Chronic Illness and Palliative Care

A major part of health service activity is related to the treatment and care of people with a chronic illness, including cancer illness and chronic enduring mental illness.

 The focus of research in the Chronic Illness and Palliative Care Research Group is health care interventions and care pathways and their effectiveness in chronic illness and cancers, with particular reference to their impact on patient outcomes and the patient experience. Research activity addresses aspects of care with reference to key performance indicators (KPIs) of safe and effective care, like reduced pain, good nutrition, reduced falls, safe drug administration, infection prevention and skin integrity and uses measures of somatic and cognitive function. The Group also focuses on the application of palliative care principles in chronic illness care, cancer illness. The Chronic Illness Research Group is lead by Professor Philip Larkin

What main areas of research are addresed?

A number of research projects are being conducted or have been recently completed in this field. These include:

  • Cancer Care
  • Paliative Care and Social Justice
  • Palliative Care Needs of People with Mental Health Problems
  • Palliative Care for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Palliative Care needs of Children with Life-Limiting Illness
  • The Needs of Carers of People with Advanced Heart Failure
What research opportunities are available?

The School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems offers opportunities for graduate research training to master's and PhD level to suitable applicants.

Who are the researchers involved?
  • Dr Maria Brenner
  • Dr Mary Casey
  • Dr Barbara Coughlan
  • Dr Patricia Fox
  • Dr Eileen Furlong
  • Prof Abbey Hyde
  • Prof Philip Larkin
  • Dr Ann Sheridan
Where does this research take place?

The research takes place at the UCD School of Nursing & Midwifery & Health Systems.

Current and recent research projects