Professor Merryn Gott
MA (Oxon), PhD
Merryn Gott has been conducting research with older people for over 20 years and has a particular interest in developing models of palliative and end of life care to meet the needs of ageing populations. Her research programme has been supported by substantial grants from the HRC, UK Department of Health, Research Councils and Health Charities. She has published over 180 papers in peer reviewed journals, as well as a number of books, including International Perspectives on Palliative and End of Life Care for Older People, published by Oxford University Press. http://goo.gl/REg0P4.
Merryn sits on the Health Research Council, Public Health Assessing Committee. She has recently completed a five year term as Associate Editor, BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care and is an Editorial Board member for Progress in Palliative Care.
In 2014 Merryn was awarded the New Zealand Association of Scientists' Research Medal, an annual award which recognises 'outstanding fundamental or applied research in the physical, natural or social sciences'. She was also recognised as the 2016 NEXT Woman of the Year for Health and Science.
Merryn directs the Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group: https://tearairesearchgroup.org. The group conducts multi-disciplinary bicultural research using creative social research methods to inform practice, policy, and teaching in palliative and end of life care both nationally and internationally.
Research | Current
- Palliative care
- End-of-life care
- Participatory research
Current and recent funded projects
- Dewes O, Gott M. et al. Tapinga 'a Maama. National Science Challenge Ageing Well.
- Gott M, Old A, Robinson J, Frey R, Moeke-Maxwell T. A survey to pilot VOICEs-NZ to explore end of life experience amongst ADHB service users. Academic Health Alliance.
- Gott M. et al. Social connectedness amongst older people. National Science Challenge Ageing Well. In partnership with Age Concern New Zealand.
- Gott M. et al. Te Pakeketanga: living and dying in advanced old age. HRC.
- Boyd M, Frey R, Gott M et al. ELDER. National Science Challenge and Ted and Molly Carr Trust.
- Gott M. et al. Potentially inappropriate interventions and admissions at end of life. HRC in partnership with ADHB.
I supervise at PhD and Masters level and always welcome enquiries from prospective students. I supervise students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including social sciences, nursing and medicine.
NEXT Woman of the Year Health and Science - 2016
New Zealand Association of Scientists Research Medal - 2015
Director of Research, School of Nursing
Director, Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group
Areas of expertise
Palliative care, gerontology, mixed methods, qualitative research, participatory methods, equity
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Robinson, J., Gott, M., Frey, R., & Ingleton, C. (2018). Circumstances of hospital admissions in palliative care: A cross-sectional survey of patients admitted to hospital with palliative care needs. Palliative medicine, 32 (5), 1030-1036. 10.1177/0269216318756221
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacqualine Robinson, Rosemary Frey
- Anderson, N. E., Gott, M., & Slark, J. (2018). Beyond prognostication: ambulance personnel's lived experiences of cardiac arrest decision-making. Emergency medicine journal : EMJ, 35 (4), 208-213. 10.1136/emermed-2017-206743
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Natalie Anderson, Julia Slark
- Gott, M., Wiles, J., Moeke-Maxwell, T., Black, S., Williams, L., Kerse, N., & Trussardi, G. (2018). What is the role of community at the end of life for people dying in advanced age? A qualitative study with bereaved family carers. Palliative Medicine, 32 (1), 268-275. 10.1177/0269216317735248
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Janine Wiles, Lisa Williams, Ngaire Kerse
- Gott, M., Frey, R., Wiles, J., Rolleston, A., Teh, R., Moeke-Maxwell, T., & Kerse, N. (2017). End of life care preferences among people of advanced age: LiLACS NZ. BMC Palliative Care, 1610.1186/s12904-017-0258-0
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janine Wiles, Ruth Teh, Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Ngaire Kerse, Rosemary Frey
- Gott, M., Broad, J., Zhang, X., Jarlbaek, L., & Clark, D. (2017). Likelihood of death among hospital inpatients in New Zealand: Prevalent cohort study. BMJ Open, 7 (12)10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016880
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Joanna Broad
- Williams, L., Gott, M., Moeke-Maxwell, T., Black, S., Kothari, S., Pearson, S., ... Hansen, W. W. (2017). Can digital stories go where palliative care research has never gone before? A descriptive qualitative study exploring the application of an emerging public health research method in an indigenous palliative care context. BMC Palliative Care, 1610.1186/s12904-017-0216-x
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shuchi Kothari, Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Sarina Pearson, Lisa Williams
- Gott, M., Moeke-Maxwell, T., Morgan, T., Black, S., Williams, L., Boyd, M., ... Trussardi, G. (2017). Working bi-culturally within a palliative care research context: The development of the Te Ārai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group. Mortality, 22 (4), 291-307. 10.1080/13576275.2016.1216955
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michal Boyd, Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Lisa Williams, Rosemary Frey, Jacqualine Robinson, Julia Slark, Susan Waterworth
- Gardiner, C., Ingleton, C., Ryan, T., Ward, S., & Gott, M. (2017). What cost components are relevant for economic evaluations of palliative care, and what approaches are used to measure these costs? A systematic review. Palliative Medicine, 31 (4), 323-337. 10.1177/0269216316670287