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CV Barbara Gomes
Curriculum Vitae
Barbara Gomes
Present position
Research Fellow, Project DINAMO (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation)
King’s College London, Cicely Saunders Institute, Dept. of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation
Cicely Saunders Institute, Bessemer Road, London SE5 9RJ, United Kingdom
Telephone number
+44 207 848 5628
+351 91 958 1050
Email address
[email protected]
PhD in Palliative Care
King’s College London
MSc in Palliative Care (distinction)
King’s College London
BSc Psychology and Health (15 out of 20 marks) University of Porto
Previous positions
10/2006 – 01/2013
PhD Research Training Fellow
King’s College London, Cicely Saunders Institute
01/2004 – 10/2006
Research Associate
King’s College London, Cicely Saunders Institute
05/2002 – 01/2003
Research Assistant
University of Porto, Faculty of Psychology
Research Collaborator
Portuguese North Health Authority
Research experience
Areas: palliative care, cancer care, health services evaluation, outcome measurement, preferences
and expectations, place of death, older people, public education, bereavement.
Skills: systematic literature reviewing, theory development, questionnaire development, ecological
studies, telephone and postal population-based surveys, cross-national research, analysis of large
datasets, interviewing adolescents, young adults, advanced patients, carers and bereaved relatives,
multivariate statistical methods, content and discourse analysis, focus on quantitative methods.
Other research-related skills: writing grant proposals, protocols, peer-reviewed papers, reports to a
range of audiences; local and international project management; dissemination into media and policy;
teaching and tutoring (MSc in Palliative Care); reviewing research (Journal of Clinical Oncology,
Journal of Palliative Care, Palliative Medicine, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, BMC
Public Health); team working.
Additional research training
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials)
Regulations and Amendments
King’s Health Partners
Health Economics module (MSc Mental Health Services Research)
King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry
Intensive Course Epidemiology and Medical Statistics
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Relevant research grants
2011 – present
Project DINAMO: Energising advanced training and research to optimise home
palliative care services in Portugal. Funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian
Foundation (60 months). Principal Investigator.
2012 – present
OptCare – Optimising palliative care for older people in community settings;
development and evaluation of a new short-term integrated service. Funded by
the National Institute for Health Research. (48 months). Co-applicant.
2011 – present
Geographical and temporal Understanding In place of Death in England (19842009): analysis of trends and associated factors to improve End of Life Care
(GUIDE_CARE). Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (18
months). Co-applicant.
Report on current and future needs for hospice care: an evidence-based report.
Funded by Help the Hospices (four months). Principal Investigator.
Report on local preferences and place of death in regions within England
2010. Funded by the UK National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (three
months). Principal Investigator.
2009 – 2011
QUALYCARE study: For better quality of care at the end of life for patients with
cancer and their families. Funded by Cicely Saunders International. National
Institute for Health Research study (NIHR/UKCRN ID 7041). Study coordinator.
2010 – 2011
Understanding place of death for patients with non-malignant disease: a
systematic literature review. Funded by the National Institute for Health
Research, Service Delivery and Organisation Programme (12 months). Coapplicant.
2008 – 2011
PRISMA project: Reflecting the positive diversities of European priorities for
research and measurement in end of life care. Funded by the European
Commission (Health-F2-2008-201655) (36 months). Work Package Two Lead.
2007 – 2009
Improving end of life care for the elderly at the hospital community interface: an
A&E audit. Funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity/King’s College Hospital
Charity (12 months). Co-Principal Investigator.
Communication about the end of life: the role of the Portuguese media. Funded
by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (12 months). Co-Principal Investigator.
Publications in peer-reviewed journals
Daveson BA, Alonso JP, Calanzani N, Ramsenthaler C, Gysels M, Antunes B, Moens K, Groeneveld
EI, Albers G, Finetti S, Pettentati F, Bausewein C, Higginson IJ, Harding R, Deliens L, Toscani F,
Ferreira PL, Ceulemans L, GOMES B on behalf of PRISMA. Learning from the public: citizens
describe the need to improve end-of-life care access, provision and recognition across Europe. Eur J
Public Health. 2013 Mar 13. [Epub ahead of print]. DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckt029
Daveson BA, Bausewein C, Murtagh FE, Calanzani N, Higginson IJ, Harding R, Cohen J, Simon ST,
Deliens L, Bechinger-English D, Hall S, Koffman J, Ferreira PL, Toscani F, Gysels M, Ceulemans L,
Haugen DF, GOMES B on behalf of PRISMA. To be involved or not to be involved: A survey of public
preferences for self-involvement in decision-making involving mental capacity (competency) within
Europe. Palliat Med 2013 Feb 20. [Epub ahead of print]. DOI: 10.1177/0269216312471883
Harding R, Simms V, Calanzani N, Higginson IJ, Hall S, Gysels M, Meñaca A, Bausewein C, Deliens
L, Ferreira P, Toscani F, Daveson BA, Ceulemans L, GOMES B on behalf of PRISMA. If you had less
than a year to live, would you want to know? A seven-country European population survey of public
preferences for disclosure of poor prognosis. Psychooncology. 2013 Mar 18. [Epub ahead of print].
DOI: 10.1002/pon.3283
Bausewein C, Calanzani N, Daveson BA, Simon ST, Ferreira PL, Higginson IJ, Bechinger-English D,
Deliens L, Gysels M, Toscani F, Ceulemans L, Harding R, GOMES B on behalf of PRISMA. 'Burden to
others' as a public concern in advanced cancer: a comparative survey in seven European countries.
BMC Cancer 2013;13(1):105.
GOMES B, Calanzani N, Gysels M, Hall S, Higginson IJ. Heterogeneity and changes in preferences
for dying at home: a systematic review. BMC Palliat Care. 2013 Feb 15;12(1):7.
Downing J, Gikaara N, GOMES B, Daveson BA, Higginson IJ, Harding R on behalf of PRISMA. Public
opinion on preferences and priorities for end-of-life care in sub-Saharan Africa: piloting a novel method
of street surveying. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2012;2:72-4.
Ferreira, PL, Antunes B, Pinto AB, GOMES B. Cuidados de fim de vida: Portugal no projeto europeu
PRISMA | [End-of-life care: Portugal in the European project PRISMA]. Revista Portuguesa de Saude
Publica 2012; 30(1):62-70.
GOMES B, Higginson IJ, Calanzani N, Cohen J, Deliens L, Daveson BA, Bechinger-English D,
Bausewein C, Ferreira PL, Toscani F, Meñaca A, Gysels M, Ceulemans L, Simon S, Pasman HRW,
Albers G, Hall S, Murtagh F, Haugen DF, Downing J, Koffman J, Pettenati F, Finetti S, Antunes B,
Harding R on behalf of PRISMA. Preferences for place of death if faced with advanced cancer: A
population survey in England, Flanders, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Annals
of Oncology 2012; 23(8):2006-15.
GOMES B, Calanzani N, Higginson IJ. Reversal of the British trends in place of death: time series
analysis 2004-2010. Palliat Med 2012;26(2):102-7.
Koffman J, Hall S, Riley J, McCrone P, GOMES B. Bereaved relatives’ views about participating in
cancer research. Palliat Med 2012;26(4):379-83.
Simon ST, GOMES B, Koeskeroglu P, Higginson IJ, Bausewein C. (2012) Population, mortality and
place of death in Germany (1950-2050) - Implications for end-of-life care in the future. Public Health
2012; 126(11):937-46.
Beynon T, GOMES B, Murtagh FE, Glucksman E, Parfitt A, Burman R, Edmonds P, Carey I, Keep J,
Higginson IJ. How common are palliative care needs among older people who die in the Emergency
Department? Emerg Med J 2011;28(6):491-5.
Daveson BA, Bechinger-English D, Bausewein C, Simon ST, Harding R, Higginson IJ, GOMES B on
behalf of PRISMA. Constructing understandings of end-of-life care in Europe: a qualitative study
involving cognitive interviewing with implications for cross-national surveys. J Palliat Med
GOMES B, McCrone P, Hall S, Koffman J, Higginson IJ. Variations in the quality and costs of end-oflife care, preferences and palliative outcomes for cancer patients by place of death: the QUALYCARE
study. BMC Cancer 2010;10:400.
Higginson IJ, Hall S, Koffman J, Riley J, GOMES B. Time to get it right: Are preferences for place of
death more stable than we think? Palliat Med 2010;24(3):352-3.
GOMES B, Higginson IJ, McCrone P. Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of home palliative care
services for adults with advanced illness and their caregivers (Protocol). Cochrane Database of
Systematic Reviews 2009, Issue 2, Art. No. CD007760. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007760 (Citation
as instructed).
GOMES B, Higginson IJ. Where people die (1974—2030): past trends, future projections and
implications for care. Palliat Med 2008;22(1):33-41.
GOMES B, Higginson IJ. Factors influencing death at home in terminally ill patients with cancer:
systematic review. Br Med J 2006;332:515-521.
Solano JP, GOMES B, Higginson IJ. A comparison of symptom prevalence in far advanced cancer,
AIDS, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and renal disease. J Pain
Symptom Manage 2006;31:58-69.
Editorials, meeting reports and correspondence in peer-reviewed journals
Pivodic L, Higginson IJ, Sarmento VP, GOMES B. Standardize records of place of death. Nature. In
Sleeman KE, GOMES B, Higginson IJ. Research into end-of-life cancer care – investment is needed.
Lancet 2012;379(9815):519.
Harding R, GOMES B, Foley FM, Higginson IJ. Research priorities in health economics and funding
for Palliative Care: Views of an International Think Tank. J Pain Symptom Manage 2009;38:11-14.
GOMES B, Harding R, Foley KM, Higginson IJ. Optimal approaches to the health economics of
palliative care: report of an international think tank. J Pain Symptom Manage 2009;38(1):4-10.
Kabengele Mpinga E, Pennec S, GOMES B, Cohen J, Higginson IJ, Wilson D, Rapin CH. First
International symposium on places of death: an agenda for the 21 century. J Palliat Care
GOMES B, Higginson IJ. Home or hospital: choices at the end of life. J R Soc Med 2004;97(9):413-14.
Book chapters
GOMES B, Cohen J, Deliens L, Higginson IJ. International trends in circumstances of death and dying
among older people. In: Living with Ageing and Dying: Palliative and End of Life Care for Older
People, 1 edition. London: Oxford University Press. 2011:3-18.
GOMES B, Higginson IJ, Davies E. Hospice and palliative care. In: Heggenhougen K, Quah S (Eds),
International Encyclopedia of Public Health, 1 edition. San Diego: Academic Press. 2008;3:460-469.
Date: 20/03/13
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