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1981 …2020

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Research Interests

Research Statement

The purpose of my program of research is to assess and promote quality care for family carers and patients as they near the end-of-life.  My research focusses on the structure, process, and outcomes in service delivery. As part of this work I examine how personal, social, and environmental  factors affect care.   This work is designed to assist in the development, evaluation and translation of new and innovative interventions to improve access, quality  and outcomes in this population.

Research Interests

Health services research, health systems research, chronic illness, palliative care,  aged care, supportive cancer care, organizational change, ethics, and research methodology


Evidence based nursing – level 3 (NFY3005), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast

Post Graduate Diploma Specialist Practice (Oncology Nursing), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast. 

 Issues in Dementia Care – (HSN3022), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast

 Model of Dementia Care – (HSN3031), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast

Current Projects

Co-investigator, Feasibility Study of an On-Line Intervention for Family Caregivers of Residential-Living Frail Older Persons. Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network, Canada (Principal Investigator: Duggleby W, Co-investigators: Ploeg  J, McAiney C, Parmar J,  Holroyd-Leduc J, Peacock S,   Nekolaichuk C,  Ghosh S, Forbes  D, Kassalainen  S)  2016-2017.

Co-investigator, Reducing hospital admissions of people with dementia in nursing homes: The role of anticipatory care planning. GAIN: Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network (Principal Investigator: McLaughlin D, Co-investigators:  Carter G) 2016

Co-investigator, Advance care planning with older adults who have end-stage kidney diseases. Feasibility of a deferred entry randomised controlled trial incorporating a mixed methods process evaluation. The Dunhill Medical Trust  (Principal Investigator: O’Halloran P, Co-investigators: Noble H, Fogarty P, Murtagh F, Brown J, Shields J, Mordon S) 2015-2017

 Co-investigator, Partnering together to improve palliative care in Long Term Care. Co-funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Partnerships in Health System Improvement; Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions; Manitoba Health Research Council; Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care; Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation  (Principal Investigator: Kaasalainen S,  Co-investigator: Costello A, Hunter P, Neves P, Sussman T, Thompson G, Venturato L. Co-Investigators: Akhtar-Danesh N, Bourgeois-Guérin V,  Chochinov H, dal Bello-Haas V, Duggleby W, Earl M, Goodridge D, Hadjistavropoulos T, Holtslander L, McCleary L, McClement S, O’Leary J, Papaioannou A, Parker D, Ploeg J, Sinclair S, Strachan P, Thorpe L, Touchette C, Trinidad G, You J, Young L.) 2015-2018.

Co-investigator, ‘Improving Palliative Care in Long Term Care Homes Using Participatory Action Research’. Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network, Canada  (Principal investigator: Kassalinen S,  Co-investigators: Sussman T, Neves P, O’Leary J, Akhtar-Danesh N, Brazil K, Bonifas R, Bourgeois Guérin V, dal Bello-Haas V, Earl M, Kelley ML, McCleary L, McKee M, Papaioannou A, Parker D, Ploeg J, Sinclair S, Strachan P, Thompson G, Venturato L, Wickson-Griffiths A, You J, Young L) 2015-2017

Principal Investigator, “Promoting informed decision making and effective communication through advance care planning for people living with dementia and their family carers”.  The Atlantic Philanthropies and HSC Public Health  (Co-investigators: Clarke M, Froggatt K, Hudson P, Kernohan G, McLaughlin D, Passmore P) 2014-2016

Co-Lead, “Costs and effectiveness of UK palliative care day services: a three-centre mixed methods study of impact upon patients and family carers”. Marie Curie Cancer Care Research  (Project lead: Kernohan G, Co-investigators: Hasson F, McCorry N, Coast J, McIlFatrick S) 2014-2017

Co-investigator, ‘Pain assessment and management for persons with advanced dementia nearing the end of life’. The Atlantic Philanthropies and HSC Public Health (Principal Investigator: Parsons C, Co-investigators: Bannin De Witt J, Passmore P, McIlfatrick S, Watson M, Morgan S, Maxwell D, Buchanan H.) 2014-2017.

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Research Output

  • Anticipatory care planning intervention for older adults at risk of functional decline: study protocol for a primary care cluster feasibility randomised trial

    Brazil, K., Scott, D., Wallace, E., Clarke, M., Fahey, T., Gillespie, P., O'Halloran, P., Cardwell, C., Carter, G., McGlade, K. & Doyle, F., 11 Feb 2020, In : Trials. 21, 1, 10 p., 168.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 42 Downloads (Pure)

    Exploring the costs, consequences and efficiency of three types of palliative care day services in the UK: a pragmatic before-and-after descriptive cohort study

    Mitchell, P. M., Coast, J., Myring, G., Ricciardi, F., Vickerstaff, V., Jones, L., Zafar, S., Cudmore, S., Jordan, J., McKibben, L., Graham-Wisener, L., Finucane, A., Hewison, A., Haraldsdottir, E., Brazil, K. & Kernohan, G., 07 Aug 2020, In : BMC palliative care. 19, 9 p., 119.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 63 Downloads (Pure)

    333 Transnational Effectiveness-Implementation Study of the Family Carer decision Support Intervention to Improve End of Life Care in Long-Term Care

    Hartigan, I., Brazil, K., Kaasalainen, S., Sussman, T., van der Steen, J., Louka, M., Di Giulo, P. & Cornally, N., 16 Sep 2019, In : Age and Ageing. 48, Supp 3, p. iii17-iii65

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract

    A qualitative study on perceived barriers and facilitators of implementing an antimicrobial stewardship intervention in the management of urinary tract infections in a long term care setting

    Chan, A., O'Donnell, D., Kassa, B., Paraschiv, N., Goldstein, N., Brazil, K., Papaionannou, A. & Dolovich, L., 23 Oct 2019, In : Open Forum Infectious Diseases. 6, supplement 2 , p. S688-S689

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract


  • Activities

    Public Health Agency (External organisation)

    Kevin Brazil (Advisor)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel

    Research: care for today, cure for tomorrow

    Kevin Brazil (Invited speaker)

    21 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Supporting family carer decision-making at the end of life: The Family Carer Decision Support Intervention’

    Kevin Brazil (Invited speaker)

    09 May 201910 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Helen Chan

    Kevin Brazil (Host)

    23 Apr 201804 May 2018

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    Supporting family carers on establishing goals of care at the end of life for a family member living with dementia

    Kevin Brazil (Invited speaker)

    31 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference


    Determining the Informational Needs of Family Caregivers of People With Learning Disabilities Who Require Palliative Care: A Qualitative Study

    Author: McKibben, L., Dec 2018

    Supervisor: Brazil, K. (Supervisor), McLaughlin, D. (Supervisor) & Hudson, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy