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Kristian Pollock

Principal Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



My academic background is in social and medical anthropology. I have conducted qualitative research in a wide range of health service settings, often involving sensitive topics and vulnerable populations. I have experience of undertaking observation, interviews, focus groups, and case studies as well as mixed methods research. I have a particular interest in qualitative research ethics, which developed from my experience of serving for four years on a local NHS REC. I have a long-standing interest in patient and public understandings and experience of health and illness. This includes the construction and management of personal identity, how knowledge is used as a resource in coping with serious illness, and how the different kinds of knowledge held by patients and professionals are communicated in the course of medical consultations. My current position within the Sue Ryder Care Centre Research Group involves the application of my research interests to the study of patient experiences and communication about cancer, dementia, end of life care and death and dying.

Expertise Summary

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Research ethics
  • Advance care planning
  • End of life care
  • Dementia
  • Patient information
  • Lay and professional understanding of health and illness

Teaching Summary

  • Supervision of Masters and PhD students
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Research ethics
  • Sessional inputs to MARM, MNursSci, BSc and MSc in Palliative and End of Life Studies

Research Summary

Recently completed projects include studies of

  • A national evaluation of Samaritans helpline services
  • patient preferences and uses of information about cancer
  • choice and decision making among patients and relatives receiving palliative care
  • processes of professional recognition and communication about dying in the setting of an acute hospital ward
  • public attitudes to death, dying and bereavement
  • the care of patients with dementia, including those who are dying, on acute hospital wards

Current research projects

  • a study of the initiation of advance care planning in community care settings
  • a multi-centre RCT of an Advance Care Planning intervention for cancer patients across 6 European countries
  • the development of an intervention to prevent falls in patients with early dementia

Recent Publications

Past Research


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