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Gomes, Bárbara
Gomes, Bárbara
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Dr. Barbara Gomes did her first degree in Psychology and Health at the University of Porto (2001), including a one-year internship in the Palliative Care Unit of the Portuguese Cancer Institute - Porto. She got an MSc in Palliative Care from King's College London with distinction (2006) and a PhD in Palliative Care from the same University (2012). Her other training covers Epidemiology, Statistics and Health Economics. She is researcher at the Coimbra Institute for Clinical and Biomedical Research (University of Coimbra, Portugal) and at the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation (King's College London, United Kingdom).

In 15 years of research work, Barbara has published over 60 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, some of which are already among the most cited in the field. In 2006 she was awarded the Cicely Saunders Academic Excellence Prize for her MSc studies and in 2013 the joint second prize of the Early Researcher Award by the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) for her PhD studies. The latter prize is awarded to honour young scientists in the field of palliative care who have made an outstanding contribution to research. She has led several studies on end of life care, including a mortality followback survey with bereaved relatives of cancer patients in London, UK (QUALYCARE study) and a pan-European population survey on preferences and priorities for end of life care (PRISMA survey). She is first author of a Cochrane review on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of home palliative care services for adults and Principal Investigator of a project to train early researchers and develop an optimised model of home palliative care in Portugal (DINAMO project). She is associate editor of BMC Palliative Care, reviewer for several funding bodies and journals including JAMA, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Palliative Medicine and the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. She is founding member of the Portuguese Palliative Care Observatory since 2015 and scientific advisor of the La Caixa Foundation Programme for enhancing comprehensive care for patients with advanced diseases in Portugal since 2017.

Barbara's research interests focus on dying places, in particular the preferences, factors and the outcomes associated with dying at home for patients and their families. Her research has informed health policy and triggered strategic planning, service developments as well as dialogue with the public and the media about palliative care in Europe and beyond. Her work has been referred in several national policy documents in the UK and Portugal and debated at the House of Lords (UK) and at the Portuguese and Scottish Parliaments. Several independent organisations have used her work to highlight issues surrounding place of care and place of death (World Health Organization, Nuffield Trust, King’s Fund, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and National Palliative Care Associations). Her studies have also reached the public arena via press coverage (by the BBC, NPR, ABC News, Guardian and Huffington Post among others). The research methods she has developed during her MSc and PhD studies have been adopted by others in Europe and beyond (colleagues undertook projections on place of death in Belgium, Germany and Scotland and conducted QUALYCARE studies in Northern Ireland, Dublin and New York).
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12018Bridging Health and Social Care with the Citizens – The Case of EIT Health Project “Healiqs4cities” and “Praça Vida+”, in PortugalSá-Moura, Bebiana ; Couceiro, Patrícia ; Catarino, Luis ; Guardado, Diana; Brito, Maja de; Silva, Bárbara ; Tavares, Rui ; Ramalho-Santos, João ; Teixeira, Ana M. ; Rama, Luís ; Reis, Flávio ; Mota-Pinto, Anabela ; Veríssimo, Manuel ; Gonçalves, Carlos ; Cunha, António ; Malva, João O. articleopenAccess
22015Cuidados paliativos domiciliários: a sua importância no concelho da LousãFerreira, Joana Margarida dos Santos masterThesisembargoedAccess
318-Sep-2018Cuidar do doente paliativo e família na comunidade: estudo qualitativo das experiências de profissionais de cuidados de saúde primários e da equipa comunitária de suporte em cuidados paliativosFerreira, Janete Fernanda dos Santos masterThesisopenAccess
42022Non-pharmacological interventions in primary care to improve the quality of life of older patients with palliative care needs: a systematic review protocolCardoso, Carlos Seiça ; Monteiro-Soares, Matilde; Rita Matos, Joana; Prazeres, Filipe; Martins, Carlos; Gomes, Bárbara articleopenAccess