Part-time PhD student
Research title: An exploration of influences on the recognition of suffering by healthcare professionals caring for the dying patient.
Supervisors: Prof Jan Oyebode and Dr Andrea Capstick.
My clinical background is in District Nursing, Hospice Clinical Governance, and as a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care. I commenced my PhD in January 2014.
My PhD thesis aims to:
- Describe the nature of suffering as experienced by dying patients in the hospital setting
- Explore the ways in which suffering is described, explained and characterised by healthcare professionals
- Explore intrapersonal, interpersonal and contextual factors influencing recognition of suffering by healthcare professionals
I am in the early stages of this research and anticipate that the methodology will evolve during the course of the project. I hope to use ethnographically informed observational methods to describe the context of care, collecting data in the form of field notes, informal and formal unstructured interviews and other media.
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