Amara Nwosu

MBCHB MRCP PhD


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Robotic technology for palliative and supportive care: Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats

How could robots help us at the end of life? Check out this open access article I published with some great co-authors.

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0269216319857628

What is already known about the topic?

  • Medical robots have mainly been used to support surgical procedures and for a variety of assistive uses in dementia and elderly care.
  • There has been limited debate about the potential opportunities and risks of robotics in other areas of palliative, supportive and end-of-life care.

What this paper adds?

  • The potential opportunities of robotics in palliative, supportive and end-of-life care include a number of assistive, therapeutic, social and educational uses.
  • There is concern that robots will exacerbate healthcare inequalities, disrupt the workforce and reduce face-to-face human interaction.

Implications for practice, theory or policy

  • Future work should evaluate the health-related, economic, societal and ethical implications of using robotic technology in palliative, supportive and end-of-life care.
  • There is a need for collaborative research to establish use-cases and policy recommendations to guide the appropriate use of robots for people with serious illness.

CLICK below to access the artilce

Nwosu AC, Sturgeon B, McGlinchey T, Goodwin CDG, Behera A, Mason S, Stanley S, Payne TR. Robotic technology for palliative and supportive care: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Palliative Medicine 2019.

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Bioelectrical impedance vector analysis (BIVA) as a method to compare body composition differences according to cancer stage and type – ScienceDirect

I’m delighted to announce my latest publication. This article describes the potential to use Bioelectrical Impedance Vector Analysis (BIVA – a non-invasive body composition assessment tool) to evaluate body composition differences between cancer groups. This is the first paper in the academic literature to report how BIVA using a z-score methodology, can study body composition, according to cancer type, stage, gender and ethnicity.

The open access paper can be found completely free through the link below:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405457718304066


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Robots at home event – University of Liverpool 08/03/2019

I had a great time presenting my work on robotics in palliative care at the Robots @ Home event in the University of Liverpool. I discussed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of robotic technology in relation to palliative care supportive care. I’m happy to discuss the next steps of my work and collaboration potential. Feel free to contact me.


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Futurism in Palliative: An overview of the Palliative Care, Architecture and Design Symposium (PADS 2018) | EAPC Blog

My article on the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) blog describes the inaugural Palliative Care, Architecture and Design Symposium (PADS). On 12 November 2018, 50 delegates attended the inaugural Palliative Care, Architecture and Design Symposium (PADS) in the University of Liverpool (funded by engage@liverpool, University of Liverpool). We applied futuristic thinking to palliative care through a collaborative meeting of academics, clinicians, and the public, to discuss ideas related to design and future provision of palliative care. The full article can be found on the link below.

https://eapcnet.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/futurism-in-palliative-an-overview-of-the-palliative-care-architecture-and-design-symposium-pads-2018/


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Shortlist for the 2019 Clinical Research Rising Star of the year award of the North West Coast

I’m delighted to be shortlisted for the 2019 Clinical Research Rising Star of the year award for the North West Coast. Irrespective of the eventual outcome, I’m looking forward to the 7thof March events cremony at the Hilton hotel, Liverpool.

More information about the awards can be found below:

http://www.nwcawards.co.uk/2019-finalists


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Technology in Palliative Care (TIP) study

Technology in Palliative Care (TIP) Study: Priority Setting to Improve the Care of Patients with Advanced Cancer

 

We need your help to identify the research priorities for technology in palliative care.

My name is Dr Amara Nwosu and I am an Consultant in Palliative Medicine and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Palliative Care Institute Liverpool (PCIL), at the University of Liverpool in the UK.

My colleague Tamsin McGlinchey (Research Assistant, PCIL) and I are currently undertaking the Technology in Palliative Care (TIP) Study.

Aims and Objectives of the Study
Establish ‘priority areas’ to influence further research and development into how technology can improve the care and experience of patients with advanced cancer/palliative care. The project has the following objectives:

  • Objective 1: Scoping review: identify existing uses and examples of how technology can be used to support the delivery of healthcare, identifying opportunities for palliative care.
  • Objective 2 (research study): 2 stage Delphi process for consensus on what the ‘priority areas’ for technology intervention/studies in palliative care should be.
  • Objective 3: Develop an International Collaboration to facilitate and support future grant applications.

Why have we contacted you?
To invite you to take part in the Delphi study (Objective 2 above). We are hoping for a wide range of participants with a diversity of experience and expertise, and we would value your thoughts on the future role and priorities for technology in palliative care.

Please read the Participant Information Sheet which provides details of what to expect if you decide to take part.
If you wish to nominate a colleague who you think would be interested in this study, please forward this email to them.

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Round 1 Delphi Questionnaire