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Morag Farquhar - University of East Anglia. Norwich, , GB

Morag Farquhar Morag Farquhar

Professor of Palliative Care Research | University of East Anglia


She works in the research field of supportive and palliative care for patients and informal carers living with life-limiting conditions.






Breathlessness in lung cancer: increasing awareness NHS NIHR CRN Eastern - main film




Morag Farquhar is Professor of Palliative Care Research in the School of Health Sciences at UEA. She works in the research field of supportive and palliative care for patients and informal carers living with long-term life-limiting conditions. She seeks to improve care and support of these patients and carers. She is leading on an innovative healthcare intervention (called SNAP – Support Needs for Patients) to help patients communicate their needs and concerns to healthcare professionals and address the particular issues that are raised. She is also leads the Learning about Breathlessness programme which has developed a web-based resource (called Supporting Someone with Breathlessness) as a source of help and advice specifically for informal carers (family/friends) of people with breathlessness.

Morag has been an NIHR Career Development Fellow. She has more than 30 years’ experience in health research and trained as a nurse. She is a Founder Member of the Breathlessness Research Interest Group and a Member of the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC), Palliative Care Research Society (PCRS) and Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Areas of Expertise (6)


Person-Centred Care

Support Needs

Health Research

Informal Carers

Palliative Care

Education (3)

Queen Mary, University of London: Ph.D., Definition & Measurement of Quality of Life in Older People 1992

Royal Holloway, University of London: M.Sc., Medical Sociology 1988

King's College London: B.Sc., Nursing Studies 1986

Media Appearances (5)

Elderly feel more in control of lives when they move to a care home earlier

Carehome.co.uk  online


Dr Morag Farquhar, from UEA’s School of Health Sciences, said: “A minority of older people choose to move to age-friendly housing before the onset of disability – but the majority prefer to grow old in their own homes and put off moving until a health crisis forces them to.

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New Tool Identifies Support Needs of COPD Patients, Helping to Make Care More Personal and Holistic

COPD News Today  online


“It is internationally recognized that delivering holistic, needs-led, person-centred care is a top priority. But patients often have difficulty reporting their support needs to healthcare professionals, which means they don’t always get the person-centered care they need,” Farquhar added.

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Striking the right balance: postgraduate study as a healthcare professional

Imperial College London  online


From the research perspective, I have four supervisors, who all bring expertise from their areas; Dr William Man and Professor Wisia Wedzicha from NHLI; Dr Matthew Maddocks at Kings College London; and Dr Morag Farquhar at University of East Anglia.

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Here are some factors linked to dying comfortably for the very old

Outlook India  online


"Improving access to supportive and palliative care in the community should be a priority, otherwise staying at home may not always be the most comfortable setting for end-of-life care, and inadequacies of care may lead to admission before death in hospital," adds co-author Dr Morag Farquhar, who is now based at the University of East Anglia.

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Two thirds of COPD patients use inhalers incorrectly

Nursing Times  online


The majority of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients are not using their inhalers correctly and are, therefore, not getting sufficient medication to their lungs, warn researchers.

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Articles (5)

Cost-effectiveness of ambulatory oxygen in improving quality of life in fibrotic lung disease: preliminary evidence from the AmbOx Trial

European Respiratory Journal

2019 Fibrotic interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) are chronic and often progressive conditions resulting in substantial impact on morbidity, health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and health system costs. Ambulatory oxygen (AO) used during routine daily activities could lead to improved exercise performance, reduced symptoms and improved mobility in daily life.

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The Support Needs Approach for Patients (SNAP) tool: a validation study

BMJ Open

2019 Patient-identified need is key to delivering holistic, supportive, person-centred care, but we lack tools enabling patients to express what they need to manage life with a long-term condition. The Support Needs Approach for Patients (SNAP) tool was developed to enable patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) identify and express their unmet support needs to healthcare professionals (HCPs), but its validity is unknown. This study aimed to establish face, content and criterion validity of the SNAP tool.

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When Frail Older People Relocate in Very Old Age, Who Makes the Decision?

Innovation In Aging

2019 Older people are likely to transition to a new home closer to family who can provide assistance or to long-term residential care as their health declines and their care needs increase. A minority choose to move to “age-friendly” housing before the onset of disability, but the majority prefer to “age in place” and defer moving until health crises compel a transition.

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Non-pharmacological interventions for breathlessness in people with cancer

Expert Review of Quality of Life in Cancer Care

2017 Breathlessness is a common and distressing symptom in people with advanced cancer of all etiologies, often co-existing with cough and fatigue. Its incidence and severity increase as death approaches. Growing evidence suggests that non-pharmacological interventions, delivered as a complex intervention, can increase quality of life of those living with cancer-related breathlessness, and those closest to them. It is clear that these evidence-based treatments are not yet consistently available to patients and families, leading to significant avoidable suffering.

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Dying comfortably in very old age with or without dementia in different care settings – a representative “older old” population study

BMC Geriatrics

2017 Comfort is frequently ranked important for a good death. Although rising numbers of people are dying in very old age, many with dementia, little is known about symptom control for “older old” people or whether care in different settings enables them to die comfortably.

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