Professor Nancy Preston
Professor of Supportive and Palliative Care, International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University
Professor Nancy Preston is the Co-Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University. She completed her degree in Nursing at King’s College, London. She completed her PhD at the Institute of Cancer Research, London. Her research focuses on palliative care and how best to integrate palliative care into general healthcare systems. She has a strong interest in how people make decisions about their future care including advance care planning and experiences around assisted dying.
Professor Preston has been involved in four European projects including two projects on advance care planning for people with advanced dementia and a second on the use of palliative sedation. Her research about assisted dying has been conducted in the US, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK. Her main focus is on the experience of healthcare professionals and the families who support people who chose to have an assisted death, rather than the ethics of the decision.