Anna Arber

Dr Anne Arber

Senior Lecturer in Cancer and Palliative Care
PhD, MSc, RN



Research interests

My teaching

My publications


King-Okoye M., Arber A., Faithfull S (2019) Beliefs that contribute to delays in diagnosis of prostate cancer among Afro-Caribbean men in Trinidad and Tobago. Psycho-Oncology 28,6 1321-1327

Wang Q., Arber A., Shen A., Qiang W (2019) Perspectives of Chinese cancer patients towards disclosure of cancer diagnosis to their minor Children.  Cancer Nursing (in Press)

Franklin P, Arber A, Reed L, Ream E (2018) Health and social care professionals’ experiences of supporting parents and their dependent children during, and following, the death of a parent: A qualitative review and thematic synthesis. Palliative Medicine (In press)

Arber A, Odelius A. (2018) Experiences of oncology and palliative care nurses when supporting parents who have cancer and dependent children.  Cancer Nursing 41, pp248-254

Gallagher A, Arber A, Peacock M (2018) Helping Young People with Learning Disabilities and their Families to Plan End of life Care: The ADVANCE Toolkit for Care-Givers.  Learning Disability Nursing (In press)

King-Okoye M, Arber A, Faithfull S (2017)  Routes to diagnosis for men with prostate cancer: men’s beliefs about how changes to their bodies and symptoms influence help-seeking actions.  European Journal of Oncology Nursing 30, pp. 48-58

Cox AC, Arber A, Gallagher A, MacKenzie M, Ream E. (2017) Establishing priorities for UK cancer nursing research: Nurse and patient collaboration in a UK Oncology Nursing Society Delphi survey. Oncology Nursing Society Oncology Nursing Forum 44, pp. 192-203

Ayers NE, Vydelingum V, Arber AM. (2017) An ethnography of managing emotions when talking about life-threatening illness. International Nursing Review 64, pp 486-493

Cox AC, Arber A, Bailey F, Dargan S, Gannon C, Lisk R, Quinn B, Samarasinghe J, Wrigley M, Gallagher A. (2017) Developing, implementing and evaluating an end of life care intervention. Nursing Older People, 29 (1), pp. 27-35

Dunn E, Arber A, Gallagher A. (2016) The Immediacy of Illness and Existential Crisis: Patients' lived experience of under-going allogeneic-stem cell transplantation for haematological malignancy. A phenomenological study. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 21, pp. 90-96

Laverty D, Arber AM, Faithfull S. (2016) Respite for patients and carers in neurodegenerative disease: a grounded theory study. European Journal of Palliative Care, 23 (4), pp. 175-179

Gallagher A, Bousso RS, McCarthy J, Kohlen H, Arber A et al (2015) Negotiated reorienting: A grounded theory of nurses’ end-of-life decision-making in the intensive care unit.  International Journal of Nursing Studies, 52, 4,  pp. 794-803

Mishelmovich N, Arber A, Odelius A. (2015) Breaking significant news: the experience of clinical nurse specialists in cancer and palliative care. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 21, pp. 153-159

Gregg N., Arber A., Ashkan K., Brazil L., Costello A et al (2014) Behavioural and personality changes following brain tumour: patients and relatives perspectives. Supportive Care Cancer (In press)

Gamlen E., Arber A. (2013) First assessments by specialist cancer nurses in the community: an ethnography. European Journal of Oncology Nursing 17,6, 797-801

Laverty D, Faithfull S. Arber A (2013) Respite care at an inner London hospice. European Journal of Palliative Care. 20,2 72-76

Arber A, Hutson N, de Vries K, Guerrero D, (2013) Finding the right kind of support: A study of carers of those with a primary malignant brain tumour. European Journal of Oncology Nursing 17,1 52-58

Probst S, Arber A, Faithfull S. (2013) Malignant fungating wounds- the meaning of living in an unbounded body. European Journal of Oncology Nursing 17,1 38-35

Arber A., Spencer L (2013) 'It's all bad news': the first 3 months following a diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Psycho Oncology Published online DOI 10.1002/pon.3162

Probst S, Arber A, Trojan A, Faithfull S. (2012) Caring for a loved one with a malignant fungating wound. Supportive Care Cancer 20,12 3065-3070

Beech N, Arber A, Faithfull S. (2012) Restoring a sense of wellness following colorectal cancer: a grounded theory. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68,5: 1134-1144

Arber A, Hutson N, Guerrero D, Wilson S, Lucas C (2010) Carers, of patients with a primary malignant brain tumour. Are their information needs being met? British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing 6,7:329-334

Arber A, Faithfull S, Plastoka M, Lucas C, de Vries K (2010) A study of patients with a primary malignant brain tumour and their carers: Experience of symptoms and access to services. International Journal of Palliative Nursing 16,1 24-30.

Gallagher A, Arber A, Quirk A and Chaplin R (2009) Service users' experience of receiving bad news about their mental health, Journal of Mental Health (In press)

Probst S, Arber A and Faithfull S (2009) Malignant fungating wounds: a survey of nurses' clinical practice in Switzerland, European Journal of Oncology Nursing 13, 295-298

Arber A, Gallagher A (2009) Generosity and the moral imagination in the practice of teamwork, Nursing Ethics, 16 (6)

Arber A (2008) Team meetings in specialist palliative care, Qualitative Health Research, 18, 1323-1335

Hughes N and Arber A (2008) The lived experience of patients with pleural mesothelioma., International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 14,2, 66-71

Arber A (2007) "Pain talk" in hospice and palliative care team meetings, International Journal of Nursing Studies, 44, 916-926

Arber A (2006) Reflexivity. A challenge for the researcher as practitioner. Journal of Research in Nursing, 11(2)147-157

Li S and Arber A (2006) The construction of "troubled" and "credible" patients: a study of "emotion talk" in palliative care settings, Qualitative Health Research, 16(1)27-46

Arber A (2004) Is Pain What the Patient Says It Is? Interpreting an account of pain, International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 10, 491-496



Allan H and Arber A eds (2018) Reflexivity in Health and Social Care Field Research. Palgrave Macmillan 

Arber A (2016) Team communication in the hospice setting. In Wittenberg E., Ferrell BR., Goldsmith J., Smith T., Ragan SL., Glajchen M., Handzo G.  Textbook of palliative care communication. Oxford University Press, pp. 340-345

Arber A & Wade C. (2012)  Truth Telling.  In Gallagher A, Hodge S. Ethics, Law and Professional Issues for Health Practitioners: a case based approach.  Palgrave



Maguire R, Arber A, Klepacz N, Connaghan J  (2019)   Poster presentation  17th Annual British Thoracic Oncology Group (BTOG) Conference 23rd-25th January  Dublin, Ireland

Arber A, Klepacz N et al (2018) Oral and poster presentation: Symptom assessment by mobile phone for patients with pleural  mesothelioma. The National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses. Telford Conference Centre.  Awarded prize for winning abstract

Arber A, Klepacz N, Maguire R, Connaghan J  (2018)  Staying connected: symptom assessment by mobile phone. British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group 12-14th September 2018 Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

King-Okoye M, Arber A, Faithfull S (2018) Men and partners’ experiences of prostate cancer along routes to diagnosis in Trinidad and Tobago. British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group 12-14th September 2018 Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

Heavy E, Lempp H, Allen H, Williams R, Arber A et al (2018) Metaphor use by patients with long term conditions: a secondary qualitative data analysis. British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group 12-14th September 2018 Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

Arber A (2016) Findings from UKONS Delphi Study. UKONS Research MIG Inaugural Meeting.  Guy’s Hospital, London 30th June 2016

Arber A (2015) Paper presented:  ‘Think family’ project.  International Conference on Cancer Nursing Vancouver, Canada July 2015

Arber A, Odelius A (2013) The “new normal” delivering information about oral chemotherapy in the clinic. Royal College of Nursing Research Conference, Hastings Europa Hotel, Belfast 20-22nd March