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Visiting academic 'highly commended' in medical book competition

Cover of Life in a Hospice: reflections on caring for the dyingDr Ann Richardson|, a visiting fellow with the Personal Social Services Research Unit| (PSSRU) at LSE, has been awarded by the British Medical Association (BMA) for her latest book.

Entitled Life in a Hospice; reflections on caring for the dying| (Radcliffe Publishing, September 2007), the book was awarded 'highly commended' in the medicine category of the BMA Book Competition 2008|.

The annual competition was set up in 1996 and aims to encourage and to reward excellence in medical publishing.

Dr Ann RichardsonDr Richardson (pictured left) was delighted to receive such recognition for her book, saying:

'Although I embarked on this book with a curiosity about what it was like to work daily with the dying, it is suffused with a sense of the enormous thoughtfulness given to the care of dying people. I was absolutely thrilled to be awarded this commendation by the BMA, as it serves as a recognition of this care and of the value of the qualitative approach taken in my book.'

Professor Martin Knapp|, director of PSSRU said:

'PSSRU has been delighted to be associated with this work, which was undertaken by one of our long-term associates.'

Dr Richardson is a freelance qualitative researcher, writer and editor, who also does occasional research management. Her principal clients have been public agencies, but she also works directly with a number of academics and has been involved in several projects with PSSRU. She is currently a lay representative on the NICE Technology Appraisals Committee.

Dr Richardson has a long association with the School, having been a General Course student in the early 1960s, studying for a PhD in the mid 1970s and working as a junior researcher following this. In addition, her husband Dr Ray Richardson taught at the School from 1968 and was also a deputy director.

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24 September 2008

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