz, Jeanne and Peace, Sheila eds. End of life in care homes: A palliative care approach (pp. 87-97)
ISBN : 0 19 851071 3 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford, UK
Life choices: Making antenatal screening decisions (2003)
Komaromy, Carol and Russel, Angela
In: Barrett, Sheila; Komaromy, Carol; Robb, Martin and Rogers, Anita eds. Communication, Relationships and Care: A reader (pp. 34-42)
ISBN : 978-0-415-32660-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
The performance of the hour of death (2002-10-01)
Komaromy, Carol
In: Hockley, Jo and Clark, David eds. Palliative care for older people in care homes. Facing Death (pp. 138-150)
ISBN : 335210600 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Milton Keynes, UK
Naturalising death among older adults in residential care (2001-02)
Komaromy, Carol and Hockey, Jennifer Lorna
In: Hockey, Jennifer Lorna; Katz, Jeanne and Small, Neil eds. Grief, Mourning and Death Ritual. Facing Death (pp. 73-81)
ISBN : 9780335205011 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Buckingham
Understanding reproductive loss: perspectives on life, death and fertility (2012-12)
Earle, Sarah; Komaromy, Carol and Layne, Linda L. eds.
ISBN : 978-1-4094-2810-7 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham
The Matter of Death: Space, Place and Materiality (2010-07-16)
Hockey, Jenny; Komaromy, Carol and Woodthorpe, Kate eds.
ISBN : 9780230224162 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke, U.K.
Making Sense of Death, Dying and Bereavement: An anthology (2009-12)
Earle, Sarah; Bartholomew, Caroline and Komaromy, Carol eds.
ISBN : 9781847875112 | Publisher : Sage | Published : UK
Death and Dying: A reader (2008-12)
Earle, Sarah; Komaromy, Carol and Bartholomew, Caroline eds.
Published in association with The Open University
ISBN : 9781847875105 | Publisher : Sage | Published : UK
Communication, relationships and care: A Reader (2003)
Barrett, Sheila; Komaromy, Carol; Robb, Martin and Rogers, Anita eds.
ISBN : 978-0-415-32660-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Relationships and sexuality in young adults with life-limiting conditions in England (2015-04)
Blackburn, M.; Earle, S. and Komaromy, C.
In : Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Annual Conference 2015 (28 - 30 April 2015, Birmingham)
Sexuality, relationships and reproductive choices of young adults 16+ with life-limiting conditions in the UK: Choice or taboo? (2014-11)
Blackburn, M. C.; Earle, S. and Komaromy, C.
In : 2nd Congress on Paediatric Palliative Care - A global gathering (19-21 November 2014, Rome)
Relationships and sexuality in young adults with life-limiting conditions in England (2014-03)
Blackburn, Maddie; Earle, Sarah and Komaromy, Carol
In : 10th Palliative Care Congress (12-14 March 2014, Harrogate)
The sexuality of life-limited young(er) people in the UK (2014-02-10)
Blackburn, Maddie; Earle, Sarah and Komaromy, Carol
In : The 1st ICPCN Conference Mumbai, 2014 (10-12 February 2014, Mumbai, India)
The role of the hospice volunteer in community settings (2014-02-06)
Draper, Janet; Kernohan, George; McNamara, Aine and Komaromy, Carol
In : Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (9 February 2014, Northern Ireland Assembly, Stormont, Belfast)
Death instead of life: The ambiguity of managing the life-death boundary (2007)
Komaromy, Carol
In : 8th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal (12-15 September 2007, Bath, UK)
Interpreting the moment of death (2006)
Komaromy, Carol
In : 4th Gobal Conference Making Sense of Death and Dying (12-14 July 2006, Mansfield College, University of Oxford)
Making room for reproductive loss in medical sociology (2006)
Earle, Sarah; Foley, Pam; Handsley, Stephen and Komaromy, Carol
In : BSA Medical Sociology Group Conference (September 2006, Edinburgh)
Public and private deaths (2000)
Komaromy, Carol
In : 5th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal. The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal (September 2000, University of London)
Death-bed scenes (1999)
Komaromy, Carol
In : Medical Sociology Conference (September 1999, York)
The sight and sound of death (1998)
Komaromy, Carol
In : 4th International Conference: The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal Conference (August 1998, Glasgow)
Getting used to death and dying (1998)
Komaromy, Carol
In : Medical Sociology Conference (September 1998, York)
Palliative care and dying residents in nursing and residential homes for older people (1998)
Komaromy, Carol
In : British Gerontology Conference (September 2008, Sheffield)
Who cares for dying residents? (1998)
Komaromy, Carol
In : European Society of Health and Medical Sociology (August 1998, Rennes)
Case study methods (1998)
Komaromy, Carol
In : Sociological Research Association (December 1998, London)
Death and dying - the research process of the multi-method approach (1998)
Komaromy, Carol
In : Medical Sociology, BSA UCE (September 1998, Birmingham)
Death and dying in residential nursing homes for older people: A multi-method approach (1998)
Komaromy, Carol
In : British Sociological Association Regional Group (March 1998, Coventry University)
Death-bed scenes (1997)
Komaromy, Carol
In : Social Context of Death, Dying and Bereavement (August 1997, Cardiff)
The state of death in residential and nursing homes in England (1997)
Komaromy, Carol
In : European Society of Health and Medical Sociology (August 1997, Budapest)
Living out predictions: Social construction of death and dying (1997)
Komaromy, Carol
In : Medical Sociology Seminar Series (May 1997, University of Warwick)
Investigating mortuary services in hospital settings (2011-01)
Komaromy, Carol and Woodthorpe, Kate
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