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Dr Ping Guo

Research Associate in Global Health

Phone: 0207 848 5523

Address: Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, King’s College London, Bessemer Road, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9PJ


Casemix classification in palliative care, outcome measurement, psychosocial and education interventions for patients and/or family caregivers, patient experiences, self-management, and global health.


Ping qualified as a nurse in China in 2000. She has experience of providing high quality, patient centred, evidence based care within neurological medicine and cardiac surgical settings. A year's experience of working in aged care in Sydney, Australia prompted her to reflect on health and social care in a wider international context. Between 2007 and 2012, Ping successfully completed her MSc and PhD in Nursing at the University of Nottingham, UK. Ping's PhD project was a randomised controlled trial evaluating a preoperative education intervention designed to reduce anxiety and improve recovery among Chinese cardiac surgery patients. Before joining Cicely Saunders Institute, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Kingston University and St George’s University of London working on a mixed methods scoping review of cardiac self-management.

Ping’s research expertise lies in intervention and health services research, and includes quantitative and qualitative methods. She has experience of leading and managing different projects in clinical trials and undertaking documentary reviews and qualitative interviews. Between 2014 and 2018, Ping project managed a NIHR funded C-CHANGE research programme with six workstreams developing complexity assessment, measuring outcomes and resource utilisation to determine the cost-effectiveness in different models of palliative care in the UK. Currently, Ping is working on building research capacity and partnerships, and improving person-centred quality of palliative care across Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It is under the Research for Health in Conflict (R4HC-MENA) project (, funded by ESRC Economic and Social Research Council (Global Challenges Research Fund).

Key Leadership Roles

Ping's previous role was Project Manager for C-CHANGE, a five-year NIHR funded project aiming to develop and validate a patient-centred, nationally applicable casemix classification for adult palliative care provision.

As a consultant for healthcare education, Ping has played a key role in designing and implementing a major UK-China healthcare development initiative, particularly in the field of aged care and rehabilitation. Recently, Ping has been invited to the China-UK Higher Education Forum discussing how to foster more effective China-UK collaborations in innovation.

Selected Publications
  • Pinto C, Bristowe K, Witt J, Davies JM, de Wolf-Linder S, Dawkins M, Guo P, Higginson IJ, Daveson B and Murtagh FEM. Perspectives of patients, family caregivers and health professionals on the use of outcome measures in palliative care and lessons for implementation: a multi-method qualitative study. Annals of Palliative Medicine, 2018. doi: 10.21037/apm.2018.09.02 (accepted for publication 21st Aug 2018).
  • Huang SJ, Huang CY, Woung LC, Lee OKS, Chu DC, Huang TC, Wang YW, Guo P, Harding R, Kellehear A, & Curtis JR (2018) The 2017 Taipei Declaration for Health-Promoting Palliative Care. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 21, 581-582. (Letter to the Editor).
  • Guo P, Dzingina M, Firth AM, Davies JM, Douiri A, O’Brien SM, Pinto C, Pask S, Higginson IJ, Eagar K & Murtagh FEM (2018) Development and validation of a casemix classification to predict costs of specialist palliative care provision across inpatient hospice, hospital and community settings in the UK: a study protocol. BMJ Open, 8: e020071.
  • Pask S, Pinto C, Bristowe K, van Vliet L, Nicholson C, Evans CJ, George R, Bailey K, Davies JM, Guo P, Daveson BA, Higginson IJ & Murtagh FEM (2018) A framework for complexity in palliative care: A qualitative study with patients, family carers and professionals. Palliative Medicine, 32, 1078-1090.
  • Guo P, Gao W, Higginson IJ & Harding R (2018) Implementing outcome measures in palliative care. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 21, 414. (Letter to the Editor).
  • Guo P, Harding R & Higginson IJ (2018) Palliative care needs of heart failure patients in China: putting people first. Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care, 12, 10-15.
  • Mather H, Guo P, Firth A, Davies JM, Sykes N, Landon A & Murtagh FEM (2018) Phase of Illness in Palliative Care: Cross-sectional analysis of clinical data from community, hospital, and hospice patients. Palliative Medicine, 32, 404-412.
  • Liu W & Guo P (2017) Exploring the challenges of implementing palliative care in China. European Journal of Palliative Care, 24, 12-17.
  • Guo P (2017) Palliative care in Mainland China: Past, present and future. EAPC Blog. Posted on 29th March 2017:
  • Guo P, Harris R (2016) The effectiveness and experience of self-management following acute coronary syndrome: A review of the literature. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 61, 29-51.
  • Schildmann EK, Groeneveld EI, Denzel J, Brown A, Bernhardt F, Bailey K, Guo P, Ramsenthaler C, Lovell N, Higginson IJ, Bausewein C & Murtagh FEM (2016) Discovering the hidden benefits of cognitive interviewing in two languages: The first phase of a validation study of the Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale. Palliative Medicine, 30, 599-610.
  • Guo P, Watts K & Wharrad H (2015) An integrative review of the impact of mobile technologies used by healthcare professionals to support education and practice. Nursing Open, 3, 66-78.
  • Guo P (2015) Preoperative education interventions to reduce anxiety and improve recovery among cardiac surgery patients: A review of randomised controlled trials. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24, 34-46.
  • Guo P, East L & Arthur A (2014) Thinking outside the black box: the importance of context in understanding the impact of a preoperative education nursing intervention among Chinese cardiac patients. Patient Education & Counselling, 95, 365-370.
  • Narayanasamy A, Jurgens F, Narayanasamy M & Guo P (2013) Diversity project: Mapping of diversity teaching and learning in nurse education curriculum. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 37, 536-551.
  • Guo P, East L & Arthur A (2012) A preoperative education intervention to reduce anxiety and improve recovery among Chinese cardiac patients: A randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 49, 129-137.
  • Wang C, Feng X, Wang X, Yang H, Li J, Li B, Guo P, Han Y, Zhao Y, et al. (2005) Guidance on Nursing Clinical Skills I (in Chinese). Henan Publishing Group, Zhengzhou.
  • Wang C, Feng X, Wang X, Yang H, Li J, Li B, Guo P, Han Y, Zhao Y, et al. (2005) Guidance on Nursing Clinical Skills II (in Chinese). Henan Publishing Group, Zhengzhou.
  • Lang H, Zhao Y, Shi H, Wang J, Wang C, Li Q, Yang J, Liu H & Guo P (2000) Quality Responsibility and Management System (in Chinese). The First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang.
  • Lang H, Zhao Y, Shi H, Wang J, Wang C, Li Q, Yang J, Liu H & Guo P (2000) Operating Rules of Medical Techniques (in Chinese). The First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang.

Ping’s teaching expertise lies in the following areas: outcome measures in palliative care, experience and needs of informal carers, patient and public involvement (PPI), the design, conduct and report of clinical trials, evidence based practice, ethics in healthcare research, quantitative data analysis in SPSS (or in STATA), qualitative research and NVIVO, preoperative anxiety and information, cardiovascular disease and cardiac care, and self-management.

Selected Grants
  • Funding from the British Council and FAPESP to present research at Evidence-Based Practice workshop at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. £2000 (2014)
  • The University of Nottingham Doctoral Alumni Research Visit Scheme. £3500 (2013)
  • The Great Britain-China Educational Trust Chinese Student Awards. £2500 (2011)
  • The University of Nottingham PhD Studentship. £15,000 (2008-2011)
Critical Impact

When studying in the UK, Ping became aware of the growing body of evidence supporting nursing practice in western countries. However, little evidence has been generated within China itself and it is not always possible to transfer research findings from one cultural context to another. This was recognised in Ping’s PhD research (data collection was carried out in China). A randomised controlled trial of a preoperative education intervention among cardiac surgery patients demonstrated the value of this approach on psychological health outcomes and patient experiences within the Chinese context. The intervention, including a cardiac preoperative education information leaflet, developed in her research has been widely implemented in the area where the study sites are located.

International Links

Ping has established and strengthened her international links through research and education collaborations with Asia-Pacific and Middle East and North Africa regions, and through her clinical practice in China and Australia, and by presenting her work at national/international conferences including European Association for Palliative Care conference (EAPC), Asia Pacific Hospice Conference (APHC), Evidence-Based Practice in a Global Context: Building Sustainable Communities of Practice Workshop, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 10-14 February 2014; 21st International HPH Conference – Body and Mind, Gothenburg, Sweden, 22-24 May 2013; RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Belfast, 20-22 March 2013; 10th Nursing Management Conference, The First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang, China, 04-05 August 2012; The U21 Health Sciences Meeting, Tecnológico de Monterrey University, Mexico, 27 September-01 October 2010.

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