Barbara Gomes

Barbara Gomes completed her first degree in Psychology and Health at the University of Porto, Portugal and an MSc in Palliative Care at King's College London. Having gained experience in research (in topics such as healthcare staff training, the integration of vocational guidance in the school curriculum and family influence on adolescent life expectations) she spent one year as a psychologist in a Portuguese palliative care unit. In January 2004, Barbara joined Cicely Saunders International to work on a project aimed at looking at the preferences of terminally ill patients' for place of death, trying to understand the gap between their wishes and reality. The topic of Barbara's PhD is to look at ways of improving the quality of palliative care at home and to discover more cost-effective models of home care so that more people can benefit.