Dr Nancy Preston

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

I have two main areas of research. The first areas relates to symptom control in the last year of life. I have a particular interest in the management of malignant ascites (the build up of large volumes of fluid in the abdomen) and how best to support patients. I am also interested in patients’ views of symptom management. The second area of interest is about improving how research is conducted in with palliative care patients. This involves research around recruitment and gate keeping.

Frontline direct care workers experiences of providing domiciliary care towards the end of life: a systematic literature review and narrative synthesis
Hughes, S., Holt, V.L., Preston, N.J. 19/05/2017
Poster

Drug therapy for symptoms associated with anxiety in adult palliative care patients
Salt, S., Mulvaney, C., Preston, N. 18/05/2017
Review article

How effective are volunteers at supporting people in their last year of life?: a pragmatic randomised wait-list trial in palliative care (ELSA)
Walshe, C.E., Dodd, S.R., Hill, M., Ockenden, N., Payne, S.A., Preston, N.J., Perez Algorta, G.D. 9/12/2016 In: BMC Medicine. 14, 12 p.
Journal article

Cochrane corner: interventions for the management of malignant pleural effusions
Clive, A., Bhatnagar, R., Preston, N.J., Maskell, N., Jones, H.E. 10/2016 In: Thorax. 71, 10, p. 964-966. 3 p.
Journal article

What are the fears and support needs of those living alone in the last year of life and who responds?
Hughes, S., Preston, N.J., Varey, S.E., Payne, S.A., van der Eerden, M., Schwabe, S., Busa, C., van Beek, K., Van Ende, S., Csikos, A., Groot, M. 30/09/2016
Conference paper

Online learning in palliative care: does it improve practice?
Hughes, S., Preston, N.J., Payne, S.A. 09/2016 In: European Journal of Palliative Care. 23, 5, p. 236-239. 4 p.
Journal article

Benefits of interventions for respiratory secretion management in adult palliative care patients-a systematic review
Arcuri, J.F., Abarshi, E., Preston, N.J., Brine, J., Pires Di Lorenzo, V.A. 9/08/2016 In: BMC Palliative Care. 15, 11 p.
Journal article

Protocol for the End-of-Life Social Action Study (ELSA): a randomised wait-list controlled trial and embedded qualitative case study evaluation assessing the causal impact of social action befriending services on end of life experience
Walshe, C.E., Perez Algorta, G.D., Dodd, S.R., Hill, M., Ockenden, N., Payne, S.A., Preston, N.J. 13/07/2016 In: BMC Palliative Care. 15, 9 p.
Journal article

Integrated palliative care in Europe: a qualitative systematic literature review of empirically-tested models in cancer and chronic disease
Siouta, N., van Beek, K., van der Eerden, M., Preston, N.J., Hasselaar, J., Hughes, S., Garralda, E., Centeno, C., Csikos, A., Groot, M., Radbruch, L., Payne, S.A., Menten, J. 8/07/2016 In: BMC Palliative Care. 15, 56, 16 p.
Journal article

Challenges in living alone near the end of life: an international comparison from the InSup-C project
Hughes, S., Preston, N.J., Payne, S.A., van der Eerden, M., Ewert, B., Kiss, Z., Busa, C., van Beek, K., van Ende, S., Csikos, A., Groot, M. 10/06/2016
Conference paper

ELSA: a randomised wait-list controlled trial and embedded qualitative case study evaluation assessing the causal impact of social action services on end of life experience
Walshe, C.E., Dodd, S.R., Hill, M., Ockenden, N., Perez Algorta, G.D., Payne, S.A., Preston, N.J. 06/2016
Meeting abstract

Who accesses befriending services near the end of life?: baseline results from a wait-list controlled trial (ELSA) of a volunteer befriending service in the last year of life
Walshe, C.E., Payne, S.A., Preston, N.J., Perez Algorta, G.D., Dodd, S.R., Ockenden, N., Hill, M. 06/2016
Meeting abstract

Working with non-clinical staff to deliver research: lessons from running a wait-list controlled trial (ELSA) of a volunteer befriending service towards the end of life
Walshe, C.E., Dodd, S.R., Hill, M., Ockenden, N., Payne, S.A., Perez Algorta, G.D., Preston, N.J. 06/2016
Meeting abstract

Interventions for the management of malignant pleural effusions: a network meta-analysis
Clive, A.O., Jones, H.E., Bhatnagar, R., Preston, N.J., Maskell, N. 11/05/2016 In: The Cochrane Library. 5, 244 p.
Journal article

Advance care planning – a multi-centre cluster randomised clinical trial: the research protocol of the ACTION study
Rietjens , J., Dunleavy, L.J., Preston, N.J., Payne, S.A. 8/04/2016 In: BMC Cancer. 16, 8 p.
Journal article

'To wait or not to wait': lessons from running a wait-list controlled trial (ELSA) of a volunteer befriending service at the end of life within NHS, hospice and voluntary sectors
Walshe, C.E., Preston, N.J., Payne, S.A., Perez Algorta, G.D., Dodd, S.R., Hill, M., Ockenden, N. 9/03/2016
Poster

To what degree is palliative care integrated in guidelines and pathways for adult cancer patients in Europe: a systematic literature review
van Beek, K., Siouta, N., Preston, N.J., Hasselaar, J., Hughes, S., Payne, S.A., Radbruch, L., Centeno, C., Csikos, A., Garralda, E., van der Eerden, M., Hodiamont, F., Radvanyi, I., Menten, J. 3/03/2016 In: BMC Palliative Care. 15, 26, 17 p.
Journal article

What are the views of hospital-based generalist palliative care professionals on what facilitates or hinders collaboration with in-patient specialist palliative care teams?: a systematically constructed narrative synthesis
Firn, J., Preston, N.J., Walshe, C.E. 03/2016 In: Palliative Medicine. 30, 3, p. 240-256. 17 p.
Journal article

Strategies designed to help healthcare professionals to recruit participants to research studies (Review)
Preston, N.J., Walshe, C.E., Farquhar, M., Stevinson, C., Ewing, G., Calman, L., Burden, S., Brown Wilson, C., Hopkinson, J., Todd, C. 29/02/2016 In: The Cochrane Library. 31 p.
Journal article

Towards integration of palliative care in patients with chronic heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic literature review of European guidelines and pathways
Siouta, N., van Beek, K., Preston, N.J., Hasselaar, J., Hughes, S., Payne, S.A., Garralda, E., Centeno, C., van der Eerden, M., Groot, M., Hodiamont, F., Radbruch, L., Busa, C., Csikos, A., Menten, J. 13/02/2016 In: BMC Palliative Care. 15, 18, 12 p.
Journal article

A post-graduate's guide to doing a literature review in health and social care
Aveyard, H., Payne, S.A., Preston, N.J. 1/02/2016 Oxford : Oxford University Press. 200 p. ISBN: 9780335263684.
Book

Patient and public involvement in research and the Cancer Experiences Collaborative: benefits and challenges
Froggatt, K., Preston, N., Turner, M., Kerr, C. 12/2015 In: BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. 5, 5, p. 518-521. 4 p.
Journal article

Improving online learning in palliative care: a comprehensive review
Hughes, S., Preston, N., Payne, S. 8/05/2015
Poster

Patient-reported outcome measures for use in gynaecological oncology: a systematic review
Preston, N.J., Wilson, N., Wood, N.J., Brine, J., Ferreira Arcuri, J., Brearley, S.G. 04/2015
Literature review

Legalisation of assisted suicide: a safeguard to euthanasia?
Gamondi, C., Borasio, G.D., Limoni, C., Preston, N., Payne, S. 12/07/2014 In: The Lancet. 384, 9938, p. 127.
Journal article

Online learning: a scoping of the literature for a study in integrated palliative care
Hughes, S., Preston, N., Payne, S. 06/2014
Meeting abstract

Overcoming barriers to research in palliative care: results from a consensus exercise
Preston, N., Dunleavy, L., Rigby, J., Griggs, A., Salt, S., Parr, A., Payne, S. 06/2014
Meeting abstract

The complexity of nurses' attitudes and practice of sedation at the end of life: a systematic literature review
Abarshi, E.A., Papavasiliou, E., Preston, N., Brown, J., Payne, S., EURO IMPACT 05/2014 In: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 47, 5, p. 915-925. 11 p.
Journal article

Mixed methods research in the development and evaluation of complex interventions in palliative and end-of-life care: report on the MORECare consensus exercise
MORECare 10/12/2013 In: Journal of Palliative Medicine. 16, 12, p. 1550-1560. 11 p.
Journal article

MORECare research methods guidance development: recommendations for ethical issues in palliative and end-of-life care research
Gysels, M., Evans, C.J., Lewis, P., Speck, P., Benalia, H., Preston, N.J., Grande, G.E., Short, V., Owen-Jones, E., Todd, C.J., Higginson, I.J. 12/2013 In: Palliative Medicine. 27, 10, p. 908-917. 10 p.
Journal article

Recommendations for managing missing data, attrition and response shift in palliative and end-of-life care research: part of the MORECare research method guidance on statistical issues
Preston, N.J., Fayers, P., Walters, S.J., Pilling, M., Grande, G.E., Short, V., Owen-Jones, E., Evans, C.J., Benalia, H., Higginson, I.J., Todd, C.J., MORECare 12/2013 In: Palliative Medicine. 27, 10, p. 899-907. 9 p.
Journal article

The selection and use of outcome measures in palliative and end-of-life care research: the MORECare international consensus workshop
Evans, C.J., Benalia, H., Preston, N.J., Grande, G., Gysels, M., Short, V., Daveson, B.A., Bausewein, C., Todd, C., Higginson, I.J., MORECare 12/2013 In: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 46, 6, p. 925-937. 13 p.
Journal article

Research in palliative care: can hospices afford not to be involved?
Payne, S.A., Preston, N.J., Turner, J.M., Rolls, L. 10/2013 Help the Hospices. 42 p.
Commissioned report

What went wrong with the Liverpool Care Pathway and how can we avoid making the same mistakes again?
Hughes, S., Preston, N., Payne, S. 23/08/2013 In: International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 19, 8, p. 372-373. 2 p.
Journal article

Evaluating complex interventions in end of life care: the MORECare statement on good practice generated by a synthesis of transparent expert consultations and systematic reviews
Higginson, I.J., Evans, C.J., Grande, G., Preston, N., Morgan, M., McCrone, P., Lewis, P., Fayers, P., Harding, R., Hotopf, M., Murray, S.A., Benalia, H., Gysels, M., Farquhar, M., Todd, C., MORECare 23/04/2013 In: BMC Pulmonary Medicine. 11, 11 p.
Journal article

MORECare research methods guidance development: recommendations for statistical methods in palliative and end of life care research
Preston, N., Grande, G., Fayers, P., Pilling, M., Higginson, I.J., Short, V., Anscombe, E., Evans, C., Benalia, H. 06/2012
Meeting abstract

MORECare research methods guidance development: recommendations for health economic evaluations in palliative and end of life care research
Preston, N., Short, V., Hollingworth, W., McCrone, P., Grande, G., Evans, C., Anscombe, E., Benalia, H., Higginson, I.J., Todd, C. 06/2012
Meeting abstract

MORECare research methods guidance development: recommendations for presenting results to stakeholders from palliative and end of life care research
Preston, N., Short, V., Grande, G., Anscombe, E., Higginson, I.J., Evans, C., Benalia, H., Todd, C. 06/2012
Meeting abstract

Blood transfusions for anaemia in patients with advanced cancer
Preston, N.J., Hurlow, A., Brine, J., Bennett, M.I. 2012 In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. n/a, 2, 23 p.
Journal article

MoreCare research methods guidance development: recommendations for using mixed methods to develop and evaluate complex interventions in palliative and end of life care
Farquhar, M., Preston, N., Short, V., Evans, C., Walshe, C., Grande, G., Benalia, H., Anscombe, E., Higginson, I.J., Todd, C. 2012
Meeting abstract

Strategies to increase participant recruitment to research studies by healthcare professionals (Protocol)
Preston, N., Farquhar, M., Walshe, C., Stevinson, C., Ewing, G., Calman, L., Burden, S., Brown Wilson, C., Hopkinson, J., Todd, C. 2012 In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 9
Journal article

The need for new perspectives on evaluation of palliative care
Grande, G., Preston, N. 12/2011 In: Palliative Medicine. 25, 8, 2 p.
Editorial

Defining priorities in prognostication research: results of a consensus workshop
Stevinson, C., Preston, N., Todd, C., Canc Experiences Collaborative 07/2010 In: Palliative Medicine. 24, 5, p. 462-468. 7 p.
Journal article

Conducting research in palliative care patients: a burden or an opportunity?
Preston, N., Payne, S., Todd, C. 11/2009 In: International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 15, 11, p. 524-525. 2 p.
Journal article

Antibiotics / anti-inflammatories for reducing acute inflammatory episodes in lymphoedema of the limbs (Review)
Badger, C.M.A., Seers, K., Preston, N., Mortimer, P.S. 2009 In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Issue
Journal article

Antibiotics / anti-inflammatories for reducing acute inflammatory episodes in lymphoedema of the limbs (Withdrawn Paper. 2009, art. no. CD003143)
Badger, C.M.A., Preston, N.J., Seers, K., Mortimer, P.S. 2009 In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 1, p. -. 4 p.
Journal article

Benzo-pyrones for reducing and controlling lymphoedema of the limbs.
Badger, C.M.A., Preston, N., Seers, K., Mortimer, P.S. 2009 In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2009, 1
Journal article

Physical therapies for reducing and controlling lymphoedema of the limbs.
Preston, N., Seers, K., Mortimer, P.S. 02/2008 In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2008, 3
Journal article

Malignant Ascites.
Preston, N. 2008 In: Cancer nursing : care in context (2nd ed.). Oxford : Blackwell 724 p. ISBN: 9781405122535.
Chapter

Malignant Effusions
Preston, N., Dolan, S. 2006 In: Nursing patients with cancer : principles and practice. Edinburgh : Churchill Livingstone 861 p. ISBN: 0443072884 9780443072888.
Chapter

A review of the management of malignant ascites.
Preston, N. 2005 In: European Journal of Palliative Care. 12, 2, p. 57-60. 4 p.
Journal article

Methodological issues arising from a randomized controlled trial for malignant ascites in palliative care.
Preston, N., Tutton, E. 03/2004 In: Palliative Medicine. 18, 2, p. 167.
Journal article

A survey of practice in malignant ascites discussed in relation to findings from a systematic review of the literature (Oral presentation)
Preston, N., Seers, A. 2004
Speech

A survey of practice in malignant ascites discussed in relation to findings from a systematic review of the literature.
Preston, N., Seers, K. 2004 In: Palliative Medicine. 18, 2, p. 157.
Journal article

Antibiotics / anti-inflammatories for reducing acute inflammatory episodes in lymphoedema of the limbs.
Badger, C.M.A., Seers, K., Preston, N., Mortimer, P.S. 2004 In: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Issue
Journal article

Methodological issues arising from a randomized controlled trial for malignant ascites in palliative care (Oral presentation)
Preston, N. 2004
Speech

Methodological issues arising from a randomized controlled trial for malignant ascites in palliative care (Oral presentation)
Preston, N. 2004
Speech

The development of a nursing strategy for managing malignant ascites (Oral presentation / Plenary)
Preston, N. 2002
Speech

The role of the research nurse (Oral presentation / Plenary)
Preston, N. 2002
Speech

Abdominal paracentesis.
Summerville, K., Preston, N. 2001 In: The Royal Marsden Hospital Handbook of Clinical Procedures. Oxford : Blackwell Science
Chapter

Malignant ascites.
Preston, N. 2001 In: Cancer nursing : care in context. Oxford : Blackwell 576 p. ISBN: 0632039981 9780632039982.
Chapter

Practice notes: current practice in the management of malignant ascites.
Preston, N. 09/1997 In: Journal of Cancer Nursing. 1, 3, p. 144-146. 3 p.
Journal article

Paclitaxel (Taxol®) — a guide to administration (Nursing Implications of introducing a new chemotherapeutic agent)
Preston, N. 1996 In: European Journal of Cancer Care. 5, 3, p. 147-152. 6 p.
Journal article

New strategies for the management of malignant ascites.
Preston, N. 1995 In: European Journal of Cancer Care. 4, 4, p. 178-183. 6 p.
Journal article

Platinum-Taxol non-cross resistance in epithelial ovarian cancer.
Gore, M.E., Preston, N., A'Herm, R.P., Hill, C., Mitchell, P., Chang, J., Nicolson, M. 1995 In: British Journal of Cancer. 71, 6, p. 1308-1310. 3 p.
Journal article