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Dr Parsons’ research interest focus on prescribing and use of medicines for people with life-limiting illness. She is interested in pain recognition, assessment and management in people with advanced dementia who are nearing the end of life, and medication management and optimisation for people with other terminal illnesses, including advanced cancer.

The objective of this research activity is to improve prescribing and symptom management for people and ultimately improve care for people with terminal illness. 

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Open to PhD applications in the field of medicines use and optimisation in palliative, hospice and end of life care.

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PhD Title: Medication use in palliative and end of life care 

Name: Caoimhe Quinn
Years of Study: 2016-2019
Country: Northern Ireland



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Dr Bridgeen McCloskey

PhD Title: Medication use in people with advanced dementia approaching the end of life

Years of Study: 2013-2017
Country: Northern Ireland 
Current position: Clinical pharmacist, Altnagelvin Hospital, Western Health and Social Care Trust, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Dr Bannin De Witt Jansen

PhD Title: Medication-related challenges in the management and care of people with dementia

Years of Study: 2010-2014
Country: UK
Current position: Manager/Scientific Officer, East of Scotland Research Ethics Service, Tayside Medical Science Centre (TASC), Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, Scotland

Dr Khawla Abu Hamour

PhD Title: Appropriateness of medication prescribing and quality of care for older people at the end of life

Years of Study: 2009-2012
Country: Jordan
Current position: Director of pharmacy department /clinical pharmacy unit, Jordan University Hospital and part time lecturer, Jordan University School of Pharmacy

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