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Kate Seers





WMS - Social Science and Systems in Health
University of Warwick
Tel: +44(0)24 7615 0614
WebLink: Warwick Research in Nursing

Research Interests

Professor Kate Seers BSc (Hons) RN PhD DSc SFHEA is Professor of Health Research and Director of Warwick Research in Nursing, Warwick Medical School. My research interests include pain and its management, evidence based health care, knowledge translation, complex interventions and research relevant to nursing. 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. I have had the pleasure of supervising 21 PhD students to completion.

Current research studies include: 1) NIHR Health Technology Assessment. Opioid reduction in chronic pain. I-WOTCH. Started September 2016. £1,578,213 39 months. 2) NIHR HTA Supervised Pulmonary Hypertension Exercise Rehabilitation. (SPHERe). £1,328,000. 39 months from 1st June 2019. Work package lead and Co-I. 3) NIHR PDF 2015. Safety and feasibility evaluation of tourniquets for knee replacement surgery. From 01-01-2016-to 31-12-2020 4) NIHR PDR 2015 A feasibility study of the use of the mechanical CPR for in hospital cardiac arrest. From 01-01-2015 to 30-9-19.


Professor Seers BSc (Hons) RN PhD DSc SFHEA is Professor of Health Research and Director of 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 was a Member of the National Institute of Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Board 2010-2018. 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
  • 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)
  • Needing permission: the experience of self care and self compassion in nursing Date of Completion:2018
  • Exploring the assessment process on a ward for older people: a constructivist ground theory Date of Completion:2018
  • Moving knowledge into practice: evaluating the cross cultural applicability of the PARIHS framework Date of Completion:2017
  • Innovation in the UK fresh produce industry: sources, barriers and innovative capacity Date of Completion:2018
  • Life after falls prevention therapy involving exercise (LAFTER) (ongoing)
  • Psychological assessment in acute care (ongoing)
  • Female sex workers experience with access to health care in Malawi (ongoing)
  • Disclosure in long term conditions: a grounded theory Date of Completion:2009

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