BMA Award for ‘coma’ researcher
8 September 2015
A Cardiff professor whose innovative research has helped families of severely brain injured patients has won an award from the British Medical Association
The work of Professor Jenny Kitzinger, from the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, topped the ‘Information on Ethical Issues’ category in the 2015 BMA Patient Information Awards.
Professor Kitzinger and her sister, Professor Celia Kitzinger of the University of York, have developed an online resource drawing on 65 interviews with relatives of patients in vegetative or minimally conscious states. It was developed with the help of family members and clinicians who worked as part of the project’s advisory group.
Professor Jenny Kitzinger, co-director of the Cardiff-York Coma and Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre, said: "I am delighted with the recognition from the BMA, and hope the resource will support families, healthcare and legal professionals, as well as policy makers, to address complex ethical issues about the treatment of these patients under extremely difficult circumstances."
The reviewer for the BMA praised the team for creating: ‘a profoundly honest and singular resource which will offer wisdom, empathy, insight and support to others… of great value to both families and clinicians.' The reviewer added: "In over five years of reviewing for the awards this is the best resource I have seen.”
The resource was used by over 4000 people within months of launch and has already won awards for its impact on policy and society.