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Anna Bone

Cicely Saunders International PhD Training Fellow

Address: King’s College London
Cicely Saunders Institute
Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation
Bessemer Road
Denmark Hill, SE5 9PJ


Anna graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Human Sciences in 2011. She went on to complete a Masters of Public Health from Imperial College London in 2013. Later that year, Anna joined the department as a Research Assistant on the OPTCare Elderly project, led by Dr Catherine Evans and Professor Irene Higginson. This project involved developing a short-term intervention of palliative and supportive care for the frail elderly with non-malignant conditions living in the community, and testing its feasibility in an NHS Community Trust. In 2016, Anna began as a PhD training fellow on the IARE (International Access Rights and Empowerment) II study, funded by Atlantic Philanthropies and Cicely Saunders International. The IARE II study is a prospective cohort study of frail older people with advanced disease to identify and understand service use, preferences and palliative care needs. The PhD topic is older people’s emergency hospital use towards the end of life.  


Research interests

Research interests include public health; older people; frailty; palliative care access for people with non-malignant conditions; service use at the end of life; patient experience.

Selected publications

Bone AE, Evans CJ, Higginson IJ. The future of end of life care. The Lancet 2018 392(10151):915-16.

Bone AE, Gomes B, Etkind SN, et al. What is the impact of population ageing on the future provision of end-of-life care? Population-based projections of place of death. Palliat Med 2018;32(2):329-36.

Etkind SN, Bone AE, Gomes B, Lovell N, Evans CJ, Higginson IJ. How many people will need palliative care in 2040? Past trends, future projections and implications for services BMC Medicine 2017 15:102

Bone AE, Hepgul N, Kon S, Maddocks M. Sarcopenia and frailty in chronic respiratory disease. Chronic Respiratory Disease. 2017 Feb;14(1):85-99.

Ellis-Smith C, Evans CJ, Bone AE, Henson L, Dzingina M, Kane P, Higginson IJ, Daveson BA. Measures to assess commonly experienced symptoms for people with dementia in long-term care settings: a systematic review. BMC Medicine 2016 14: 38 doi: 10.1186/s12916-016-0582-x.

Bone AE, Gao W, Gomes B, Sleeman KE, Maddocks M, Wright J, Yi D, Higginson IJ, Evans CJ. Factors Associated with Transition from Community Settings to Hospital as Place of Death for Adults Aged 75 Years or Older: A Population-Based Mortality Follow-back Survey. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2016; 64(11):2210-2217.

Bone AE, Morgan M, Maddocks M, Sleeman KE, Wright J, Taherzadeh S, Ellis-Smith C, Higginson IJ, and Evans CJ. Developing a model of short-term integrated palliative and supportive care for frail older people in community settings: perspectives of older people, carers and other key stakeholders. Age and Ageing 2016; 45(6):863-873.  

Bone AE, Mc Grath-Lone L, Day S, Ward H. Inequalities in the care experiences of patients with cancer: analysis of data from the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2011–2012. BMJ Open.2014;4:e004567


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