Our work on assessment of Depression in palliative care resulted in validation of Brief Edinburgh Depression Scale in 2007. The scale is freely available and has been widely translated. The BEDS has been adopted by the Scottish office Guidelines for assessment in Palliative Care and recommended as the assessment tool to be employed within palliative care by the European Palliative Care Guidelines for Assessment and Management of Depression. Further refinement of this 6 item tool to determine if thresholds for moderate and severe depression can be determined is underway.
The Chief Nurse of Dementia UK has an honorary contract within our research group
Symptom control for Lung Cancer
Our work with symptom control for Lung cancer has achieved national and international recognition; the results of a recently CRUK funded pilot trial has lead to a formal trial of interventions for depression and breathlessness in lung cancer. Following from this work, we recently secured one of the prestigious NIHR early researcher scholarships to allow a clinician to develop pilot work which will lead to an NIHR doctoral fellowship application.
Palliative Care Partnerships
We are key members of the public health and palliative care partnership and work closely national and international leaders in this work
Clinically based work
All of our research is clinically based and designed to answer clinically important questions in palliative and supportive care. We have established a network of 20 hospices in the North West who now participate in our research . We successfully recruited over 600 palliative care patients to our longitudinal study of depression in advanced cancer - this is one of the largest studies internationally to be carried out within the hospice population. We work alongside our hospices in translating our findings into practice.
We are actively engaged in delivering clinical training on assessment methods and interventions across palliative and supportive care