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Dr Jeanne Katz

Jeanne Katz

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Professional biography

Prior to becoming a medical sociologist, Jeanne was a social worker, and then completed a Masters degree in Sociology as Applied to Medicine (London 1980) and Ph.D. in sociology (Warwick 1989).  She joined the Open University in 1990 as Lecturer in Death and Dying.  She has been a Senior Lecturer since 2001.

Her primary activities over the past ten years have related to a) her postgraduate student role  b) her research activities and c) her involvement in K319 as co-editor of the reader.

A)  As Director of Postgraduate Studies from April 2003 till September 2009 Dr Jeanne Katz  was responsible for all the postgraduate students in the Faculty of Health & Social Care and helped negotiate externally matched funding for six students. Three of her students have been awarded their Ph.D.s during the last two years, and she continues to supervise one full time student who is exploring child sexual abuse in South Africa and a part time student.

B).  Dr Katz is engaged in writing up several recently completed research projects.


Research interests


Jeanne Katz has researched for many years in the area of death, dying and bereavement in a variety of settings. For the past twenty years she has focused primarily on  the health and social care of older people in  different types of care settings. Her externally funded researched projects in the late 1990's and early noughties explored the management of dying and death of older people residing  in residential and nursing homes as well as the training needs of care staff. She published extensively on issues in relation to care for dying residents in UK care homes and co-authored a training pack for carers working with dying people, published in 2004 by Macmillan Cancer Support.

Her research interests diversified in the noughties through collaborative research with colleagues Caroline Holland and Sheila Peace. With Caroline Holland she completed an externally funded research project on extra-care housing for a group of housing charities and recently completed a study about 'What happens to Older People with Dementia on Discharge from Hospital; (with colleagues from the Universities of Warwick and Surrey) funded by the Alzheimer's Society).   In addition with both Sheila Peace and Caroline Holland she has completed two studies  funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the first entitled  'Social Interactions in public spaces' (2006) and  'A Better Life - what Older People with high support needs value (2011). 





Books edited:

D. Dickenson, M. Johnson and J. Katz (2000) (eds) Death Dying and Bereavement, (2000) 2nd edition, Sage, pp. 338, ISBN 0 7619 6857 1 (pbk)

J. Hockey, J. Katz and N. Small (eds) (2001) Grief Mourning and Death Ritual, Open University Press, pp. 286, ISBN 0 3352 0502 X (HB) 0 3352 0501 1

Katz, J. and Peace, S.M. (eds) (2003) End of Life in Care Homes: A Palliative Care Approach, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Chapters in books:

Katz, J. (2001) 'Supporting bereaved school children: the views of teachers', in Hockey, J., Katz, J. and Small, N. (eds) Grief Mourning and Death Ritual, Open University Press, pp. 144–157, ISBN 0 3352 0502 X (HB) 0 3352 0501 1.

Katz, J. (2001) 'Nursing Homes' in Howarth, G. and Leaman, O. (eds) Encyclopaedia of Death and Dying, Routledge.

Katz, J. (2001) 'Nursing' in Howarth, G. and Leaman, O. (eds) Encyclopaedia of Death and Dying, Routledge.

Katz, J. (2002) 'Ill-health' in Thompson, N. (ed.) Loss and Grief: A Guide for Human Service Practitioners, Palgrave. Basingstoke.

Seden, J. and Katz, J. (2002) 'Managing Significant Life Events' in Henderson, J. and Atkinson, D. (eds) Managing Care in Context, Routledge, London.

Katz, J. (2003) 'Managing Loss in Care Homes' in Reynolds, J., Henderson, J., Seden, J., Charlesworth, J. and Bullman, A. (eds) The Managing Care Reader, Chapter 9, pp. 67–76, Routledge, London. ISBN 0 415 29789 03.

Katz, J. (2003) 'Managing dying residents' in Katz, J. and Peace, S.M. (eds) (2003) End of Life in Care Homes: A Palliative Care Approach, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Katz, J. (2003) 'Dealing with death' in Katz, J. and Peace, S.M. (eds) (2003) End of Life in Care Homes: A Palliative Care Approach, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Katz, J. (2003) 'The role of external health workers' in Katz, J. and Peace, S.M. (eds) (2003) End of Life in Care Homes: A Palliative Care Approach, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Katz, J. (2003) 'Practical applications of the principles and practices of palliative care to the residential sector' in Katz, J. and Peace, S.M. (eds) (2003) End of Life in Care Homes: A Palliative Care Approach, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Katz, J. (2004) 'Palliative Care in Institutions' in Payne, S., Seymour, J. and Ingleton, C. (eds) Palliative Care Nursing: Principles and Evidence for Practice, Open University Press, pp. 414–31.

Katz, J.S. (2008) Palliative Care in Institutions in Payne S., Seymour, J. and Ingleton, C. (eds.) Palliative Care Nursing : Principles and Evidence for Practice. Second edition. Open University Press, McGraw Hill Education, Maidenhead. pp 383--401

Journal articles:

Katz, J., Sidell, M. and Komaromy, C. (2001) 'Dying in long term care facilities: support needs of other residents, relatives and staff' in American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, Vol. 18, No. 5, pp. 321–26. (90%)

Silverdale, N. and Katz, J. (2003) 'Changes in Attitudes and Practice toward Dying People after Completion of a UK Based Distance Learning Death and Dying Course', Illness, Crisis and Loss, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 183–196.

Katz, J.T (2003)'Training needs in the palliative approach of care home staff' in European Journal of Palliative Care, 10;4; 154-156

Katz, J.S. (2005) Palliative Care in residential care facilities: a brief review International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 11; 3; 130-131 

Silverdale, N. and Katz, J. (2005) The impact of a distance learning death and dying course: An analysis of student self-reported changes, Nurse Education Today, 25, 7, 509-518

Clark, A., Holland, C., Peace, S. and Katz, J. (2005) Social Interactions in Urban Public Places: Participative Method and Recruitment Strategies. Recruitment and Sampling in Representation of Older People in Research. Centre for the Policy on Ageing, London.

C.A. Holland, A. Clark, J. Katz and S. Peace (2007) Social Interactions in urban public places Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Policy Press, Bristol

Clark, A., Holland,C., Katz, J & Peace,S (2009) 'Learning to see: lessons from a participatory observation research project in public spaces' . International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Volume 12 Issue 4 Pp 345 – 360

Holland, C. & Katz, J. (2010) 'Cultural Identity and Belonging in Later Life: Is Extra Care Housing an Attractive Concept to Older Jewish People Living in Britain?' Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 2010, DOI 10.1007/s10823-009-9107-9

Abeles, M. and Katz, J. (2010) A time to mourn: Reflections on Jewish bereavement practices; Bereavement Care




Dr Katz is a co-investigator with Dr Caroline Holland from the Faculty along with a psycho-geriatrician and a statistician from the University of Warwick and a health economist from the University of Surrey in an Alzheimer's Society funded project exploring what happens to people with dementia on discharge from hospital. This project will be completed in 2011.

She was the principal investigator (with Dr Caroline Holland, Professor Sheila Peace and Dr Elizabeth Tilley) on a Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded project entitled 'Aspirations for a Better Life' on a project which was published in November 2011.


Teaching interests

Health and social care courses.

Jeanne co-edited the reader  'Adult Lives: A Life Course Perspective' for the new level three course K319 (Adulthood, Ageing and the Lifecourse) with Professor Sheila Peace and Sue Spurr.  This was published in early 2012.

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies (CABS)CentreFaculty of Health and Social Care


Externally funded projects

Exploring the needs and aspirations of visually impaired older people (VIOP)
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01 Oct 201430 Sep 2015TPT Thomas Pocklington Trust

As we get older we are more likely to live with visual impairment. This is something more than Presbyopia (age-related long sight) and relates to conditions such as macular degeneration and other significant causes of sight loss such as glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. The research aims to enable older people with visual impairments living in the community to express preferences for where and with what kinds of support they would like to live. Through in-depth interviews guided by participants the research will focus on what helps or hinders everyday living and how people can achieve what they value most in life.

Evaluation of a Hospital Liaison service for people with dementia
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01 Oct 201331 Dec 2014The Alzheimer's Society

The Alzheimer’s Society in the UK aims to build on the limited support available in hospitals for people with dementia and their carers by developing a high quality specialist Hospital Liaison Service (HLS), with the new service piloted at hospitals in the Boston and Leicester. The aim of the service is to provide advice guidance and information from admission through to discharge, and in some cases beyond. During 2013 and 2014, the HLS Evaluation Project carried out a comprehensive external evaluation of the service and its impact on the well-being of patients and carers post-discharge. Methods included scoping other available services within the hospitals and their catchment areas; analysis of HLS project workers’ documentation; consultations with key medical staff; and interviews with family carers who had used the service. This work built upon previous research for the Alzheimer's Society conducted by Dr Holland and Dr Katz, with colleagues at Warwick University and the University of Surrey, which itself suggested a great need for more information for people living with dementia, and for their families.