All Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care


Guideline Scholars for Constipation

Louise Duddy

Louise is a clinical nurse specialist in palliative care. She has worked in palliative care services since 2000 and has spent over three years working with the Specialist Palliative Care services in the community for Donegal Hospice. Louise received a Diploma in Nursing Studies and a BSc Health Studies both from Queen’s University Belfast in 1997 and 1998 respectively as well as a Higher Diploma in Palliative Care from University College Dublin in 2002. She previously worked in Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services in various positions from staff nurse, CNM1, practice development nurse and as a clinical facilitator.

Dr Brenda O’Connor

Brenda is a graduate of University College Cork (2001) and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (2007). She completed specialist training in palliative medicine with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in July 2012. Brenda is currently working as a clinical lecturer and research fellow in palliative medicine at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services in Dublin. Her research interests include the management of constipation in advanced illness and the use of information technology in symptom assessment. She is currently undertaking a Doctor of Medicine (MD) thesis with University College Dublin investigating the role of modern information technology in the clinical assessment of advanced cancer.

Dr Jodie Battley

Jodie is a graduate of The University of Otago, New Zealand (2004), and the Royal College of Physicians Of Ireland (2010). She has extensive experience in acute general medicine at a senior level, including Medicine for the Elderly and Medical Oncology. She began her specialty training on the Palliative Medicine program in July 2012. Jodie’s research interests include advanced breast cancer, and she will begin her MD thesis on this topic in July 2013.

Read the Guidelines

The guidelines scholars for constipation presented their work at the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) Congress in Prague in June 2013. The constipation guidelines consultation was launched on 18th July 2013 and may be accessed soon.

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