A resource for the improvement of research skills among researchers in palliative care. It identifies key methods in palliative care research and provides examples and discussions of practical, methodological and ethical issues.
This work has been designed as a resource for those directly involved in the delivery of palliative care who wish to pursue research but who have little or no formal training for, or experience of, conducting research. It is also intended as a resource for students on the increasing number of specialist palliative care courses, post-qualification short courses and taught Masters courses for health professionals which have 'health research skills' as important or central elements within their programmes. Although there are many general texts on research methods, there are very few which specifically address research issues in palliative care. This book seeks to fill that gap in the literature. It covers the range of research methods that can be appropriately used for research in palliative care by bringing together a selection of various articles in the field.
is Deputy Director at the Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care Studies, Institute of Cancer Research, Royal Marsden Hospital, London and Professor of Sociology and Palliative Care. His research has looked at the social contexts of care for dying people. David Clark is currently Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Sheffield. He has wide-ranging interests in the sociology of health, illness and family life. Jessica Corner is Deputy Director and Dean, Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care Studies, Institute of Cancer Research, Royal Marsden Hospital, London and Professor of Cancer Nursing. Her recent research includes the nursing management of breathlessness. Carol Davis is Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Countess Mountbatten House, Moorgreen Hospital, Southampton.