Biography

Morag has worked in health services research for over 30 years, predominantly in palliative and supportive care. She has worked for health authorities in London, and within the universities of London, Manchester, Cambridge and East Anglia (UEA). An early graduate nurse by background (King’s College London), she holds a Masters in Medical Sociology and PhD (University of London) on the definition and measurement of quality of life in older people. Research interests include breathlessness in advanced disease, palliative care, informal carers, older people, and methodology – particularly the development and testing of interventions and mixed methods.

As a Senior Lecturer at UEA she leads a research programme on improving care and support for patients and carers living with advanced disease, including the SNAP programme and Learning about Breathlessness programme:

  • SNAP (the Support Needs Approach for Patients) is developing and testing an intervention to enable person-centred care in advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), funded by Marie Curie: https://thesnap.org.uk
  • Learning about Breathlessness (LaB) is developing an educational intervention for carers of patients with breathlessness in advanced malignant and non-malignant disease: LaB2 is funded by an NIHR Research for Patient Benefit grant. 

These projects build on work conducted at University of Cambridge (where she is an Honorary Visiting Fellow) as a Senior Research Associate and NIHR Career Development Fellow, including the Living with Breathlessness Study and Learning about Breathlessness Study. The Living with Breathlessness Study was a collaboration between Cambridge, King’s College London and RAND Europe on patient and carer need and care preferences in advanced COPD. She was also lead researcher on the RCT of the Cambridge Breathlessness Intervention Service, developed following the MRC framework for complex interventions in collaboration with Dr Sara Booth (Addenbrooke’s Palliative Care Team) and colleagues. 

Morag has collaborated and published with colleagues in Canada and Australia in the field of breathlessness in advanced disease and palliative care methodology.

In addition Morag is the Associate Director of Research (Research Environment) for the School of Health Sciences. She also has a teaching role, including co-leading a post-registration module on Using Evidence to Lead and Advance Practice, and post-graduate supervision.

Follow this work on Twitter: @MoragCFarquhar | @SNAPstudyteam | @LaB2_Study 

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