Health Sciences

Claire Foster

PhD, MSc, BSc, CPsychol

Primary position:
Reader in Health Psychology, Head of Macmillan Survivorship Research Group

Background

The University of Southampton

Claire Foster is a Chartered Health Psychologist leading the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group [MSRG] in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. Her research programme focuses on supporting self management by people affected by cancer, including supporting self management of cancer related problems following cancer treatment and supporting people with a family history of breast/ovarian cancer. The Macmillan funded MSRG research programme is designed to inform the development of more efficient and effective services to support survivors and enhance their return to fulfilling lives through: i. A prospective cohort of colorectal cancer patients across Great Britain to map restoration of health and well-being; ii. An online survey to assess self efficacy to self manage cancer/ treatment related problems following primary treatment; iii. Development and testing of an online intervention to enhance self efficacy to self manage cancer related fatigue in the year following primary cancer treatment. The team work closely with people affected by cancer as Research Partners in the development and conduct of research projects.

Claire is a member of the PsychoSocial Clinical Studies Group and a member of the Self Management Workstream of the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative. Claire is a member of Breast Cancer Campaign's Scientific Advisory Board.

Part of the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group

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Publications

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)

Article

Richardson, A., Wagland, R., Foster, R., Symons, J., Davis, C., Boyland, L., Foster, C. and Addington-Hall, J. (2013) Uncertainty and anxiety in the cancer of unknown primary patient journey: a multiperspective qualitative study. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care (doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2013-000482).
Eccles, Suzanne A., Aboagye, Eric O., Ali, Simak, Anderson, Annie S., Armes, Jo, Berditchevski, Fedor, Blaydes, Jeremy P., Brennan, Keith, Brown, Nicola J., Bryant, Helen E., Bundred, Nigel J., Burchell, Joy M., Campbell, Anna M., Carroll, Jason S., Clarke, Robert B., Coles, Charlotte E., Cook, Gary J.R., Cox, Angela, Curtin, Nicola J., Dekker, Lodewijk V., dos Santos Silva, Isabel, Duffy, Stephen W., Easton, Douglas F., Eccles, Diana M., Edwards, Dylan R., Edwards, Joanne, Evans, D. Gareth, Fenlon, Deborah F., Flanagan, James M., Foster, Claire, Gallagher, William M., Garcia-Closas, Montserrat, Gee, Julia M.W., Gescher, Andy J., Goh, Vicky, Groves, Ashley M., Harvey, Amanda J., Harvie, Michelle, Hennessy, Bryan T., Hiscox, Stephen, Holen, Ingunn, Howell, Sacha J., Howell, Anthony, Hubbard, Gill, Hulbert-Williams, Nick, Hunter, Myra S., Jasani, Bharat, Jones, Louise J., Key, Timothy J., Kirwan, Cliona C., Kong, Anthony, Kunkler, Ian H., Langdon, Simon P., Leach, Martin O., Mann, David J., Marshall, John F., Martin, Lesley Ann, Martin, Stewart G., Macdougall, Jennifer E., Miles, David W., Miller, William R., Morris, Joanna R., Moss, Sue M., Mullan, Paul, Natrajan, Rachel, O’Connor, James P.B., O’Connor, Rosemary, Palmieri, Carlo, Pharoah, Paul D.P., Rakha, Emad A., Reed, Elizabeth, Robinson, Simon P., Sahai, Erik, Saxton, John M., Schmid, Peter, Smalley, Matthew J., Speirs, Valerie, Stein, Robert, Stingl, John, Streuli, Charles H., Tutt, Andrew N. J., Velikova, Galina, Walker, Rosemary A., Watson, Christine J., Williams, Kaye J., Young, Leonie S. and Thompson, Alastair M. (2013) Critical research gaps and translational priorities for the successful prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Breast Cancer Research, 15, (5) (doi:10.1186/bcr3493).
Grimmett, Chloe, Armes, Jo, Breckons, Matthew, Calman, Lynn, Corner, Jessica, Fenlon, Deborah, Hulme, Claire, May, Christine M., May, Carl, Ream, Emma, Richardson, Alison, Smith, Peter W.F., Yardley, Lucy and Foster, Claire (2013) RESTORE: an exploratory trial of an online intervention to enhance self-efficacy to manage problems associated with cancer-related fatigue following primary cancer treatment: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 14, 184. (doi:10.1186/1745-6215-14-184). (PMID:23786716).
Fenlon, Deborah, Frankland, Jane, Foster, Claire, Brooks, Cindy, Coleman, Peter, Payne, Sheila, Seymour, Jane, Simmonds, Peter, Stephens, Richard, Walsh, Bronagh and Addington-Hall, Julia (2013) Living into old age with the consequences of breast cancer. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 17, (3), 311-316. (doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2012.08.004). (PMID:22947216).
Recio, Alejandra, Gerty, Sue, Foster, Claire, Cutress, R.I. and Eccles, Diana (2013) Information required for surgical decision making in young women with breast cancer. European Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO), 39, (5), 498. (doi:10.1016/j.ejso.2013.01.168).
Hopkinson, J.B., Fenlon, D. and Foster, Claire (2013) Outcomes of a nurse-delivered psychosocial intervention for weight- and eating-related distress in family carers of patients with advanced cancer. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 19, (3), 116-123. (PMID:23665569).
Wright, Penny, Fenlon, Deborah, Jones, Helen, Foster, Claire, Ashley, Laura, Chivers Seymour, Kim, Velikova, Galina, Okamoto, Ikumi and Brown, Julia (2013) Using the Clinical Research Network for psychosocial cancer research: lessons learned from two observational studies. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care , 1-10. (doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2012-000410).
Fenlon, D., Chivers Seymour, K., Okamoto, I., Winter, Jane, Richardson, Alison, Addington-Hall, J., Corner, J., Smith, Peter W., May, Christine, Breckons, M. and Foster, Claire (2013) Lessons learnt recruiting to a multi-site UK cohort study to explore recovery of health and well-being after colorectal cancer (CREW study). BMC Medical Research Methodology, 13, 153-153. (doi:10.1186/10.1186/1471-2288-13-153).
Jarrett, N., Scott, I., Addington-Hall, J., Amir, Z, Brearley, S, Hodges, L, Richardson, Alison, Sharpe, M, Stamataki, Z, Siller, C, Ziegler, L and Foster, C, Stark, D (ed.) (2013) Informing future research priorities into the psychological and social problems faced by cancer survivors: a rapid review and synthesis of the literature. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 17, (5), 510-520. (doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2013.03.003). (PMID:23619278).
Payne, S., Seymour, J., Molassiotis, A., Froggatt, K., Grande, G., Todd, C., Lloyd-Williams, M., Foster, C., Wilson, R., Rolls, E. and Addington-Hall, J. (2012) An evaluation of research capacity building from the Cancer Experiences Collaborative. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 2, (3), 280-285. (doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2012-000236).
Fenlon, Deborah R, Richardson, Alison, Addington-Hall, Julia M, Smith, Peter, Corner, Jessica L, Winter, Jane and Foster, Claire L (2012) A cohort study of the recovery of health and wellbeing following colorectal cancer (CREW study): protocol paper. BMC Health Services Research, 12, (1) (doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-90). (PMID:22475242).
Foster, C. and Fenlon, D. (2011) Recovery and self-management support following primary cancer treatment. British Journal of Cancer, 105, supplement 1, S21-S28. (doi:10.1038/bjc.2011.419). (PMID:22048029).
Richardson, A., Addington-Hall, J., Amir, Z., Foster, C., Stark, D., Armes, J., Brearley, S.G., Hodges, L., Hook, J., Jarrett, N., Stamataki, Z., Scott, I., Walker, J., Ziegler, L. and Sharpe, M. (2011) Knowledge, ignorance and priorities for research in key areas of cancer survivorship: findings from a scoping review. British Journal of Cancer, 105, supplement 1, S82-S94. (doi:10.1038/bjc.2011.425). (PMID:22048036).
Johnston, Bridget Margaret, Milligan, Stuart, Foster, Claire and Kearney, Nora (2011) Self-care and end of life care--patients' and carers' experience a qualitative study utilising serial triangulated interviews. Supportive Care in Cancer, 20, (8), 1619-1627. (doi:10.1007/s00520-011-1252-3).
Brearley, S.G., Stamataki, Z., Addington-Hall, J., Foster, C., Hodges, L., Jarrett, N., Richardson, A., Scott, I., Sharpe, M., Stark, D., Siller, C., Ziegler, L. and Amir, Z. (2011) The physical and practical problems experienced by cancer survivors: a rapid review and synthesis of the literature. [in special issue: Surviving Cancer] European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 15, (3), 204-212. (doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2011.02.005). (PMID:21489873).
Okamoto, Ikumi, Wright, David and Foster, Claire (2011) Impact of cancer on everyday life: a systematic appraisal of the research evidence. Health Expectations (doi:10.1111/j.1369-7625.2011.00662.x). (PMID:21332618).
Johnston, B., McGill, M., Milligan, S., McElroy, D., Foster, C. and Kearney, N. (2011) Self care and end of life care: patients' and carers' experience. Palliative Medicine (In Press).
Elliott, J, Staetsky, L, Smith, PWF, Foster, CL, Maher, EJ and Corner, J (2011) The health and well-being of cancer survivors in the UK: findings from a population-based survey. British Journal of Cancer, 105, S11-S20. (doi:10.1038/bjc.2011.418 ).
Payne, Sheila, Seymour, Jane, Molassiotis, Alex, Froggatt, Katherine, Grande, Gunn, Lloyd-Williams, Mari, Foster, Claire, Wilson, Roger, Rolls, Liz, Todd, Chris and Addington-Hall, Julia (2011) Benefits and challenges of collaborative research: lessons from supportive and palliative care. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 1, 5-11. (doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2011-000018).
Wright, David, Foster, Claire, Amir, Ziv, Elliott, Jim and Wilson , Roger (2010) Critical appraisal guidelines for assessing the quality and impact of user involvement in research. Health Expectations, 13, (4), 359-368. (doi:10.1111/j.1369-7625.2010.00607.x).
Chivers Seymour, Kim, Addington-Hall, Julia, Lucassen, Anneke M. and Foster, Claire L. (2010) What facilitates or impedes family communication following genetic testing for cancer risk? a systematic review and meta-synthesis of primary qualitative research. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 19, (4), 330-342. (doi:10.1007/s10897-010-9296-y).
Foster, C, Scott, I and Addington-Hall, J (2009) Who visits mobile UK services providing cancer information and support in the community? European Journal of Cancer Care, 1-6.
Foster, C., Wright, D., Hill, H., Hopkinson, J. and Roffe, L. (2009) Psychosocial implications of living 5 years or more following a cancer diagnosis: a systematic review of the research evidence. European Journal of Cancer Care, 18, (3), 223-247. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2354.2008.01001.x).
Foster, Claire and Roffe, Liz (2009) An exploration of the internet as a self-management resource. Journal of Research in Nursing, 14, (1), 13-24. (doi:10.1177/1744987108099237).
Johnston , Bridget , McGill, Maria , Milligan , Stuart , McElroy , Dorothy , Foster, Claire and Kearney , Nora (2009) Self care and end of life care in advanced cancer: literature review. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 13, (5), 386-398. (doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2009.04.003).
Foster, Claire, Brown, Janice, Killen, Maureen and Brearley, Sarah (2008) Editorial - The NCRI Cancer Experiences Collaborative: defining self-management. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 11, (4), 295-297. (doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2007.08.002).
Hopkinson, J.B., Wright, D.N.M. and Foster, C. (2008) Management of weight loss and anorexia. Annals of Oncology, 19, supplement 7, vii289-vii293. (doi:10.1093/annonc/mdn452). (PMID:18790968).
Ormondroyd, E., Moynihan, C., Ardern-Jones, A., Eeles, R., Foster, C., Davolls, S. and Watson, M. (2008) Communicating genetics research results to families: problems arising when the patient participant is deceased (In special issue: Genetic Testing and Psychosocial Research). Psycho-Oncology, 17, (8), 804-811. (doi:10.1002/pon.1356). (PMID:18688787).
Hopkinson, Jane, Wright, David, Foster, Claire and Dewey, Anne (2008) Letter to the editor. Re: Assessment and monitoring of nutritional status in patients with advanced cancer. IJPN 13(6): 258–65. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 14, (2), 100-101.
Foster, C. and Amir, Z. (2008) Macmillan’s research units. Macmillan Voice, 46, p.22.
Hopkinson, Jane B., Foster, Claire, Roff, Liz and Wright, David N.M. (2008) Carer impact on self-management by people with advanced cancer living with changing eating habits. [in special issue: Abstracts of the 5th Research Forum of the European Association for Palliative Care ] Palliative Medicine, 22, supplement 1, 417-418. (doi:10.1177/0269216308091582).
Wright, David N.W., Corner, J.L., Hopkinson, J.B. and Foster, C.L. (2007) The case for user involvement in research: the research priorities of cancer patients. Breast Cancer Research, 9, (Supplement 2), S3. (doi: 10.1186/bcr1801).
Foster, Claire, Brown, Janice, Killen, Maureen and Brearley, Sarah (2007) The NCRI cancer experiences collaborative: Defining self management. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 11, (4), 295-297. (doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2007.08.002).
Ormondroyd, E., Moynihan, C., Watson, M., Foster, C., Davolls, S., Hall, A., Ardern-Jones, A. and Eeles, R. (2007) Disclosure of genetics research results after the death of the patient participant: a qualitative study of the impact on relatives. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 16, (4), 527-538. (doi:10.1007/s10897-007-9088-1). (PMID:17492498).
Foster, C., Watson, M., Eeles, R., Eccles, D., Ashley, S., Davidson, R., Mackay, J., Morrison, P.J., Hopwood, P. and Evans, D.G.R. Psychosocial Study Collaborators (2007) Predictive genetic testing for BRCA1/2 in a UK clinical cohort: three-year follow-up. British Journal of Cancer, 96, (5), 718-724. (doi:10.1038/sj.bjc.6603610).
Foster, C, Watson, M, Eeles, R, Eccles, D, Ashley, S, Hopwood, P, Evans, D and Psychosocial Study Collaborators (2007) Predictive genetic testing for BRCA1/2 in a UK clinical cohort: three year follow-up. British Journal of Cancer, 96, (5), 718-724. (doi:10.1038/sj.bjc.6603610).
Corner, J., Wright, D., Hopkinson, J., Gunaratnam, Y., McDonald, J.W. and Foster, C. (2007) The research priorities of patients attending UK cancer treatment centres: findings from a modified nominal group study. British Journal of Cancer, 96, (6), 875-881. (doi:10.1038/sj.bjc.6603662).
Wright, D.N.M. and Foster, C. (2007) Involving people affected by cancer in research. Macmillan Voice, Summer issue
Wright, D., Hopkinson, J., Corner, J. and Foster, C. (2006) How to involve cancer patients at the end of life as co-researchers. Palliative Medicine, 20, (8), 821-827. (doi:10.1177/0269216306073110).
Hallowell, Nina, Ardern-Jones, Audrey, Eeles, Ros, Foster, Claire L., Lucassen, Anneke, Moynihan, Clare and Watson, Maggie (2006) Guilt, blame and responsibility: men's understanding of their role in the transmission of BRCA1/2 mutations within their family. Sociology of Health and Illness, 28, (7), 969-988. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9566.2006.00515.x). (PMID:17163862).
Foster, C., Hopkinson, J., Wright, D., Okamoto, I. and Roffe, L. (2006) Helping people to live with cancer through treatment and beyond. Psycho-Oncology, 14, (Supplement 2), 240. (doi:10.1002/pon.1092).
Foster, C., Watson, M., Eeles, R., Eccles, D., Ashley, S., Davidson, R., Mackay, J., Morrison, P., Hopwood, P. and Evans, G. (2006) Impact of predictive genetic testing for BRCA1/2 in a clinical cohort: three years on. British Psychological Society Proceedings, 14, (1), 23.
Wright, David N.M., Corner, Jessica L., Hopkinson, Jane B. and Foster, Claire (2006) Listening to the views of people affected by cancer about cancer research: an example of participatory research in setting the cancer research agenda. Health Expectations, 9, (1), 3-12. (doi:10.1111/j.1369-7625.2006.00353.x).
Hallowell, N., Ardern-Jones, A., Eeles, R., Foster, C., Lucassen, A., Moynihan, C. and Watson, M. (2005) Men's decision-making about predictive BRCA1/2 testing: the role of family. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 14, (3), 207-217. (doi:10.1007/s10897-005-0384-3).
Hallowell, N., Ardern-Jones, A., Eeles, R., Foster, C.L., Lucassen, A., Moynihan, C. and Watson, M. (2005) Communication about genetic testing in families of male BRCA1/2 carriers and non-carriers: patterns, priorities and problems. Clinical Genetics, 67, (6), 492-502. (doi:10.1111/j.1399-0004.2005.00443.x).
Foster, C., Watson, M., Moynihan, C., Arden-Jones, A. and Eeles, R (2004) Juggling roles and expectations: dilemmas faced by women talking to relatives about cancer and genetic testing. Psychology & Health, 19, (4), 439-455. (doi:10.1080/08870440410001684168).
Hallowell, N., Foster, C., Eeles, R., Arden-Jones, A. and Watson, M. (2004) Accommodating risk: responses to BRCA1/2 genetic testing of women who have had cancer. Social Science & Medicine, 59, (3), 553-565. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2003.11.025).
Watson, M., Foster, C., Eeles, R., Eccles, D., Ashley, S., Davidson, R., Mackay, J., Morrison, P.J., Hopwood, P. and Evans, D.G.R. (2004) Psychosocial impact of breast/ovarian (BRCA1/2) cancer-predictive genetic testing in a UK multi-centre clinical cohort. British Journal of Cancer, 91, (10), 1787-1794. (doi:10.1038/sj.bjc.6602207).
Foster, C., Watson, M., Moynihan, C., Arden-Jones, A. and Eeles, R. (2002) Genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer predisposition: Cancer burden and responsibility. Journal of Health Psychology, 7, (4), 469-484. (doi:10.1177/1359105302007004627).
Foster, C. L., Bryon, M. and Eiser, C. (1998) Correlates of well-being in mothers of children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis. Child: Care, Health and Development, 24, (1), 41-56. (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2214.1998.00057.x). (PMID:9468779).

Book Section

Foster, Claire (2008) Self-management and self-help. In, Corner, Jessica and Bailey, Christopher (eds.) Cancer Nursing: Care in Context. 2nd Edition. London, UK, Blackwell, 651-658.
Foster, Claire (2008) Symptoms, self management and self help. In, Corner, J. and Bailey, C. (eds.) Cancer Nursing: Care in context. , Wiley-Blackwell.

Conference or Workshop Item

Hopkinson, Jane B., Fenlon, Debbie, Foster, Claire, Nicholls, Peter, Wright, David N.M., Okamoto, Ikumi, Scott, Issy and Addington-Hall, Julia (2009) A feasibility study: a mixed methods exploratory phase II cluster randomised trail to investigate the effectiveness of the 'Macmillan Approach to Weight loss and Eating difficulties'(MAWE). At NCRI Cancer Conference, Birmingham, GB, 04 - 07 Oct 2009.
Hopkinson, J.B., Wright, D., Foster, C. and Okamoto, I. (2008) Tertiary cachexia: psycho-social factors that contribute to the problems caused by cancer cachexia syndrome. In, 7th Palliative Care Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, 29 Apr - 01 May 2008.
Hopkinson, J.B., Wright, D.N.M. and Foster, C. (2008) Tips on eating for patients with advanced cancer: findings from an exploratory study. At Southampton University Hospital Trust Research & Development Conference, Southampton, UK, Apr 2007.
Hopkinson, J.B., Foster, C. and Roffe, E. (2008) Carer impact on self-management by people with advanced cancer living with changing eating habits. In, 5th Research Forum of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), Trondheim, Norway, 29 - 31 May 2008.
Hopkinson, J.B., Foster, C., Wright, D.N.M. and Roffe, E. (2008) Carer impact on self-management by people with advanced cancer. In, Palliative Care Research Society Scientific Meeting AGM 2007, Oxford, UK, 13 Sep 2007.
Foster, C., Fenlon, D., Moffat, J., Stephens, R., Payne, S., Coleman, P., Simmonds, P., Seymour, J., Walsh, B. and Addington-Hall, J. (2008) Exploring the breast cancer experiences, needs and preferences of women aged 70 years and over: a study in progress. In, INVOLVE National Conference: Public Involvement in Research: Getting it Right and Making a Difference, Nottingham, UK, 11 - 12 Nov 2008.
Foster, C., Wright, D., Hill, H. and Hopkinson, J. (2007) Psychosocial implications of long term survival following a cancer diagnosis. At National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Conference, Birmingham, UK, 04 - 07 Oct 2007.
Hopkinson, Jane, Foster, Claire, Wright, David and Roffe, Liz (2007) Carer impact on self-management by people with advanced cancer living with changing eating habits. In, National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Conference, Birmingham, UK, 30 Sep - 03 Oct 2007.
Wright, David N.M., Corner, Jessica L., Foster, Claire L., Gunaratnam, Y., Hopkinson, Jane B. and Okamoto, I. (2007) Patient research priorities differ from those of clinical scientists. At Controversies in Breast Cancer 2007, Edinburgh, UK, 03 - 04 Sep 2007.
Foster, C., Watson, M., Eeles, R., Eccles, D., Ashley, A., Davidson, R., Mackay, J., Morrison, P., Hopwood, P. and Evans, G.G.R. (2005) Impact of predictive genetic testing for BRCA 1/2 in a clinical cohort: three years on. In, The British Psychological Society, Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference: Health Psychology Across the Lifespan, Coventry University, UK, 07 - 09 Sep 2005.

Monograph

Foster, C., Scott, I., Brindle, L., Cotterell, P., Sayers, M., Robinson, J., Payne, S., Hopkinson, J.B. and Addington-Hall, J. (2010) Supporting relatives: An investigation into obstacles and aids to information exchange within families affected by cancer. London, GB, Macmillan Cancer (Submitted)
Foster, Claire, Roffe, Liz, Scott, I and Cotterell, Phil (2010) Self management of problems experienced following primary cancer treatment: An exploratory study. London, GB, Macmillan Cancer Support (Submitted)
Okamoto, Ikumi, Cotterell, Phil, Wright, David, Gunaratnam, Yasmin and Foster, Claire (2010) Minority ethnic patients’ involvement in cancer research: An exploration of experiences, attitudes and barriers. London, GB, Macmillan Cancer Support (Submitted)
Richardson, Alison, Addington-Hall, Julia, Stark, Daniel, Foster, Claire, Amir, Ziv and Sharpe, Michael (2009) Determining research priorities for cancer survivorship: consultation and evidence review. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, GB, National Cancer Survivorship Initiative
Fenlon, D. and Foster, Claire Macmillan Research Unit, University of Southampton (2009) Self management support: a review of the evidence. Working document to support the National Cancer Survivorship self-management work stream. (Submitted)
Foster, Claire, Hopkinson, Jane, Hill, Heidi and Wright, David (2005) Supporting self management of people affected by cancer: a review of the evidence. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, Macmillan Research Unit, 95pp.
Foster, Claire, Wright, David, Hill, Heidi and Hopkinson, Jane (2005) Psychosocial implications of living long-term with cancer: a systematic review of the research evidence. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, Macmillan Research Unit, 92pp.
 

Research

Research Interests

Survivorship and self management research following cancer treatment – understanding self management of cancer related problems and developing interventions to support self management

Research to understand how to support relatives of cancer patients

Research to understand psychosocial implications of genetic testing for cancer predisposition and develop supportive interventions

Quantitative and qualitative research methods

Service user involvement in research

Macmillan related research projects

Development and pilot study of an online interactive surgical decision aid for young women newly diagnosed with early stage breast cancer

Primary research group:  Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care

Research projects

Supporting relatives: an investigation into obstacles and aids to information exchange within families affected by cancer

The provision of information for patients and others affected by cancer has been highlighted in the Cancer Reform Strategy as an area for improvement in national cancer services (Department of Health, 2007).

Macmillan Survivorship Research Group - 5 year research programme

Understanding the unknown: a case study approach to explore patients, carers and health care professionals; experiences of cancer of unknown primary site

This study aims to explore patients’ families and health care professionals’ experiences of cancer of unknown primary site, in order to inform the development of evidence-based and patient-centred clinical care.

Systematic review of the literature for non-pharmacological interventions for arthralgia in non cancer conditions

This review is to explore the effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions used in people with arthritis following breast cancer.

Cancer experiences: Supportive and palliative care needs, problems and solutions (the CECo collaborative)

Research that aims to make substantial progress in the quality of research in supportive and palliative care

Comprehensive review of evidence base for national cancer survivorship initiative

This project aimed to review the research evidence and undertake a national consultation in order to learn about the problems faced by cancer survivors and the effectiveness of interventions.

How can discussions with relatives be facilitated following predictive genetic testing for BRCA1/2?

This research aims to facilitate discussions about genetic risk associated with BRCA1/2 with relatives to enable relatives to make informed decisions about their own risk management.

Incidental findings (IFs) from genetic tests: exploring the ethical issues and implications for practice

This research fellowship aims to gain an empirical and ethical insight into the experiences and attitudes of healthcare users and professionals towards incidental findings from genetic testing, using both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Older women's experience of breast cancer and other health conditions

This study looks at older women's experience of breast cancer and other health conditions

Self management of problems experienced following primary cancer treatment: An exploratory study

This study aimed to gather accounts of patients' strategies used to self manage problems arising between 6 and 12 months following completion of primary cancer treatment.

Minority ethnic patients’ participation in cancer research: An exploration of experiences, attitudes and barriers

The research report identifies the barriers and facilitators to the recruitment of minority ethnic patients in cancer research.

Teaching Responsibilities

Psychosocial impact of cancer on patients and their families
Psychosocial implications of genetic testing for breast/ovarian cancer predisposition
Research methods
Working collaboratively with service users in research

Contact

Dr Claire Foster
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/E4017