Dr Clare Carolan

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  • The Experience of Distress in Families in Palliative Care
  • Scottish School of Primary Care (SSPC) Transformation Evaluation: Remote & Rural
  • Co-designing palliative and end of life care education in the BSc Nursing curriculum.


  • Scottish School of Primary Care (SSPC) Transformation Evaluation: Remote & Rural (Chief Investigator Dr Annetta Smith, Co-Investigator Dr Gill Hubbard, Dr Clare Carolan)
  • ‘Co-designing palliative and end of life care education in the BSc nursing curriculum.’ Learning and Teaching Academy, UHI. (Chief Investigator Dr Clare Carolan, Co-Investigator Mr Michael Macphee and Dr Gareth Davies)


A list of publications can be viewed on PURE

Carolan C,  Davies CL, Crookes P, McGhee S and Roxburgh M, (2020) COVID 19: Disruptive impacts and transformative opportunities in undergraduate nurse education, Nurse Education in Practice doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2020.102807

Keeley P, Buchanan D, Carolan C, Pivodic L,  Tavabie S and  Noble S (2020) Symptom burden and clinical profile of COVID-19 deaths: a rapid systematic review and evidence summary BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2020-002368

Davies, GR, Proops H and Carolan CM (2020) The development and use of a multiple-choice question (MCQ) assessment to foster deeper learning: an exploratory web-based qualitative investigation Journal of Teaching and Learning 14(1) doi: https://doi.org/10.22329/jtl.v14i1.6300

Carolan CM, Smith A, Davies GR & Forbat, L. (2017) Seeking, Accepting and Declining Help for Emotional Distress in Cancer: Findings from a Systematic Review and Thematic Synthesis of Qualitative Evidence. European Journal of Cancer Care [in press]

Carolan CM (2017) Researching Emotional Distress and Help-Seeking for Distress in Families in Palliative Care Using Multi-Perspective Interviewing. In SAGE Research Methods Cases, SAGE Publications Ltd. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526405425

Carolan CM, Forbat L & Smith A (2016) Developing the DESCARTE Model: The Design of Case Study Research in Healthcare. Qualitative Health Research, 26(5), 626-39 doi: 10.1177/1049732315602488.

Carolan CM & Campbell K (2016) General practitioners' 'lived experience' of assessing psychological distress in cancer patients: An exploratory qualitative study. European Journal of Cancer Care, 25(3), 391-401 doi: 10.1111/ecc.1235.

Carolan C, Smith A, & Forbat L (2016) Constructing knowledge in Family Research: The Impact of Methodological Choices. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 15 (1), doi: 10.1177/1609406916672113.

Carolan C, Forbat L & Smith A (2016) Developing multi-perspective methodology: using triadic family interviews to understand experience in families. Palliative Medicine, 30(4), doi: 10.1177/0269216316631462

Carolan CM, Smith A & Forbat L (2015) Conceptualising psychological distress in families in palliative care: findings from a systematic review. Palliative Medicine, 29(7), 605-632.

M Beattie & C Carolan (2014) ‘Systems Thinking’ in P Bowie & C de Wet (Eds.) Safety and Improvement in Primary Care Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.

Carolan C (2013) Philosophy and practice of advance care planning in Scotland. BMJ 347:f6793.

Carolan C (2012) Lessons from the other side – Scotland to Victoria. Social Networks (26), 03-07.

Carolan C (2012) Response to compassionate community networks: supporting home dying. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 2(2), 85-85.


  • MB ChB
  • MRCP
  • MSc (Advanced Practice in Palliative Care)
  • PhD

Professional bodies

  •  GMC


  • Lecturer BSc Nursing
  • Lecturer on Advanced Nurse Practitioner Programme


Teaching and Learning

  • Cancer Care, Palliative Care, Multimorbidity, Communication Skills and Advanced Clinical Examination Skills


  • Cancer Care, Palliative Care, Primary Care, Family Experience, Qualitative Research