Morag has worked in health services research for over 30 years, predominantly in palliative and supportive care. An early graduate nurse by background (King’s College London), she holds a MSc in Medical Sociology and PhD (University of London) on the definition and measurement of quality of life in older people. Research interests include breathlessness in advanced disease, palliative care, informal carers, older people, and methodology – particularly the development and testing of interventions and mixed methods.
She is deputy theme lead for NIHR ARC East of England’s Palliative and End of Life Care theme. As a Professor of Palliative Care Research at UEA she leads a research programme on improving care and support for patients and carers living with advanced disease, including the SNAP programme and Learning about Breathlessness programme. SNAP (the Support Needs Approach for Patients) has developed an intervention to enable person-centred care for people with chronic or progressive conditions (https://thesnap.org.uk), and Learning about Breathlessness (LaB) has developed a web-based educational intervention for carers of patients with breathlessness (https://supporting-breathlessness.org.uk/). Morag has collaborated and published with colleagues internationally in the field of breathlessness in advanced disease and palliative care methodology.