Professor Merryn Gott
MA (Oxon), PhD
Merryn Gott has been conducting research with older people for over 20 years and has a particular interest in developing models of palliative and end of life care to meet the needs of ageing populations. Her research programme has been supported by substantial grants from the HRC, UK Department of Health, Research Councils and Health Charities. She has published over 180 papers in peer reviewed journals, as well as a number of books, including International Perspectives on Palliative and End of Life Care for Older People, published by Oxford University Press. http://goo.gl/REg0P4.
She is a Visiting Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield and sit on the Health Research Council, Public Health Assessing Committee. She has recently completed a five year term as Associate Editor, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care and is an Editorial Board member for Progress in Palliative Care.
In 2014 Merryn was awarded the New Zealand Association of Scientists' Research Medal, an annual award which recognises 'outstanding fundamental or applied research in the physical, natural or social sciences'. She was also recognised as the 2016 NEXT Woman of the Year for Health and Science.
Merryn directs the Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group: https://tearairesearchgroup.org. The group conducts multi-disciplinary bi-cultural research using creative social research methods to inform practice, policy, and teaching in palliative and end of life care both nationally and internationally.
Research | Current
- Palliative care
- End-of-life care
- Participatory research
Current and recent funded projects
- Dewes O, Gott M. et al. Tapinga 'a Maama. National Science Challenge Ageing Well.
- Gott M, Old A, Robinson J, Frey R, Moeke-Maxwell T. A survey to pilot VOICEs-NZ to explore end of life experience amongst ADHB service users. Academic Health Alliance.
- Gott M. et al. Social connectedness amongst older people. National Science Challenge Ageing Well. In partnership with Age Concern New Zealand.
- Gott M. et al. Te Pakeketanga: living and dying in advanced old age. HRC.
- Boyd M, Frey R, Gott M et al. ELDER. National Science Challenge and Ted and Molly Carr Trust.
- Gott M. et al. Potentially inappropriate interventions and admissions at end of life. HRC in partnership with ADHB.
I supervise at PhD and Masters level and always welcome enquiries from prospective students.
NEXT Woman of the Year Health and Science - 2016
New Zealand Association of Scientists Research Medal - 2015
Director of Research, School of Nursing
Director, Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group
Areas of expertise
Palliative care, gerontology, mixed methods, qualitative research, participatory methods, equity
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Gardiner, C., Ingleton, C., Ryan, T., Ward, S., & Gott, M. (2017). What cost components are relevant for economic evaluations of palliative care, and what approaches are used to measure these costs? A systematic review. Palliative Medicine, 31 (4), 323-337. 10.1177/0269216316670287
- Dempers, C., & Gott, M. (2017). The status of a public health approach to palliative care at New Zealand hospices. Progress in Palliative Care, 25 (2), 75-81. 10.1080/09699260.2016.1261530
- Williams, L. A., Giddings, L. S., Bellamy, G., & Gott, M. (2017). 'Because it's the wife who has to look after the man': A descriptive qualitative study of older women and the intersection of gender and the provision of family caregiving at the end of life. Palliative medicine, 31 (3), 223-230. 10.1177/0269216316653275
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lisa Williams
- Gott, M., Moeke-Maxwell, T., Morgan, T., Black, S., Williams, L., Boyd, M. L., ... Trussardi, G. (2017). Working bi-culturally within a palliative care research context: The development of the Te Ārai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group. Mortality, 22 (4), 291-307. 10.1080/13576275.2016.1216955
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michal Boyd, Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Stella Black, Lisa Williams, Rosemary Frey, Jacqualine Robinson, Julia Slark, Susan Waterworth
- Morgan, T., Williams, L. A., & Gott, M. (2017). A Feminist Quality Appraisal Tool: exposing gender bias and gender inequities in health research. Critical Public Health, 27 (2), 263-274. 10.1080/09581596.2016.1205182
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lisa Williams
- Frey, R., Boyd, M., Foster, S., Robinson, J., & Gott, M. (2016). Necessary but not yet sufficient: a survey of aged residential care staff perceptions of palliative care communication, education and delivery. BMJ supportive & palliative care, 6 (4), 465-473. 10.1136/bmjspcare-2015-000943
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michal Boyd, Jacqualine Robinson, Susan Foster, Rosemary Frey
- Fryer, S., Bellamy, G., Morgan, T., & Gott, M. (2016). “Sometimes I’ve gone home feeling that my voice hasn’t been heard”: a focus group study exploring the views and experiences of health care assistants when caring for dying residents. BMC Palliative Care, 15.10.1186/s12904-016-0150-3
- Clark, D., Schofield, L., Graham, F. M., Isles, C., Gott, M., & Jarlbaek, L. (2016). Likelihood of Death Within One Year Among a National Cohort of Hospital Inpatients in Scotland. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 52 (2), e2-e4. 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2016.05.007
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