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Population and Community Health


End of Life and Palliative Care in Malignancy and Non Malignancy

The School of Nursing and Midwifery has particular interest in end of life and palliative approaches to care, particularly in the context of what is often referred to as generalist palliative care. This research spans palliative care policy implementation, service and practice development in the context of end of life and palliative care, and exploring the needs of those with advanced chronic illness. The tensions that can arise between a medical model of care in the acute care setting, and a palliative approach to care, and how these can be addressed, are of particular interest to our research group

Name of current and past visiting Professors: Prof Helena Leino-Kilpi (Present) and Prof Sheila Payne (Past)

Current projects

  • Survey of Bereaved Relatives: A service evaluation and quality assurance study to evaluate bereaved relatives' perspectives on the quality of hospitals' end of life care for patients and their relatives/friends. Bettina Korn, Diarmiud O'Coimin, Margaret Codd, Mairead Curran, Geraldine Prizeman, Prof Geralyn Hynes and Sarah Donnolly
  • Identifying and addressing the needs of people with ID (Part of AIIHPC Structured Research Network Strand 1: Pathways toward social justice: Understanding equality and inclusion in palliative care). PI: Prof Mary McCarron
  • Neonatal Palliative Care: A systematic literature review to support the development of integrated care pathways for neonates with life-limiting conditions. http://nursing-midwifery.tcd.ie/midwifery/

Current research students

  • Ms Frances Ryan, Investigation of the Impact of Volunteers in Palliative Care Services. Principal Supervisor: Prof Sharon O Donnell
  • Ms Mary Nevin, Development of core clinical care provision indicators for non-specialist palliative care in the acute care hospital setting. Prof Geralyn Hynes, Mary Nevin, Dr Valerie Smith and Prof Patricia Cronin
  • Jean Carragher, The SaD Collaborative Research Project: Supporting and Developing an effective palliative care approach for the neonate with a life-limiting condition in Ireland: exploring the needs of the parents and Health Care Professionals (HCPs) involved. Principal Supervisor: Prof Joan Lalor

Open opportunities for MSc/PhD projects

There are opportunities for PhD projects in the following topics:

  • Identification of clinical indicators of spiritual distress in palliative care patients and nurses' competencies in the provision of spiritual care. Prof Fiona Timmins
  • Developing and evaluating the impact of a web-based spiritual care educational package for nurses. Prof Fiona Timmins
  • Patients' understanding of spirituality and spiritual care. Prof Fiona Timmins
  • An evaluation of the benefits of chaplaincy services in the Republic of Ireland. Prof Fiona Timmins
  • Mapping patient's illness experience, awareness and prioritising against the 'surprise question' and clinical intervention. Prof Geralyn Hynes
  • Mapping regulation of end of life care against evidence of palliative care in residential care. Prof Elizabeth Fahey-McCarthy
  • Specialist generalist palliative care interface. Prof Geralyn Hynes
  • Exploring intermediate palliative care. Prof Geralyn Hynes
  • Logotherapy and meaning oriented research in palliative care. Prof Geralyn Hynes
  • Use of Photovoice in advanced chronic illness care. Prof Geralyn Hynes
  • Non-specialist palliative and end of life care in the care settings. Prof Geralyn Hynes
  • Palliative and end of life care for people with dementia and their families. Prof Geralyn Hynes and Prof Louise Daly

Completed projects

  • Mapping regulation of end of life care against evidence of palliative care in residential care. Prof Elizabeth Fahey-McCarthy
  • A theoretical study of the relationship between logotherapy and the principles of palliative care. PI: Prof Geralyn Hynes
  • Evaluation of the Programme to support Palliative and Hospice Care in the Republic of Ireland. PI: Prof Mary McCarron
  • Julie Ling, What are the respite needs and experiences of families caring for a child with a life-limiting condition requiring palliative care? Principal Supervisor: Prof Mary McCarron
  • Supporting Persons with Intellectual Disabilities & Advanced Dementia: Fusing the Horizons of Intellectual Disability, Palliative & Person-Centred Dementia Care. PI: Prof Mary McCarron
  • Developing an end of life curriculum framework. PI: Prof Honor Nicholl
  • Expanding palliative care to meet the needs of persons with COPD. PI: Prof Mary McCarron
  • Relative Experience of the care they receive during a patient's terminal illness: A Prospective Preliminary Enquiry. PI: Prof Anne-Marie Corroon
  • Evaluation in practice of effects of palliative care course. PI: Catherine Deegan, Aghmat Mohamed, Morna O'Hanlon, Prof Anne-Marie Corroon and Prof Kevin Connaire
  • Evaluation of telephone triage service for oncology/haematology patients. PIs: Amy Nolan and Norma Daly, Emma Rowan, Prof Fiona Timmins and Dr Orla Dempsey

Completed research students

  • Geralyn Hynes, Developing respiratory nursing practice to address palliative care needs of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Principal Supervisor: Prof Mary McCarron
  • Geralyn Hynes, Developing respiratory nursing practice to address palliative care needs of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Exploring the Lay Carer Expert knowledge and experience. Principal Supervisor: Prof Mary McCarron
  • Kevin Connaire, An exploration of the meaning of expertise in palliative care nursing. Principal Supervisor: Prof Cecily Begley