Dr Ping Guo PhD, MSc, BSc, RN

Dr Ping Guo

School of Nursing
Lecturer in Nursing

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Ping Guo is Lecturer in Nursing and Lead for Advanced Practice Research Project/Dissertation module at School of Nursing. She is Visiting Lecturer in Palliative Care at the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, King’s College London, UK. 

Ping’s research expertise lies in intervention and health services research. Her research interests include palliative and end of life care, outcome measurement, and global health. She has experience of leading and managing different projects in clinical trials and observational studies, undertaking documentary reviews and qualitative interviews, and conducting health systems strengthening research.

Ping has successfully disseminated her research findings in peer reviewed journals and through presentations at national and international conferences. She has a good track record of securing competitive research funding.


  • PhD in Nursing Studies, University of Nottingham, UK, 2012
  • MSc in Advanced Nursing, University of Nottingham, UK, 2008
  • BSc in Nursing, Changzhi Medical College, China, 2004
  • Diploma in Nursing, Henan University, China, 2000
  • Registered Nurse in China 2000


Postgraduate supervision

Palliative and end of life care
Nursing intervention studies

Other activities

  • Co-lead for the Health Science and Societal Care research theme within the Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham
  • Honorary contract with Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care, King’s College London
  • Palliative Care Research Society (PCRS) membership (2014-present)
  • A member of Global Health and Palliative Care Advisory Group (GHAP), Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London
  • Peer reviewer for journals related to palliative care, nursing, and health and conflict.


Recent publications


Lewison, G, Hussain, SF, Guo, P, Harding, R, Mukherji, D, Abu-Sittah, G, Aggarwal, A, Fouad, F, Bhoo-Pathy, N, Shamieh, O, Torode, J, Kutluk, T & Sullivan, R 2020, 'Cancer research in the 57 Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries, 2008–17', Ecancermedicalscience. https://doi.org/10.3332/ecancer.2020.1094

Chung, H, Harding, R & Guo, P 2020, 'Palliative care in the Greater China region: a systematic review of needs, models and outcomes', Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.08.040

Abdullah, R, Guo, P & Harding, R 2020, 'Preferences and experiences of Muslim patients and their families in Muslim-majority countries for end-of-life care: a systematic review and thematic analysis', Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.06.032

R4HC-MENA collaboration & Guo, P 2020, 'The economic burden of cancer care for Syrian refugees: a population-based modelling study', The Lancet Oncology, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 637-644. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(20)30067-X

Etkind, S, Lovell, N, Bone, A, Guo, P, Nicholson, C, Murtagh, FEM & Higginson, IJ 2020, 'The stability of care preferences following acute illness: a mixed methods prospective cohort study of frail older people', BMC Geriatrics.

Murtagh, FE, Ramsenthaler, C, Firth, A, Groeneveld, EI, Lovell, N, Simon, ST, Denzel, J, Guo, P, Bernhardt, F, Schildmann, E, Van Oorschot, B, Hodiamont, F, Streitwieser, S, Higginson, IJ & Bausewein, C 2019, 'A brief, patient- and proxy-reported outcome measure in advanced illness: Validity, reliability and responsiveness of the Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale (IPOS)', Palliative Medicine, vol. 33, no. 8, pp. 1045-1057. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216319854264

Firth, AM, O’brien, SM, Guo, P, Seymour, J, Richardson, H, Bridges, C, Hocaoglu, MB, Grande, G, Dzingina, M, Higginson, IJ & Murtagh, FE 2019, 'Establishing key criteria to define and compare models of specialist palliative care: A mixed-methods study using qualitative interviews and Delphi survey', Palliative Medicine, vol. 33, no. 8, pp. 1114-1124. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216319858237

Skelton, L & Guo, P 2019, 'Evaluating the effects of the pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions to manage delirium symptoms in palliative care patients: systematic review', Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care , vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 384-391. https://doi.org/10.1097/SPC.0000000000000458

Pinto, C, Firth, AM, Groeneveld, EI, Guo, P, Sykes, N & Murtagh, FE 2019, 'Patients’ views on care and their association with outcomes in palliative care', Palliative Medicine, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 467-469. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216319831383

Sleeman, KE, de Brito, M, Etkind, S, Nkhoma, K, Guo, P, Higginson, IJ, Gomes, B & Harding, R 2019, 'The escalating global burden of serious health-related suffering', Lancet Global Health, vol. 7, no. 7, pp. e883-e892. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(19)30172-X

Oriani, A, Guo, P, Gadoud, A, Dunleavy, L, Kane, P & Murtagh, FEM 2019, 'What are the main symptoms and concerns reported by patients with advanced chronic heart failure?-a secondary analysis of the Palliative care Outcome Scale (POS) and Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale (IPOS)', Annals of palliative medicine, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 775-780. https://doi.org/10.21037/apm.2019.08.10

Pask, S, Pinto, C, Bristowe, K, Van Vliet, L, Nicholson, C, Evans, CJ, George, R, Bailey, K, Davies, JM, Guo, P, Daveson, BA, Higginson, IJ & Murtagh, FE 2018, 'A framework for complexity in palliative care', Palliative Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216318757622

Guo, P, Dzingina, M, Firth, AM, Davies, JM, Douiri, A, O'Brien, SM, Pinto, C, Pask, S, Higginson, IJ, Eagar, K & Murtagh, FEM 2018, 'Development and validation of a casemix classification to predict costs of specialist palliative care provision across inpatient hospice, hospital and community settings in the UK', BMJ open, vol. 8, no. 3. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020071

Guo, P, Gao, W, Higginson, IJ & Harding, R 2018, 'Implementing Outcome Measures in Palliative Care', Journal of Palliative Medicine, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 414. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2017.0674

Pinto, C, Bristowe, K, Witt, J, Davies, JM, de Wolf-Linder, S, Dawkins, M, Guo, P, Higginson, IJ, Daveson, B & Murtagh, FEM 2018, 'Perspectives of patients, family caregivers and health professionals on the use of outcome measures in palliative care and lessons for implementation', Annals of palliative medicine, vol. 7, pp. S137-S150. https://doi.org/10.21037/apm.2018.09.02

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