Dr Anne Grinyer is a medical sociologist and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University, UK. Her research over the last 12 years, supported by the George Easton Memorial Trust, has focused on the effect of life stage in adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer and she has spoken about this at a number of International events in Europe, America and Australia. The research covers four main phases. The first phase focused on the impact a cancer diagnosis at this age has on family dynamics particularly in terms of the life stage of the AYAs. The second phase was based on interviews with young adults with cancer in order to understand the life stage issues from their perspective with a particular focus on the setting of care. The third phase examined long term survivorship and the ongoing impact of life stage at diagnosis. The fourth phase addressed palliative and end of life care for the age group and the challenge of providing age appropriate care. Each phase of the research has resulted in a number of publications including books based on the qualitative data collected from participants. The books are:
Grinyer, A. (2002) Cancer in Young Adults: Through Parents’ Eyes, Buckingham, Open University Press.
Grinyer, A. (2007) Young People Living with Cancer: Implications for Policy and Practice, Buckingham, Open University Press.
Grinyer, A. (2009) Life after Cancer In Adolescence and Young Adulthood: Late Effects and Long Term Survivorship, Oxford, Routledge.
Grinyer, A. (2012) Palliative & End of Life Care for Children & Young People: home, hospice and hospital, Oxford, Wiley Blackwell.
Anne also has an interest in the ethics of health research and in research design and has published a number of papers on this topic.