Elaine Stevens


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PhD projects

Palliative Care Palliative Day Services


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Personal profile


Elaine is the programme leader for the BSc (hons) Professional Health Studies. Elaine is a Registered Nurse and worked in hospice care for over thrity years. Elaine has worked for the University of the West of Scotland as a full time academic since December 2013. For 13 years prior to this Elaine was a joint appointment with UWS and Ayrshire Hospice.

Current research activities

Elaine completed her PhD at UWS in April 2018. Her study  explored the outcomes of attending a traditional model of specialist palliative day services on attendees' quality of life, wellbeing and mood.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Elaine's main interests are related to palliative care and more specifically psychological wellbeing, palliative care educational research and development, ethical issues related to end of life care, team working, stress and burnout and meaning an purpose in life. In addition Elaine has a keen interest in issues of loss, grief and bereavement. Elaine has been invloved at national level in developing strategies and policies for palliative care and also loss, grief and bereavement.

Desired research direction

Elaine is interested in forwarding the research aound specialist palliative day services, particularly around the outcomes for attendees.

External positions

External Examiner, Edge Hill University

30 Sep 2001 → …

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Research Output

  • Home palliative care in the United Kingdom and Europe

    Stevens, E. & Milligan, S., 15 Aug 2019, Hospice palliative home care and bereavement support: nursing interventions and supportive care. Holtslander, L., Peacock, S. & Bally, J. (eds.). Springer International Publishing AG, p. 45-62 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • A retrospective medical records review of risk factors for the development of respiratory tract secretions (death rattle) in the dying patient

    Kolb, H., Snowden, A., Stevens, E. & Atherton, I., 1 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Advanced Nursing. 74, 7, p. 1639-1648 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    149 Downloads (Pure)

    Communication and palliative care nursing

    Stevens, E., 18 May 2018, Palliative Care Nursing: Principles and Evidence for Practice. Walshe, C., Preston, N. & Johnston, B. (eds.). 3rd ed. UK: Open University Press, (UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Health & Social Welfare).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    211 Downloads (Pure)