Dr Lucy Selman
B.A. (Hons), MPHIL, PGCERT, PhD
- Qualitative research methods
- Service users' experience of health and health services
- Qualitative research in trials
- Development and evaluation of complex interventions
- Decision-making in serious illnes
- Palliative care
- Spiritual care
- Advanced disease
- Organ failure
- Experiences of illness
Associate Professor in Palliative and End of Life CareBristol Medical School (PHS)
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I am an Associate Professor in the School of Population Health Sciences. I am currently conducting an NIHR Career Development Fellowship leading the OSCAR study (Optimising Staff-patient Communication in Advanced Renal disease). I am also Co-Principal Investigator on an ESRC-funded national study on bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic (in collaboration with Dr Emily Harrop at Cardiff University), and the founding director of Good Grief Festival. I co-lead the University of Bristol Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group.
My research interests fall into two areas: the development and evaluation of complex clinical interventions, and palliative and end of life care and bereavement.
Development and evaluation of complex interventions
I have worked on a number of studies using mixed methods to develop and evaluate complex interventions. In 2012-14 I led the qualitative component of the TOPCare randomised trial of palliative care for patients with HIV, established on anti-retroviral therapy, in South Africa and Kenya. On a Visiting Scholarship to the University of California, San Francisco in 2014, I worked on a pilot study of a Tele-Yoga intervention for patients with COPD and heart failure. From 2016-2019 I was a qualitative researcher at Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration, where I was responsible for qualitative research with participants and healthcare providers in the UPSTREAM NIHR-funded research study. UPSTREAM (Urodynamics for Prostate Surgery Trial; Randomised Evaluation of Assessment Methods) was a national randomised controlled trial in men who have bothersome difficulty passing urine, comparing a care pathway including invasive urodynamics to usual care in terms of symptoms and rates of bladder outlet surgery.
Palliative and End of Life Care and Bereavement
My clinical research interests are primarily related to palliative, supportive and end of life care, including bereavement. Prior to joining the University of Bristol, I worked for 11 years at the Cicely Saunders Insitute, King's College London, where I completed a PhD in Palliative Care. I have published widely in this field, with a specific focus on psychosocial and spiritual aspects of the illness experience and of care provision, decision-making and communication, family caregiving, cultural factors in care provision, and end of life care education and training.
At King's College London I was Principal Investigator on the Transforming End of Life Care study (2014-16, funded by Health Education South London), investigating end of life care training needs in healthcare providers who care for those with advanced disease but who are not specialists in palliative care. I have also led a number of international research projects in spiritual care, and conducted palliative care research across diseases (heart failure, HIV/AIDS, cancer), settings (hospice, community and hospital), and countries (India, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, USA, UK).
In January 2017 I co-founded the University of Bristol Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group - please contact me if you would like further details about this. I am interested in linking with researchers from diverse disciplines with an interest in palliative and end of life care, bereavement and communication and decision-making in clinical contexts.
DescriptionAll of us will experience grief in our lifetimes. With counselling services increasingly over-subscribed, there is a turn towards social prescribing initiatives and growing pressure to find new ways to…
01/11/2023 to 31/07/2024
Bristol International Research Collaboration Activities (BIRCA) Grant: Treatment decision-making in advanced kidney disease: an international collaborative workshop on future directions
DescriptionThe meeting brought together renal and palliative care clinicians and researchers specialising in the area from across the UK with colleagues from Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, with…
Managing organisational unitBristol Medical School (PHS)
01/04/2023 to 31/07/2023
DescriptionFunded by an ESRC Impact Acceleration Grant, we will record a panel discussion on ‘Grief Education in Schools’ for the Good Grief Festival, featuring Michael Rosen, a high-profile children’s author,…
01/03/2023 to 31/03/2023
DescriptionFunded by the Participatory Research Fund (Research England), we will work with charities, bereaved parents and medical professionals to finalise our baby loss and grief booklet. Focus-group feedback demonstrated that…
01/02/2023 to 31/07/2023
Palliative Care and Social Practice
Frontiers in Public Health
The IN-FAKT study protocol: INvestigating the experiences and management of individuals with FAiling Kidney Transplants
International Journal of Qualitative Methods
- Accepted/In press
International Journal of Qualitative Methods