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Kate Seers





WMS - Warwick Research in Nursing
University of Warwick
Tel: +44(0)24 7615 0614

Research Interests

My research interests include pain and its management, evidence based health care and knowledge translation, and complex interventions. My research in these areas has used quantitative and qualitative systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, qualitative methodologies and I often use mixed methods. Applications from potential PhD students wishing to work in these areas are welcome.

Current research studies include: 1) NIHR HS&DR Research Programme. A meta-ethnography of healthcare professionals' experience of treating adults with chronic musculoskeletal pain to improve the experience and quality of healthcare. £140,992.80. From 1/11/15 for 18 months. Co-investigator 2) Arthritis Research UK . Development of Individual Supported Employment Work-placements to Improve the Health-related Quality of Life of people with chronic pain who are unemployed. Start date January 2017.£299,220 for 24 months. Co-I 3) NIHR Health Technology Assessment. Opioid reduction in chronic pain. I-WOTCH. Started September 2016. £1,578,213 39 months. 4) NIHR HS&DR. Optimising acute care for people with dementia, A mixed methods study. PI: Crawford, Imperial College. CoI Seers & Staniszewska £293,805 July 2016-June 2018


Professor Seers is Professor of Health Research and lead for Warwick Research in Nursing. Prior to this she was Head of Research at the Royal College of Nursing Institute from 1996-2007. In 2014 Professor Seers was listed as a "highly cited" researcher on Thomson Reuter's list (writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers - top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication). She Chaired the Scientific Programme Committee of the British Pain Society 2015-2017, and is a Member of the National Institute of Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Board. At the University of Warwick she is Head of Academic Career Development in the Medical School and Academic Lead for the University's shadowing programme, which she initiated. She also co-leads research in the Division of Health Sciences

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Meta-analysis and scale development Date of Completion:1995
  • Action Research and RCT, coping skills in pain management Date of Completion:2000
  • Historical research, cardiac rehabilitation Date of Completion:2000
  • Grounded Theory, assessing pain in children with severe neurological impairment Date of Completion:2001
  • Ethnography, Exploration of comfort in older people Date of Completion:2001
  • Ethnography, children's experiences of renal illness Date of Completion:2006
  • Phenomenology, wandering in people with dementia Date of Completion:2007
  • Systematic review using quantitative & qualitative synthesis on falls in older people, (meta ethnography, cross study synthesis). Date of Completion:2009
  • Grounded theory, disclosure in long term conditions Date of Completion:2009
  • Disclosure of long term illness. Charmaz Grounded Theory. Date of Completion:2009
  • Cross study synthesis of an effectivenss review and a meta-ethnography of older people's views of falls prevention, Meta-ethnography. (University of Manchester) Date of Completion:2009
  • Appreciative Inquiry: an interactive organisational intervention to translate acute pain management evidence into paediatric nursing practice. (University of Toronto, Canada) Date of Completion:2010
  • A pain that ruins mountains: A case study of factors influencing postoperative pain management in two Jordanian hospitals Date of Completion:2011
  • I've never been surrounded by so many people and felt so alone: A Heideggerian phenomenological study investigating patients' experiences of technology in adult intensive care Date of Completion:2012
  • Exploring the Use of Protocols and Guidelines in the Management of Healthcare-Associated Infection:A Case Study Date of Completion:2012
  • Pain is what the patient says it is, but ... :an ethnography investigating what factors influence nurses when they make pain management decisions in a clinical setting Date of Completion:2013
  • How novice nurses interact with technology in intensive care. Phenomenology. Date of Completion:2014
  • Making the link. Multi-Professional Care for Acutely Ill Deteriorating Patients: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Approach Date of Completion:2015
  • Nurses and Disaster Relief (Ongoing)
  • Compassionate Care (Submitted)
  • Assessment of Older People Date of Completion:2018
  • Implementation of Guidelines in Cross Cultural Settings Date of Completion:2018
  • Innovation and Implementation Date of Completion:2018
  • Prevention of Fall Injury Trial (PreFIT). A follow-up study (Ongoing)

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