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Chronic Illness and Palliative Care



Professor Reid's main research focus is on cachexia in chronic illness, most notable in: cancer, renal, and cardiac populations. She also has research interests in associated health services research; for example a recently completed study is a feasibility trial of music therapy intervention in palliative care. 

She has completed local and international studies in these areas and has strong links with multi-disciplinary international collaborators.

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Professor Reid is open to PhD applications in the fields of cachexia in chronic illness and health services.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery

Joanne Reid

 Professor Reid is a Professor in Chronic Illness and Palliative Care in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.



  • Professor Reid's research has been cited in national and international evidence based guidelines, developed
    to translate current best evidence into recommendations for multi-disciplinary teams responsible for:
    identification and treatment of reversible elements of cachexia; and improvement in quality of life for both
    patients who have refractory cancer cachexia and their carers. Guidelines include:
  • Guidelines for Nutrition and Hydration in end of life care, Royal College of Nursing
  • Getting it right every time: Nutrition and Hydration Care at end of life, Royal College of Nursing
  • European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) guidelines on nutrition in cancer patients



Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chronic Illness And Palliative Care Research Initiative

Centre For Evidence And Social Innovation


Research students

PhD Title: RCT: interprofessional simulation education to teach end of life care

Name: Priscilla Cunningham
Years of Study: 3rd
Country: Northern Ireland

PhD Title: Developing an arts-based intervention for patient on dialysis

Name: Claire Carswell
Years of Study: 1st
Country: Northern Ireland

PhD Title: Breast health awareness in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Name: Norah Abdullah Madkhali
Years of Study: 3rd
Country: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

PhD Title: Implementation evaluation of a tailored exercise intervention for patients with advanced epithelial ovarian cancer.

Name: Deirdre McGrath
Years of Study: 1st
Country: Northern Ireland

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Claire Lewis

PhD Title: Cancer cachexia: Health care professionals understanding and perception of need

Years of Study: 2011-2014
Country: Northern Ireland
Current position: Operational Manager NI Biobank

Dr Clare McVeigh

PhD Title: Palliative care needs in NMRD: An all-Ireland study

Years of Study: 2013-2016
Country: Northern Ireland
Current position: Lecturer (Education) QUB

Dr Gary Mitchell

PhD Title: Ethnography of communication processes in oral chemotherapy (colorectal cancer)

Years of Study: 2013-2017
Country: N.Ireland
Current position: Lecturer (Education) QUB

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