Bereavement can be a distressing experience and the importance of bereavement support has been recognised in policy and practice for many years. There is widespread recognition of the potentially negative impact of bereavement on people. The provision of bereavement support is extremely varied in United Kingdom and there is no conclusive evidence for its effectiveness. The evidence for how best to support people experiencing bereavement is limited and contested. Assessment is important to identify those who are more vulnerable in their grief and require therapeutic support to make efficient use of limited resources.
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Dr Nikolaos Efstathiou
Lecturer in Nursing, University of Birmingham & Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa
Nikolaos Efstathiou is a lecturer in nursing and leads the Clinical Health Research MRes Programme at the University of Birmingham. He is also an adjunct professor at the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa. Nikolaos is an experienced lecturer and researcher. He has published research papers in the fields of end-of-life care and nursing education. He has expertise in systematic reviews, qualitative research and Delphi technique. Nikolaos has a clinical background in critical care and maintains his clinical activity by working closely with NHS partners to undertake research and apply findings in nursing practice.