Guest lecture by dr. Jo Hockley, University of Edinburgh

Ghent University Hospital, De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Ghent, Auditorium 1 (1K3), entrance 42
donderdag, 24 november 2016
14u30 - 16u

‘Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice’ – the case for action research.

Action research is not for the faint hearted and is probably one of the most challenging of research methodologies for a young researcher as it not only uses qualitative and quantitative data analysis but also requires the researcher themselves to be involved in the change process.  I will be answering such questions as:

How can a researcher be a participant in the research and still remain objective?
What is the difference between action research and practice development?
Can change really come from doing an action research study?

This lecture will set out the position of action research within the context of the wider research paradigms and give both a historical overview as well as an ontological, epistemological and methodological perspective.  It will be illustrated by a 5-year action research study to develop high quality end of life care undertaken in two nursing care homes in Scotland, UK.

Jo Hockley is trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London in the early 1970s. She has worked in palliative care for over 35 years and has had a passion for disseminating palliative care knowledge within generalist settings through the setting up of two hospital-based palliative care teams. Her PhD looked at death and dying in two nursing care homes using action research. She has gone on to use the results of her PhD in many practice development and research initiatives within the long-term care setting. Jo has published widely both on action research and palliative care. She has recently been awarded an OBE for her work to palliative care nursing. She returned to Edinburgh in August 2014 and is currently working in the Department of Primary Palliative Care Research at the University of Edinburgh undertaking a feasibility study to establish a teaching/research-based care home in collaboration with health and social care. 


Department of Geriatric Medicine (Ghent University Hospital)

University Centre for Nursing and Midwifery (Ghent University) 

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