Cindy Gallois

Cindy has been with UQ since 1979 and has been a professor since 1996. She was the founding director of the former Social and Behavioural Sciences (SBS) Faculty Centre for Social Research in Communication. She has held several University executive positions including serving as President of the Academic Board (1998 to 2000), and Associate Dean (Research) (2003-2007, also Deputy Executive Dean 2006-7), and Acting Executive Dean (2008-2009) in the former Faculty of SBS. Cindy’s areas of research interest include health communication and health psychology. She is a Fellow of several prestigious international and Australian Academies.
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Factors associated with non-beneficial treatments in end of life hospital admissions: a multicentre retrospective cohort study in Australia

This paper presents the first statistical modelling results to assess the factors associated with non-beneficial treatment (NBT) in hospital, beyond an intensive care setting. The findings highlight potential areas for intervention to reduce the likelihood of NBTs.
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Doctors’ perceptions of how resource limitations relate to futility in end-of-life decision making: a qualitative analysis

Abstract: Objective To increase knowledge of how doctors perceive futile treatments and scarcity of resources at the end of life. In particular, their perceptions about whether and how resource limitations influence end-of-life decision making. This study builds on previous work that found some doctors include...
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Reasons doctors provide futile treatment at the end of life: A qualitative study

Abstract Objective Futile treatment, which by definition cannot benefit a patient, is undesirable. This research investigated why doctors believe that treatment that they consider to be futile is sometimes provided at the end of a patient's life. Design Semistructured in-depth interviews. Setting Three large tertiary...
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What does “futility” mean? An empirical study of doctors’ perceptions

Abstract Objective: To investigate how doctors define and use the terms “futility” and “futile treatment” in end-of-life care. Design, setting, participants: A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with 96 doctors from a range of specialties which treat adults at the end of life. Doctors were...