Dr Kate Absolom

Kate Absalom

BSc (Hons) Psychology, PhD Psychology

Senior Research Fellow

Phone: 0113 2068520

Email: k.l.absolom@leeds.ac.uk

 

Kate joined the Patient Reported Outcomes Group in 2008. She initially worked as part of the COMPASS collaborative on a project assessing how health care professionals detect and manage emotional distress in cancer patients. She then worked on the Cancer Research UK programme grant and was involved with developing and assessing doctor training to guide the routine use of patient reported outcome measures in clinical practice.

Kate has supported the developmental work for eRAPID an NIHR funded project to develop and evaluate a web-system for patients to report symptoms and side effects during and after cancer treatment. Kate was appointed as the Senior Research Fellow on the eRAPID programme in July 2013. She has also recently been involved with managing the early stages of REPORT-UK, a project funded by Cancer Research UK to develop web based and telephone systems for routine symptom reporting during clinical trials.

Previously, Kate was a researcher with the Late Effects Group, Sheffield (LEGS) for four years and was involved with studies assessing quality of life and follow-up care issues in young adult cancer survivors.

Kate studied psychology at Lancaster University and completed a Cancer Research UK funded PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2006. This research explored patients’ views of follow-up care following treatment for childhood cancer.

Research Interests

Kate’s research interests include the quality of life of cancer patients, doctor patient communication and implementing the use of patient reported measures in oncology practice.

Teaching

Kate is a tutor on the Research, Evaluation and Special Studies module of the year 1 MBChB course.

Research Students

PhD Co-supervisor for Dr Elena Takeuchi and Lorraine Warrington.

Professional Activities

Between 2008 and 2014, Kate held the post of treasurer on the executive committee of the British Psychosocial Oncology Society.

 

Papers

Absolom K, Holch P, Woroncow B, Wright EP, Velikova G. (2015). Beyond lip service and box ticking: how effective patient engagement is integral to the development and delivery of patient-reported outcomes. Quality of Life Research, 24 (5):1077-1085.

Santana MJ, Haverman L, Absolom K, Takeuchi E, Feeny D, Grootenhuis M, Velikova G. (2015). Training clinicians in how to use patient-reported outcome measures in routine clinical practice. Quality of Life Research, 24 (7):1707-1718.

Warrington L, Absolom K, Velikova G. (2015). Integrated care pathways for cancer survivors – A role for patient-reported outcome measures and health informatics. Acta Oncologica, 54 (5):600-608.

Absolom, K., Holch, P., Pini, S., Hill, K., Liu, A., Sharpe, M., et al. (2011). The detection and management of emotional distress in cancer patients: the views of health-care professionals. Psycho-Oncology, 20(6): 601-608.

Holch, P., Absolom, K., Pini, S., Hill, K., Liu, A., Sharpe, M., Richardson, A., Hosker, C., & Velikova, G. (2011). Oncology professionals’ views on the use of antidepressants in cancer patients: a qualitative interview study. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 1(3): 301-305.

Harley C, Takeuchi E, Taylor S, Keding A, Absolom K, Brown J, Velikova G. A mixed methods approach to adapting health-related quality of life measures for use in routine oncology clinical practice. Quality of Life Research. 2012; 21 (3):389-403.

Taylor, N., Absolom, K., Snowden, J., & Eiser, C. (2011). Need for psychological follow-up among young adult survivors of childhood cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care, 21(1) 52-58.

Phillips, R., Absolom, K., Stark, D., & Glaser, A. (2010). A simple practical patient-reported clinic satisfaction measure for young adults. British Journal of Cancer, 103(10): 1485-1488.

Michel, G., Greenfield, D., Absolom, K., & Eiser, C. (2010). Satisfaction with follow-up consultations among younger adults treated for cancer: the role of quality of life and psychological variables. Psycho-Oncology, 20(8): 813-822.

Michel, G., Taylor, N., Absolom, K., & Eiser, C. (2010). Benefit finding in survivors of childhood cancer and their parents: further empirical support for the Benefit Finding Scale for Children. Child Care Health & Development, 36(1): 123-129.

Taylor, N., Absolom, K., Michel, G., Urquhart, T., Gerrard, M., Jenkins, A., Lee, V., Vora, A., & Eiser, C. (2010). Comparison of self-reported late effects with medical records among survivors of childhood cancer. European Journal of Cancer, 46(6): 1069-1078.

Arden-Close, E., Absolom, K., Greenfield, D. M., Hancock, B. W., Coleman, R. E., & Eiser, C. (2011). Gender differences in self-reported late effects, quality of life and satisfaction with clinic in survivors of lymphoma. Psycho-Oncology, 20(11): 1202-1210.

Michel, G., Greenfield, D. M., Absolom, K., Ross, R. J., Davies, H., & Eiser, C. (2009). Follow-up care after childhood cancer: survivors’ expectations and preferences for care. European Journal of Cancer, 45(9): 1616-1623.

Absolom, K., Eiser, C., Michel, G., Walters, S. J., Hancock, B. W., Coleman, R. E., Snowden, J., & Greenfield, G. (2009). Follow-up care for cancer survivors: views of the younger adult. British Journal of Cancer, 101(4): 561-567.

Greenfield, D. M., Absolom, K., Eiser, C., Walters, S. J., Michel, G., Hancock, B. W., Snowden, J., & Coleman, R.E. (2009). Follow-up care for cancer survivors: the views of clinicians. British Journal of Cancer, 101(4): 568-574.

Absolom, K., Eiser, C., Turner, L., Ledger, W., Ross, R., Davies, H., Coleman, R., Hancock, B., Snowden, J., & Greenfield, D. (2008). Ovarian failure following cancer treatment: current management and quality of life. Human Reproduction, 23(11): 2506-2512.

Absolom, K., Greenfield, D., Ross, R., Davies, H., Hancock, B., & Eiser, C. (2007). Reassurance following breast screening recall for female survivors of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Breast, 16(6): 590-596.

Eiser, C., Absolom, K., Greenfield, D., Snowden, J., Coleman, R., Hancock, B., & Davies, H. (2007). Follow-up care for young adult survivors of cancer: lessons from pediatrics. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 1(1): 75-86.

Absolom, K., Greenfield, D., Ross, R., Horne, B., Davies, H., Glaser, A., Simpson, A., Waite, H., & Eiser, C. (2006). Predictors of clinic satisfaction among adult survivors of childhood cancer. European Journal of Cancer, 42(10): 1421-1427.

Eiser, C., Absolom, K., Greenfield, D., Glaser, A., Horne, B., Waite, H., Urquhart, T., Wallace, W.H., Ross, R., & Davies, H. (2006). Follow-up after childhood cancer: evaluation of a three-level model. European Journal of Cancer, 42(18): 3186-3190.

Absolom, K., Eiser, C., Greco, V., & Davies, H. (2004). Health promotion for survivors of childhood cancer: a minimal intervention. Patient Education Counseling, 55(3): 379-384.

Greenfield, D., Absolom, K., Davies, H., Ross, R., & Eiser, C. (2003). Childhood cancer survivors: transition from pediatric to adult care. Current Medical Literature GH and Growth Factors, 18, 83-91.

 

Teaching

Kate is a tutor on the Research, Evaluation and Special Studies module of the year 1 MBChB course.

 

Research Students

PhD Co-supervisor for Dr Elena Takeuchi and Lorraine Warrington.

 

Professional Activities

Between 2008 and 2014, Kate held the post of treasurer on the executive committee of the British Psychosocial Oncology Society.