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Laura Middleton-Green

Part-time PhD student

Laura Middleton-Green

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:

  1. Describe the nature of suffering as experienced by dying patients in the hospital setting
  2. Explore the ways in which suffering is described, explained and characterised by healthcare professionals
  3. 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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Middleton-Green L (2014) End-of-life care after the Liverpool Care Pathway. Br J Community Nurs. 19(5):250-4.

Middleton-Green L (2014) Team-based learning: Teaching the heart and mind of palliative care. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 4:A72. doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2014-000654.204

Middleton-Green L (2014) Ageism and death anxiety (editorial). eHospice.