Caitlin is a Medical Anthropologist, completing her BA at Durham University before commencing her MSc and then DPhil at Oxford from 2015. Caitlin is part of the active teaching staff in both the PHC and Anthropology department, delivering on HERG, MSc EBM, and Medical Anthropology modules, in addition to her role as visiting fellow at the University of Auckland. Caitlin’s DPhil research focussed on how people make ‘a life worth living’ whilst dying with chronic, degenerative heart failure at home towards the end of life.
The talk will explore how conceptual distinctions and clarifications offered by phenomenology informed Caitlin’s research methods, interview strategy, and fieldwork reflections. The theoretical lenses applied to analyse this work will be discussed, as well as how these lenses were further developed in conjunction with insights from data to build a theoretical framework of ‘unmaking and remaking’. This is a framework that can be more broadly applied to end of life research and practice.