Our research

All of the research we carry out at St Oswald’s Hospice is organised under five themes:

Clinical Care, Emotional Health and Wellbeing, Parents and Families, Bereavement and Service, Organisation and Delivery.

Lymphoedema: Management of Lymphoedema by Independent Hospices: A Cohort Study

This study was carried out by a cohort from four independent hospices in the North East of England, including St Oswald’s Hospice. By analysing the data from patients attending lymphoedema services delivered by the four hospices in 2017/2018, it aimed to better understand the patient demographics; reasons for referral; and numbers of people living and being treated for lymphoedema in the North East,

Results highlighted that Independent hospices are providing a specialist lymphoedema service, which is high in volume and largely invisible. This service is delivered at not insignificant cost. In contrast to previous work in the North East of England, lymphoedema sufferers are more likely to be female and not have the condition in association with cancer. The availability of rigorous data collection will allow the independent hospices to understand better the delivery and associated costs of lymphoedema services.

How can Healthcare workers adapt non-pharmacological treatment, whilst maintaining safety when treating people with COVID-19 and delirium?

St Oswald’s Hospice Consultant, Dr Jo Elverson, was part of the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine COVID-19 Palliative Care Rapid Review coordinating team, who carried out this study. The team were thanked ‘for their contribution in review development and in providing internal peer review for this manuscript’.

We are about to commence more research over the coming months, please check back on this page for more updates.

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