Gillian Carter
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    Research Statement

    Research Statement

    My research interests focus on communication and decision-making for family carers and patients within palliative care, in particular for individuals living with dementia and in the support of patients and family carers who are transitioning to palliative care. I also am interested in enhancing the provision of support for family carers of individuals living with dementia focusing on the availability of peer support facilities. 

    I have helped design and conduct a cluster randomised controlled trial investigating the use of Advance Care Planning for individuals living with dementia residing in nursing homes, and also a cross-sectional survey reviewing GPs’ perceptions on palliative care for individuals with dementia.


    Research Interests

    Chronic illness, palliative care, neurodegenerative disease, aged care


    Leadership Roles

    Member of PhD Mentoring Scheme

    Post-Doctoral Co-Representative


    Teaching Roles

    Undergraduate modules:

    Evidence Based Nursing - Level 1 (NFM 1105)

    Health and Well-being - Level 1 (NFM 1101)


    Postgraduate modules:

    Master class workshops – PhD students

    Clinical Inquiry & Applied Practice Based Research (HSN 7035) - Module Co-ordinator

    Qualitative Research Methods (NUR 7010)


    Post-registration modules

    Models of Dementia (HSN 3031)

    Current Graduate Supervision
    Member of PhD Mentoring Scheme


    Currently Funded Research Projects

    Principle Investigator in:

    Carter, G., Brazil, K., and McLaughlin, D., (2016 - 2017) Reducing Hospital Admissions of People with Dementia from Nursing Homes: The Role of Anticipatory Care Planning. Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network (GAIN)

    Co-investigator in:

    Brazil, K., Brown-Wilson, C. and Carter, G. (2019 - present) Scaling up the Family Carer Decision Support Intervention: A multi-site implementation evaluationAlzheimer's Society - Implementation Grant 

    Brazil, K., Brown-Wilson, C. and Carter, G. (2019 - present) Scaling up the Family Carer Decision Support Intervention: A transnational effectiveness-implementation evaluationJPND Multinational research projects on Health and Social Care

    Brazil, K., Cardwell, C, Carter, G. et al (2018 - present) Anticipatory care planning intervention for older adults at risk of functional decline. CHITIN

    Brazil, K., Galway, K., McLaughlin, D., Carter, G., and Scott, A. (2013 – present) Improving palliative care in advanced dementia collaborative network. HSC R&D Office Northern Ireland.


    Completed Research Projects

    Research Fellow in:

    Brazil, K., Clarke, M., Froggatt, K., Hudson, P., Kernohan, G., McLaughlin, D., Passmore, P. (2014- 2017). 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

    Brazil, K., Galway, K., Van Der Steen, J., Watson, M. (2013 – 2014). General practitioners perceptions on palliative care for Individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other progressive dementias. Care to Know Centre, Applied Client-focused Team research Grants program, Canada.


    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    Dr Carter is open to PhD applications in the fields of:
    - The needs of carers of individuals living with a chronic illness
    - The development of peer led interventions using the Experience Based Co Design.

    Frequent Journals

    • Nursing and Health Sciences

      ISSNs: 1441-0745

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1442-2018


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.57 SJR 0.565 SNIP 0.89


    • Journal of Advanced Nursing

      ISSNs: 0309-2402

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1365-2648


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.66 SJR 1.007 SNIP 1.416


    • Palliative Medicine

      ISSNs: 0269-2163

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1477-030X

      SAGE Publications Ltd

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.03 SJR 2.029 SNIP 2.011


    • BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care

      ISSNs: 2045-4368, 2045-435X

      BMJ Publishing Group

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.05 SJR 1.187 SNIP 1.175


    • Health Psychology Research

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2281-2075


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