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Constantina Papadopoulou



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I am a Lecturer in Cancer Care at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) since February 2016. My role combines teaching and research activities. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Dundee in 2013. Over the past eight years, I have gained extensive research experience through my work as a researcher on different projects focussing on the improvement of the delivery of patient care in both the acute and palliative care setting. I have an invested interest in supporting patients with cancer and their families through innovative nurse-led research that endeavours to develop and implement interventions targeting psycho-educational aspects of care in order to facilitate living with and beyond illness. 

I am the Module Co-ordinator for three modules (Therapeutic Communication, Systemic Anticancer Treatment Adninstration, The Principles of Haematology)  in the BSc Professional Health Studies Programme. I am also undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. I work in collaboration with the Beatson Cnacer Centre and local Health Boards.

Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Cancer nursing
  • Haematological oncology
  • Communication
  • Patient education
  • Symptom management
  • Evidence-based care
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures

I worked on eHealth intervention studies witn Professor Roma Maguire (University of Surrey). One project involved a prospective mixed methods study investigating the management of chemotherapy-related symptoms through use of mobile phone technology and real-time symptom assessment. As part of my role, I was  involved in the training and recruitment of patients; communication and close collaboration with health care professionals in the participating sites; co-ordination of data collection through use of quantitative and qualitative methods; support of junior research staff; and report and publication writing. I was also a core member of a multi-centre prospective RCT funded by the European Union (FP7). I initiated, facilitated and co-ordinated dialogue between partner countries on a number of research design and methodology matters, while at the same time I led a systematic review on clinical guidelines for the management of chemotherapy-related symptoms and self-care and self-management advice conducted as part of the project, where I had the opportunity to work collaboratively with partners with different clinical, professional and even cultural backgrounds. I was heavily involved in the technological implementation of the system through working closely with the company partner bringing together my clinical and research expertise.

I have also worked in the palliative setting, with Prof Bridget Johnston (University of Glasgow) on the implementation of the Dignity Care Inventory in the community, a patient centred intervention focussing on addressing dignity related needs of patients nearing end of life. As part of this project, I have been involved in various stages of the research enterprise from research methods to data collection (focus groups with health professionals), data analysis and dissemination of findings (through report and paper writing). Moreover, I was also involved in a feasibility project exploring the early access to palliative services for patients with lung cancer, where I had a substantive contribution to the project’s final output through systematic data collection, effective data analysis and critical interpretation of findings.

Current research activities

Currently, as a member of the cluster "Deteriorating Patient" within the Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice, I am working towards the development of an evidence based framework to increase nurses’ competencies in providing sexual health care to patients with cancer. Another area of work involves creating an information toolkit using technology to facilitate the decision-making of patients undergoing haemopoetic stem cell transplantation.

Desired research direction

I have a strong commitment in carrying out top-level research, whose primary goal is to directly impact on the care provided by meeting the expectations, priorities and needs of both care providers (i.e. health professionals) and care receivers (i.e. patients, families and informal carers). I strongly believe that the University of the West of Scotland and the Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice offer a great environment to enable high quality and innovative research through a long-standing collaboration with NHS Health Boards with the ultimate goal being to provide better care to patients and families affected by cancer and other long-term conditions.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

  • Systematic reviews
  • Qualitative meta-synthesis methods
  • Quality of qualitative research
  • Phenomenology, Interpretative Phenomenological analysis
  • Thematic analysis
  • Use of computer packages to assist analysis of qualitative datasets
  • Experience in large longitudinal qualitative datasets
  • In-depth interviewing
  • Interested in the use of discourse analysis in exploring formation of meaning
  • Participatory Action research
  • Interested in exploring creative methodologies for data capturing and analysis
  • Interested in integrating innovative technological solutions within the clinical settings


  • RT Nursing
  • Cancer Care
  • Interventions
  • Technology
  • Research methodology
  • qualitative methodology
  • Psychosocial Care
  • Ethics

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Research Output

  • Leadership skills in the higher education sector: a study of Scotland

    Harrison, C., Collins, S., Gilardi, M., Reilly, C. A., Valentin, S., Balaraman, P. & Papadopoulou, C., 5 Sep 2019, British Academy of Management (BAM) 2019 Conference. British Academy of Management, 9 p. 437

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • Open Access
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  • Nurses' caring behaviors towards patients undergoing chemotherapy in Greece: a mixed methods study

    Karlou, C., Papadopoulou, C., Papathanassoglou, E., Lemonidou, C., Vouzavali, F., Zafiropoulou- Koutroubas, A., Katsaragakis, S. & Patiraki, E., 1 Sep 2018, In : Cancer Nursing. 41, 5, p. 399-408 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    • 1 Oral presentation

    Leadership in Higher Education: A Study of the University of the West of Scotland

    Christian Harrison (Speaker), Stephen Collins (Speaker), Marco Gilardi (Speaker), Christine Reilly (Speaker), Stephanie Valentin (Speaker), Pravin Balaraman (Speaker), Constantina Papadopoulou (Speaker)
    27 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation