An extraordinary communicator


Jonathan Wood | 31 May 11

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Dr Ann McPherson, who died on Saturday 28 May from pancreatic cancer aged 65, was filmed just a couple of weeks ago talking about her work ahead of being named Health Communicator of the Year by the BMJ Group [more here].

Despite her cancer being at an advanced stage, she recorded the video as she was unable to attend the award ceremony.

An Oxford GP and medical director of the Health Experiences research group in the Department of Primary Health Care, Ann McPherson put communication with patients at the heart of her work.

She talks here about some of the projects she initiated: the patient website and the group Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying [HPAD], which campaigns for greater patient choice at the end of life.