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Head of Department and Director of Cicely Saunders Institute
Palliative care, palliative medicine, epidemiology of symptoms, health services evaluation, outcomes, audit, effectiveness, home care, psychosocial factors.
Professor Irene Higginson qualified in medicine from Nottingham University and has worked in wide ranging medical and university positions, including radiotherapy and oncology, in-patient and home hospice care, the Department of Health (England), and various universities. She has been at King's as Professor and Head of Department since October 1996. While at King's from 2002 to 2005 she was Dean of Postgraduate Studies in the School of Medicine. In 2002 she was appointed Scientific Director of Cicely Saunders International, a new charity seeking to develop a centre of research in palliative care to improve care for patients and families.
Before coming to King's she was a Senior Lecturer/Consultant at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Director of Research and Development at Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster Health Authority.
She has research interests and publications in the following areas: quality of life and outcome measurements, evaluation of palliative care especially of new services and interventions, epidemiology, clinical audit, effectiveness, psychosocial factors and care, symptom assessment, cachexia/anorexia, and elderly care. In addition she has advised several governments, charities and other bodies on palliative care.