Dr Paul Brown
Telephone:+44 (0)29 206 87764
Location:Room 3.21, Tŷ Dewi Sant, Heath Park Campus, Cardiff University, Cardiff, CF14 4XN
My main research interests to date have focussed firstly upon service provision to cancer patients, in particular how and why complementary medicine is used, and secondly the professional roles, needs, and development of Therapeutic Radiographers. My PhD study merged the two areas by investigating the division of labour and professional autonomy and their part in the utilisation of complementary medicine within conventional cancer treatments. The main findings showed that around 75% of radiotherapy departments/oncology centres in England & Wales use some form of complementary medicine alongside conventional cancer treatments, mainly to relieve stress and improve the general well-being of the patient. The overall picture is one of vibrancy and long-term fulfilment with the service predominately delivered by lay complementary practitioners and nurses. Excluding Therapeutic Radiographers a struggle for power is not seen as central to many proponents.
Current interest includes the perceptions of teenage cancer survivors to risk and lifestyle.
Robertson, K. & Brown, P.N. 2011 Mild soaps and radiotherapy: A survey of the UK public to identify brands of soap considered mild and analysis of these to ascertain suitability for recommendation in radiotherapy departments, European Journal of Cancer Care, , 20, 315–321
Booth, L. & Brown, P.N. 2011 Research Governance and Ethics, in Ramlaul, A. (ed) Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy Research: Skills and Strategies, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. ISBN:978-0-7020-3104-5
Rogers, H., Pratt, S., Brown, P.N. & Gambling, T.S. 2010 Confidence in the use of information management and technology (IM&T) in radiography: Is age a barrier? Radiography, Vol.16, Issue 3, pp 230-237.