(Lead: Professor Eila Watson)
The supportive care group is committed to improving the supportive care services delivered to patients and their families through high quality research and the transfer of research findings into practice. Supportive care encompasses the provision of services designed to meet the psychosocial, physical, information, and practical needs of patients throughout their patient journey. Using both quantitative and qualitative research methods we aim to clearly identify the experiences and needs of differing groups of patients at differing time points in their journey, and to develop and test interventions to meet those needs.
The group has three main themes:
Supportive Cancer Care
Current and recent projects include:
The supportive care needs of people affected by Pancreatic Cancer: a patient survey. Pancreatic Cancer UK, 2016/17
Knowledge, attitudes and current practice of health professionals regarding the use of e-cigarettes and other smoking cessation interventions in cancer survivors. Cancer Research UK, 2016-17
Life After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis: a national PROMS study. Prostate Cancer UK/Movember, 2014-2017
Cancer Life Affirming Support in Primary Care (CLASP). NIH Programme Grants for Applied Research, 2015-2020
Understanding adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy following treatment for breast cancer. Oxford Brookes University. 2015-2017
Development and evaluation of an app to support women with adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy. Oxford Brookes University, 2016
Knowledge, attitudes and current practice of health professionals regarding the use of e-cigarettes and other smoking cessation interventions in cancer survivors. Cancer Research UK, 2016-17:
Quality of life and follow-up care for men with prostate cancer: a questionnaire survey and pilot randomised controlled trial of a nurse-led psycho-educational intervention delivered in primary care (PROSPECTIV). Prostate Cancer UK, 2014-2016
Feasibility Study: Improving care-giver confidence in their ability to look after patients using focused, one-to-one training in the home. Oxfordshire Health Services Research.
Care for chronic heart failure
Development of a Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) for fatigue and breathlessness in chronic heart failure
Development of an intervention for carers of patients with CHF.
Exploration of Mild Cognitive impairment in Chronic Heart Failure
Patient Empowerment through Predictive Personalised Decision Support (PEPPER) http://www.pepper.eu.com/
Current PhD Students
The experiences and needs of younger men with prostate cancer and their partners: a qualitative study.
Supervisors : Eila Watson (DoS); Richard Wagland (University Southampton); Obrey Alexis
Date of enrolment: February 2016
Optimising the care of patients receiving oral systemic anti-cancer treatments: a mixed methods study
Supervisors: Verna Lavender and Eila Watson (Co-DoS); Sue Schutz
Date of Enrolment: April 2015
Optimising breast cancer follow-up: a mixed methods study
Supervisors: Eila Watson (DoS); Verna Lavender; Jo Brett
Date of enrolment: April 2016
Nutrition and pelvic cancer patients: a mixed-method study to explore dietary habits, nutritional awareness and patient experiences
Supervisors: Eila Watson and Helen Lightowler (Co-DoS); Shelly Coe
Date of enrolment: Sep 2016
Fatigue in advanced progressive disease : why is it under-reported and poorly managed?
Supervisors: Helen Walthall (DoS); Eila Watson; Bee Wee
Carolina Casanas I Comabello
Caring at a distance for patients near the end of life.
Supervisors: Mary Boulton and Eila Watson (Co-DoS); Bee Wee
Previous PhD Students
Post-doctoral researcher , Supportive Cancer Care Research Group, Oxford Brookes University
Post-doctoral researcher, Psychological Medicine Research Group, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.