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Dr. Fiona Aspinal - International Federation on Ageing. Heslington, , GB

Dr. Fiona Aspinal Dr. Fiona Aspinal

Research Fellow | York University


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).

Areas of Expertise (3)

Social Policy


Palliative Care Provision and Quality

Media Appearances (1)

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

Community Care  online


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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Featured Articles (5)

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

International Journal of Nursing Studies

2006 Identifying 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

2005 AIM: 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

2004 AIMS: 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

2003 The 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

2003 In 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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