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Dr Marjolein Gysels

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Biography

Marjolein Gysels completed an MA at the University of Ghent in Belgium and received a PhD in anthropology at the University of Amsterdam in 1996. She has carried out research in D.R. Congo on Swahili and oral literature.

She worked for the TANESA project on AIDS in Tanzania on female infertility, and for the Medical Research Council (UK) Programme on AIDS in Uganda on commercial sex work. At King's College London, she collaborated on the Project to Improve Management of Terminal Illness (PROMOTE), and she wrote the systematic reviews for the Research Evidence Manual which has been published as part of the NICE Guidance for supportive and palliative care for those affected by cancer.

As a senior research fellow she conducted a programme of research on breathlessness funded by The Cicely Saunders Foundation. This encompasses research projects on the experience of breathlessness in patients with different conditions, at different phases in their illness and in different settings.

International Links

International conferences

  • Gysels M., Higginson I.J. and Richardson A. Communicatietraining voor gezondheidswerkers die zorgen voor patienten met gevorderde kanker: een systematische review. Plenary presentation at 3rd Congress “Wisselwerking onderzoek –praktijk in de palliatieve zorg. Antwerp (Belgium) 20 March 2004. Published in: Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Palliatieve Zorg 2004;4:91.
  • Gysels M., Higginson I.J. The evidence for the Guidance on service delivery in supportive and palliative care. 3rd Research Forum of the European Association for Palliative Care. Stresa (Italy) June 2004.
  • Gysels M., Bausewein C., Higginson I.J. Systematic review methodology for qualitative studies: its benefits and challenges. 4th Research Forum of the European Association for Palliative Care, “Collaborate to Catalyse Research” Venice (Italy) 25-27 May 2006.
  • Gysels M., Shipman C.Higginson I.J. “I will do it if it will help others”: Motivations and distress among patients taking part in qualitative studies on palliative care.4th Research Forum of the European Association for Palliative Care, “Collaborate to Catalyse Research” Venice (Italy) 25-27 May 2006.
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