Natalie Öhl at University of Hull

In September 2023 I had the chance to spend a research stay of 3 weeks at the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre of the University of Hull in England. My host Dr. Cindy Forbes is a researcher and lecturer on physical activity with a focus on digital technologies.


My research stay had the aim to applicate, culturally adapt and further develop the CARE-HOUSE Framework. The CARE-HOUSE Framework is developed by the Department of Palliative Medicine at the University Hospital Erlangen (EmpkinS D05) and aims to conceptualize social implications of using health technologies in palliative care.



During my research stay, I prepared and conducted two focus groups with multidisciplinary experts in palliative and advanced cancer care. The CARE-HOUSE Framework was applied and discussed in regard to wearable activity monitors. Participants were stimulated to discuss prospective benefits, risks and unknown effects of wearable activity monitors on healthcare practice. Based on these focus groups, I developed an abstract for a scientific conference in consultation with researchers of the University of Hull and we are now working on a joint publication.



I also presented my research work to experts of the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre and got valuable feedback. Discussing my research and taking part in relevant lectures and events was really enriching my work. I am very grateful for this experience and look forward to future collaborations of our departments.