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Dr. Fiona Aspinal

Research Fellow

Fiona Aspinal is a research fellow at York University, United Kingdom


Fiona Aspinal is a research fellow at York University, United Kingdom. Her social policy research interests include: integration of services for service users with long-term conditions/needs, transitions of service users, public and user involvement in policy and service development, palliative care provision and quality. Her current social policy research projects include 1) the Models of reablement evaluation: a mixed methods evaluation of a complex intervention (The MoRE project), and 2) Risk, safety and safeguarding: understanding and application of concepts and implications for integrated care services.Fiona is a member of the Qualitative Research Network, the End of Life and Bereavement Group (SPRU), the Qualitative Methods Group (SPRU) and the Quantitative Design and Methods Group (SPRU).


Lack of knowledge about practice of care home managers prompts research study
Community Care

January 14, 2014

A third study will look at the different terminology used by the NHS and social care to define issues of risk to service users and patients, at a time when there is ever-greater emphasis on integrated care. While the health service tends to refer to patient ‘safety’, in social care ‘safeguarding’ is more common. The study, led by Professor Yvonne Birks and Dr Fiona Aspinal, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York, will: examine how the terms ‘risk’, ‘safety’ and ‘safeguarding’ are used and understood in different contexts...

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What is important to measure in the last months and weeks of life?: A modified nominal group study
International Journal of Nursing Studies

2006Identifying the most important issues for palliative care patients and their families, and assessing whether services address these appropriately is important. Little is known about the views of United Kingdom service users and whether, and in what ways, ...

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A research study to identify facilitators and barriers to outcome measure implementation
International Journal of Palliative Nursing

2005AIM: To identify facilitators and barriers to implementing outcome measures. Methods: An action-research approach within a hospice and nursing home was used. Staff took part in semistructured interviews pre-and post-implementation of the Palliative Care Outcome ...

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It just didn't work: the realities of quality assessment in the English health care context
International Journal of Nursing Studies

2004AIMS: Assessment of care quality is integral to health and palliative care provision and there is a need to develop and implement outcome measures to assess quality. This study aimed to:(1) describe the implementation of a palliative care outcome measure in non-specialist ...

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Using satisfaction to measure the quality of palliative care: a review of the literature
Journal of Advanced Nursing

2003The advent of clinical governance in British health policy has placed increased demands on health care providers and practitioners to ascertain the quality of their services. Traditional indicators of quality of health care, such as death or recovery rates, are not ...

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Professionals' views and experiences of using outcome measures in palliative care
International Journal of Palliative Nursing

2003In palliative care, outcome measures are increasingly used to aid clinical practice, conduct audit and research. The objective of this study was to elicit professionals' views and experiences of using outcome measures, paying special attention to the Palliative care ...

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Area of Expertise

Palliative Care Provision and Quality


Social Policy


Health and Wellness

Health Care - Facilities

Health Care - Services


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