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Living and Dying Well – An Investigation of the Psychosocial and Spiritual Needs of Patients with Terminal Cancer

Posted on: 14 Oct 2020

Living and Dying Well – An Investigation of the Psychosocial and Spiritual Needs of Patients with Terminal Cancer
Lucy Hayden

Start year: 2020

Principal Investigator: Dr Simon Dunne and Prof Pamela Gallagher

Institution: Dublin City University

Grant funding: Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postgraduate) grant with Breakthrough cancer Research as the Enterprise Partner

Linked Breakthrough Research Priorities: 1, 6

Each year, over 30,000 people die in Ireland, with approximately a third of deaths caused by cancer.  Many terminally ill patients find themselves in Irish hospitals being treated for the biological aspects of the illness they are suffering from, with less emphasis being placed on their social, psychological and spiritual wellbeing. 

The PhD scholar Lucy Hayden, received an Irish Research Council Enterprise Award with Breakthrough as the Enterprise partner. Lucy will work with Dr Simon Dunne and Prof Pamela Gallagher in the School of Psychology, Dublin City University. Her research will examine the psychological, social and spiritual concerns of patients with terminal cancer. Lucy will collect data from patients, caregivers and medical professionals and her findings will inform future policy and healthcare strategies in Ireland.

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