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Engineering Design Centre


Visiting Research Fellow

Research groups: Health Systems Design
Email: bb527
Twitter: @Ben_Bowers__



Dr Ben Bowers is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Engineering Design Centre. He is a Wellcome Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and practices clinically as an Honorary Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care.

Ben’s interdisciplinary post-doctoral research seeks to understand the system factors involved in the safe, effective and timely use of injectable end-of-life symptom control medications for adults dying at home.

Ben is also based in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge. He is a Post-Doctoral Associate at Jesus College.


Selected recent publications

Bowers B, Wilson E. Managing medication at the end of life: supporting family carers. British Journal of Community Nursing 2023; 28(1):34-36

Bowers B, Pollock K, Barclay S. Simultaneously reassuring and unsettling: a longitudinal qualitative study of community anticipatory medication prescribing for older patients. Age and Ageing 2022. 51(12): Online First

Bowers B, Pollock K, Barclay S. Unwelcome memento mori or best clinical practice? Community end-of-life anticipatory medication prescribing practice: a mixed methods observational study. Palliative Medicine 2022; 36(1): 95-104

Bowers B, Pollock K, Dickman A, Ryan R, Barclay S. Anticipatory syringe pumps: benefits and risks. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care Published Online First: 19 January 2021

Papavasiliou E, Hoare S, Bowers B, Kelly MP, Barclay S. Out-of-hours services and end-of-life hospital admissions: A complex intervention systematic review and narrative synthesis. British Journal of General Practice 2021; 71(711): e780-e787

Bowers B, Barclay SS, Pollock K, Barclay S. General Practitioners’ decisions about prescribing end-of-life anticipatory medications: a qualitative study. British Journal of General Practice 2020; 70(699) e731-739

Bowers B, Pollock K, Barclay S. Administration of end-of-life drugs by family caregivers during covid-19 pandemic. British Medical Journal 2020; 369: m1615

Bowers B, Lovick R, Pollock K, Barclay S. Patient and public involvement in general practice research. British Journal of General Practice 2020; 70 (694): 220-221

Bowers B, Ryan R, Kuhn I, Barclay S. Anticipatory prescribing of injectable medications for adults at the end of life in the community: A systematic literature review and narrative synthesis. Palliative Medicine 2019; 33(2): 160-177


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