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Current research projects

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Forms of care

Forms of Care is a project about the differing medical logics that are adopted during end of life and palliative care. In particular, the research will focus on ‘not doing’ as an active and often deliberate aspect of care. (

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InGaP: Practices, issues and possibilities at the interface between Geriatrics and Palliative Care in the last year of life: an exploratory study

This is a scoping study by Professor Richard Holti and Dr Erica Borgstrom to understand how geriatric medicine and palliative care services work together in one hospital trust for patients on an Older Persons Unit ward who may be in their last year of life.

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Men and loss

Kerry Jones (with Martin Robb) has undertaken a scoping review of men and loss following perinatal death. They are currently planning a bid (with Sam Murphy) to interview men and analyse about their experiences.

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Researching End of Life Care from Social Science Perspectives

This was a two-day workshop in November 2017 designed to reflect on the past sociological and anthropological engagements with end of life care practice in order to enable future contributions to understanding care practices and informing policy. The workshop is generating a set of online videos, a series of papers in European Journal of Palliative Care (EJPC), and a series of editorials in journals and professional magazines. You can find these outputs as they come available in Resources and Publications.

Further research covers the topics of work on suicide; decision making for people with dementia in care homes; and education for midwives around stillbirth. We are also interested in developing future projects exploring end of life care and bereavement for people with learning disabilities (Tilley), as well as student nurses’ first encounters with the dying/dead body.

Postgraduate work

We also have a number of PhD students exploring issues such as sexuality and young people with life-limiting conditions, the role of volunteers in hospice settings, and access to hospice end of life care for marginalised groups (a co-funded studentship with Willen Hospice). We are actively exploring other opportunities for co-funded studentships with partner organisations. If you are interested please see further information on our Postgraduate pages.