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Post-doctoral Researchers

Dr Moyra Mills

Research fellow: Moyra Mills

Moyra Mills

Academic background

BSc (Hons) in Nursing with RGN, University of Ulster, 1992

Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing, University of Ulster, 1996

MSc in Advanced Nursing, University of Ulster, 1999

PhD (Epidemiology), Queen’s University Belfast, 2008

Research fellow (Epidemiology), Queen’s University Belfast, 2004-

 

Area of research

To develop and undertake research in the area of cancer survivorship, and to facilitate and support a close working relationship with other universities, health professionals and charitable groups interested in research involving those living with cancer.

 

Program of work

The main aim of the research program is to investigate the health and psychosocial well-being of people living with cancer and to evaluate the quality of cancer care, including ways in which cancer services are organised and delivered. A key focus is the investigation of the needs of cancer patients following the acute treatment phase and the evaluation of services designed to meet those needs and to maintain or improve the quality of life of survivors and their families.

The specific studies that are underway or funding applied for:

Needs Assessment

* A systematic assessment of the health care needs, service utilisation and quality of life of cancer survivors and their primary caregivers, incorporating a comparison of postal versus electronic data collection (funding from Macmillan Cancer Relief)

* A cross-sectional needs assessment of gynaecological cancer survivors and their informal caregivers (submitted to Wellbeing of Women Charity 8-9-09, waiting outcome)

 

Organisation and delivery

* A scoping survey of current follow-up services for cancer services

* Qualitative study to investigate patients’ views of current follow-up care in Northern Ireland and potential changes to the follow-up process (submitted to Macmillan User-led grants Oct 09, short listed to final seven)

 

Assessment of Intervention Programs

* Establishment and evaluation of a self management programme for prostate cancer patients and their partners (in collaboration with UU, funded by Ulster Cancer Foundation)

* A Cochrane systematic review of the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs for cancer survivors (RDO Cochrane Training Fellowship – MM is the primary author).

* A Cochrane systematic review of psychosocial interventions for newly diagnosed cancer patients (RDO Cochrane Fellowship – MM is a co-author)

* A Cochrane systematic review of psychosocial interventions for informal caregivers of cancer patients (RDO Cochrane Fellowship – MM is a co-author)

* A Cochrane systematic review of Thalidomide for cancer cachexia. (RDO Cochrane Fellowship – MM is a co-author)

 

Chief Investigators

Dr Michael Donnelly & Professor Liam Murray

 

Period of fellowship

November 2007 to October 2010