Who we are

The principle investigator for Forms of Care is Simon Cohn, Professor of medical anthropology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He has conducted research on a wide range of health and illness-related topics, including observational research in secondary care settings, large multidisciplinary research projects, and clinical trials.

Dr Erica Borgstrom, from the Open University (OU), is the co-investigator. Erica has been conducting research in palliative and end-of-life care within the NHS and hospices since 2009. This includes ethnographic research about clinical care and interviews with staff and patients about care and care planning.

Dr Annelieke Driessen, co-investigator in the Forms of Care project, is responsible for conducting the majority of data collection and analysis. She works as Research Fellow at LSHTM. Annelieke has previously conducted an ethnographic study in residential dementia care settings in the Netherlands, in which she focused on how care practices shaped the good life with dementia. As part of this project and in the current research Annelieke works with care professionals towards jointly and collaboratively translating findings between research and practice settings.

Our project partners include the specialist palliative care teams in a large London hospital and community service, and team of multi-disciplinary advisors from other universities including ethicists and anthropologists, a policy advisor at Hospice UK, and several members of the public who have an interest in palliative and end of life care.

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