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Dr Bárbara Antunes

Visiting Research Associate

Phone: 0207 848 5523
Fax: 0207 848 5517


My work is about improving outcome measurement for advanced disease patients and their families by enhancing the clinical utility of patient reported outcome measures and understanding how to best implement them in clinical practice.


Dr Antunes qualified as clinical psychologist in 2003 in Portugal. She completed her MSc in “Psychology of Pain” also in Portugal in 2006. She has always integrated her clinical work with research posts. In 2008 she joined the Portuguese research centre Centro de Estudos e Investigação em Saúde da Universidade de Coimbra (CEISUC). In 2009 she joined the PRISMA project led by King’s College London, Cicely Saunders Institute. She temporarily joined the Department in 2010 and in 2011 she got a post for the EU funded EUROIMPACT project.

Selected Publications
  • Antunes B, Harding R, Higginson IJ. Implementing Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in Palliative Care clinical practice: a systematic review of facilitators and barriers. Pall Med. DOI: 10.1177/0269216313491619.
  • Daveson BA, Alonso JP, Calanzani N, Ramsenthaler C, Gysels M, Antunes B et al. Learning from the public: citizens describe the need to improve end-of-life care access, provision and recognition across Europe. European Journal of Public Health. 2013; epub March 13; doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckt029
  • Ferreira PL, Antunes B, Pinto AB, Gomes B. Cuidados de fim de vida: Portugal no projeto europeu PRISMA. Rev Port Saúde Pública 2012;30: 62-70. doi: 10.1016/j.rpsp.2012.04.001
  • B. Gomes, I. J. Higginson, N. Calanzani, J. Cohen, L. Deliens, B. A. Daveson, D. Bechinger-English, C. Bausewein, P. L. Ferreira, F. Toscani, A. Meñaca, M. Gysels, L. Ceulemans, S. T. Simon, H. R. W. Pasman, G. Albers, S. Hall, F.E.M. Murtagh, D. F. Haugen, J. Downing, J. Koffman, F. Pettenati, S. Finetti, B. Antunes & R. Harding on behalf of PRISMA; Preferences for place of death if faced with advanced cancer: a population survey in England, Flanders, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain; Annals of Oncology; 2012, doi:10.1093/annonc/mdr602.
  • Oliveira, Alexandra; Pimentel, Francisco; Ferreira, Pedro; Antunes, Bárbara; Onqol: electronic device to capture QoL data in oncology: differences between 65 year old patients or older and patients younger than 65 years of age. Journal of Geriatric Oncology; 2011, Vol 2:4; 253-258

Dr Antunes is a certified facilitator and in 2011 and 2013 has facilitated over 12 sessions on “Breaking Bad News: Death and Dying” for final year medical students at King’s College London, through the Programme For Clinical Communication, Division of Medical Education, King’s College London, UK

Dr Antunes has presented on the POS Training Workshops.

Selected Grants

In 2014 Bárbara Antunes was awarded a 12 months Grant by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian – Programa Gulbenkian Inovar em Saúde for the study "Validation and cultural adaptation of the IPOS for the Portuguese population".

Critical Impact

Dr Antunes was part of the Portuguese group which led the development of the POS/POS-S booklet & card, a pocket size tool for palliative care clinicians which contains the Palliative care Outcome Scale and the symptoms module as well as guidelines on its use. The digital version was also developed as well as translations into 6 languages. This led to the creation the of the POS website for which Dr Antunes also contributed by developing the content for some of the website pages as well as the creation of some of the downloadable documents. Dr Antunes organised the International Conference on Symptom Measurement in Porto, Portugal in 2009. She has just started publishing as a first author in the main peer-review journals of the field.

International Links

Dr Antunes has international collaborators across Europe and in Brasil, a result of being part of two international EU funded palliative care projects, the PRISMA (2008-2011) and, at present, the EUROIMPACT (started in 2011). These projects have allowed Dr Antunes to receive training and also collaborate with the experts in the field by visiting all major palliative care research centres in Europe, including the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where she visited for 6 months.


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