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Dr. Siew Lee

Research Interests

My background is in nursing, midwifery and population health and my research interest include:

  • Palliative/end-of-life care, metastatic spinal cord compression
  • Long-term conditions
  • eHealth research
  • Interdisciplinary team working
  • Maternal and child health
  • Experience in quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research

Research involvement:

  • Palliative/end of life management of people with metastatic spinal cord compression
  • Telemonitoring of COPD
  • Impact of exercises on type 1 diabetes mellitus
  • Clinical trial metastatic breast cancer
  • Urology conditions

Working on a range of systematic and integrative reviews

  • Positioning and bracing for pain relief in metastatic spinal cord compression in adults. Cochrane Systematic Review - an update
  • mHealth interventions for maternal, newborn and child health in low and middle income countries: systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Therapeutic exercises for affecting post-treatment swallowing in people treated for advanced-stage head and neck cancers. Cochrane Systematic Review
  • Interdisciplinary team working in primary care using normalisation process theory: an integrative review

Teaching Interests

  • My current remit is to build capacity and capability in students and staff in research and Cochrane Systematic Reviews
  • I run workshops, drop-in sessions and do teaching sessions for students undergraduate, postgraduate and staff to help them develop their reviews

  • Teach research methodology on taught Masters and structured PhD programmes
  • Supervise PhD students
  • Supervise Masters in Global Health (Distance Learning) students, University of Edinburgh
  • Academic supervisor to undergraduate nursing students, Edinburgh Napier University


Conference Publication


The Primary Care Respiratory Society UK
HJ Pinnock, M MacNab, S Lee, L McCloughan, J Hanley, A Lindsay, B McKinstry
DOI: doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2014-206260.183

Other Publication


Assessing the facilitators and barriers of interdisciplinary team working in Primary Care using Normalisation Process Theory: protocol for integrative review
Pauline O'Reilly, Siew Hwa Lee, Madeleine O'Sullivan, Walter Cullen, Catriona Kennedy, Anne MacFarlane


Peer Reviewed Journal


Mental health service users' experiences of mental health care: an integrative literature review
D Newman, P O'Reilly, SH Lee, C Kennedy
Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12202


Patient positioning (mobilisation) and bracing for pain relief and spinal stability in metastatic spinal cord compression in adults
Siew Hwa Lee, Robin Grant, Catriona Kennedy, Lynn Kilbride
Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online) DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007609.pub2.


Metastatic spinal cord compression: a review of practice and care
Kilbride L, Cox M, Kennedy CM, Lee SH, Grant R
Journal of clinical nursing DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2010.03236.x