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Chronic Illness and Palliative Care



Professor Thompson's research focuses on understanding the experiences, concerns and needs of people (patients, partners and families) with cardiovascular disease.

He conducts mainly clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses; designs and evaluates early brief interventions; and develops and validates patient-generated outcome measures.

The objective of his research is to generate new thinking on, and novel interventions and care models for, coping with chronic cardiovascular disease.

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Professor Thompson is open to PhD applications in the fields of;

  • Cardiovascular disease prevention

  • Rehabilitation

  • Psychosocial intervention

  • Health outcome measurement

All methodological approaches welcome

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School of Nursing and Midwifery

Professor David Thompson


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







  • Professor Thompson's work has been used in national clinical guidelines and policy documents
  • His research has been reported in major UK newspapers, including Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Independent, The Times
  • He has written written invited commentaries for the international press, including The Australian, Huffington Post and the South China Morning post
  • He has been interviewed by various broadcasters, including BBC Radio 4 and BBC TV



Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chronic Illness And Palliative Care Research Initiative


Research students

PhD Title: The effectiveness of the Optimal Health Program in people with stroke and their carers

Name: Catherine Brasier
Years of Study: 2015-present
Country: Australia


Alumni: where are they now?

Nittaya Srisuk

PhD Title: A trial of a family-based education program for heart failure patients in rural Thailand

Years of Study: 2012-2016
Country: Thailand
Current position: Professor, Suratthani Rajabhat University

Wang Wenru

PhD Title: Development and testing of a self-help manual for Chinese patients after acute myocardial infarction

Years of Study: 2003-2007
Country: China
Current position: Professor, National University of Singapore

Tom Quinn

PhD Title: Evaluation of a strategy for the assessment of patients with chest pain of likely cardiac origin admitted to a coronary care unit

Years of Study: 1995-1998
Country: UK
Current position: Professor, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London

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