TayPEOLC Research


To be a collaborative transdisciplinary research community that undertakes high quality palliative and end-of-life care research and ensures that research knowledge is translated into real world settings to improve the quality of care of persons with PEOLC needs and the quality of life for carers and enable a good death for those at the end of life.


Judith Sixsmith: Professor of Health Related Research

Debbie Baldie: Senior Nurse, Practice Development/Research Fellow

Sarah Mills: Academic Fellow in General Practice

Lesley Howells: Centre Head & Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Maggies Centre, Dundee

Current Objectives:

With respect to palliative and end of life care, our mission is to:

  • work with health, social care, hospice and community/voluntary care personnel to identify the key knowledge requirements to provide quality care across Tayside and Fife.
  • work with patients, their carers and families to identify what matters most to them about their care, what their priorities are for improving quality of care, quality of life and good death.  
  • innovate through working with a range of research models and tools to engage with all stakeholders to improve patients’, carers’ and families’ experiences of palliative and end of life care and the quality of care people receive.
  • actively seek to positively influence through knowledge translation mechanisms palliative and end of life care and care experiences at a practice and policy level by sharing our research findings broadly across locally, nationally and internationally and engaging stakeholders through the research process to ensure that impact of our research can be maximised.
  • provide a research focus and support for the development of early researchers, students, interns and service practitioners in order to build capacity for ongoing research in palliative and end of life care.
  • Build PEOLC research capacity, quality and links in Tayside and Fife


Useful Links:

Palliative Care Research Society

European Association for Palliative Care Research Network

A beginners guide to sucessful palliative care research (SPPC)

Master of Public Health (Palliative Care Research), University of Dundee

Publications from Tayside Related to Palliative and End of Life Care