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Dr Elizabeth Lowson BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Elizabeth Lowson is Senior Research Fellow within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Elizabeth studied Sociology and Social Policy at the University of York, where she developed a keen interest in sociology of health and illness, having always been fascinated by relationships between patients, their family members, health professionals and health systems.

A mixed methods collaborative PhD involving Sociology and Chronobiology at the University of Surrey followed, considering how partnered female nurses with children manage night shifts within the context of family relationships and gendered expectations.

After two years in the Development & Evaluation team at Samaritans Central Office, Elizabeth began working at the University of Southampton in April 2010. She has conducted research concerning cancer services, end of life care and self-management, including the needs of family carers.

Research interests

Interfaces between services and informal caring at the end of life; place of care and place of death; self-management; palliative care services beyond cancer; qualitative research aimed at understanding experiences of health, illness and service use; mixed methods research; gendered management of caring and family lives.

PhD supervision

Corinne Hutt-Greenyer



Research group

Complex Healthcare Processes

Affiliate research group

Health Work and Systems

Research project(s)

Transitions between services at the end of life for older people: patient and provider perspectives - Dormant

This study is examining how and why older people frequently move between different care settings in their last few months of life.  It involves interviews with patients, bereaved relatives and care commissioners and providers, as well as analysis of linked hospital episode and mortality data. 

A phase I-II feasibility trial of Cancer Carer Medicines Management (CCMM): an educational intervention for carer management of pain medication in cancer patients at end of life.

Member of Faculty Ethics Committee

 Undergraduate and Masters dissertation supervision

Dr Elizabeth Lowson
University of Southampton Health Sciences Building 67 Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

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