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Keira Lowther

PhD Student

Phone: 0207 848 5824
Fax: 0207 848 5517


HIV, Nutrition, Quality nursing care, International development.

My PhD is a mixed methods study on the effectiveness of a nurse led palliative care intervention in Mombasa, Kenya.


I qualified as a paediatric nurse following a first degree in Nursing Sciences at the University of Hull in 2002. I then worked as a paediatric nurse in various clinical contexts in four north London hospitals during which I completed a Diploma in Tropical Nursing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I continued my studies at LSHTM in 2006-2007 completing a Masters Public Health Nutrition including a thesis on the use of complimentary feeding in Zambia. Following this I worked for Action Against Hunger in Chad, China, and Swaziland conducting exploratory assessments and nutrition surveys. Following a year of working as a paediatric nurse in the NHS again, I then returned to Swaziland with Action against Hunger to manage a HIV and nutrition project in rural Swaziland for a year.

In 2011 I began my PhD in Palliative care in HIV at the Cicely Saunders Institute and plan to complete this in mid 2014.

Selected Publications
  • Lowther K, Simms V, Selman L, Sherr L, Gwyther L, Kariuki H, et al. Treatment outcomes in palliative care: the TOPCare study. A mixed methods phase III randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of a nurse-led palliative care intervention for HIV positive patients on antiretroviral therapy. BMC infectious diseases. 2012;12:288.
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