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Diana Teggi

Social Policy

PhD Researcher in Social Policy (ESRC +3)
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bath

Start date: October 2017

Research topic: End of Life Care in Care Homes

My research looks at End of Life Care (EOLC) for and with old adults living and dying in care homes. Given the ageing of populations and the epidemiological transition to non-communicable diseases, more and more people are expected to die in their late 80s when the incidence of dementia, chronic disabling illnesses and institutionalisation is higher. Hence, this PhD answers whether care homes provide – or have the potential to provide – a kind of EOLC that is attuned to the hallmarks of dying in the 21st century England, that is in late old age (80+), with severe disability, frailty, and dementia. It does so by applying a mixed methods design that integrates multivariate analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) with ethnographic observation and interviewing of staff in up to six care homes in the South West of England. This project thus addresses the lack of up-to-date evidence base to inform EOLC practice in institutional long-term care. Further, it investigates the potential and hurdles of EOLC provision in the care home sector.

Research supervisors: Dr Kate Woodthorpe, Emeritus Professor Malcolm Johnson, Dr Matt Dickson

Professional memberships/Positions held:

Social & Policy Sciences Academic Representative (University of Bath)