Barbara is a Clinical Psychologist specialised in Clinical and health psychology by the College of Portuguese Psychologists. Barbara has an European Certificate in Psychology and is a member of the American Psychological Association. Barbara was a research assistant in the EU funded PRISMA project and between 2011-2014. Barbara was a EU funded EuroIMPACT Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Training Fellow at King’s College London, Cicely Saunders Institute. Her work was about generating evidence on implementing patient reported outcome measures in clinical practice to facilitate outcome measurement and improve practice in palliative care. Barbara is finalising her PhD at the School of Medicine, University of Porto.
Identifying patients with palliative needs early in the disease trajectory, outcome measurement in palliative care clinical practice, development of patient centred outcome measures, out of hours in palliative care and medical education.
Barbara currently teaches at Escola Superior de Saúde de Santa Maria. She is responsible for the “communication in Palliative care” module of the post-graduation course on Palliative care. This module includes facilitating role-playing on how to give bad news.
In the past Barbara has taught at the International Course on Empirical Research Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Porto. Sessions: “Literature reviews I: Systematic reviews with or without meta-analysis”; “Literature reviews II: Scoping reviews and Narrative reviews”; “Disseminating research findings I: writing an abstract, preparing a presentation and presenting a poster” and also at CESPU Formação “Cuidados Continuados e Paliativos em Saúde Mental” part of a post-graduation course on Palliative care.
Antunes B, Bausewein C. Challenging but beneficial: using outcome measurement in routine care for patients with advanced disease. Ann Palliat Med 2018;7 (Suppl3):S135-S136. doi: 10.21037/apm.2018.09.01
Julião M, Antunes B, Santos A, Sobral M, Albuquerque S, Fareleira F, Runa D, Faria de Sousa P, Chaves P, Gonçalves C, Soares D, Chochinov H. Adapting the Portuguese dignity question framework for adolescents: Ages 10–18. Palliative and Supportive Care, 1-7. doi:10.1017/S1478951519000798
Julião M, Antunes B, Nunes B, Sobral MA, Chaves P, Runa D; Bruera E. Measuring total suffering and will to live in an advanced cancer patient using a patient centered outcome measure: a follow-up case study. J Palliat Med. 2019 Aug 2. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2019.0137. [Epub ahead of print]
Antunes B, Rodrigues PP, Higginson IJ, Ferreira PL. Outcome measurement—a scoping review of the literature and future developments in palliative care clinical practice. Ann Palliat Med 2018. doi: 10.21037/apm.2018.07.03
Tavares AP, Tzanno-Matins C, Arruda MJ, Antunes B. The need for training in palliative care for physicians in other specialties: Brazilian nephrologists empowerment (or appropriation) on renal supportive care. Ann Palliat Med 2018. doi: 10.21037/apm.2018.07.07
Tavares APS, Paparelli C, Kishimoto CS, Cortizo SAA, Braz MSEK, Mazutti SRG, Antunes B. Implementing a patient-centered outcome measure in daily routine in a specialist palliative care inpatient hospital unit – An observational study. 2016. Palliat Med, first published on July 6, 2016 as doi:10.1177/0269216316655349
Antunes B, Murtagh F, Bausewein C, Harding R, Higginson IJ, on behalf of EURO IMPACT, Screening for Depression in Advanced Disease: Psychometric Properties, Sensitivity and Specificity of Two Items of the Palliative care Outcome Scale (POS), Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (2014), doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2014.06.014.
Barbara was a Guest Editor of the focused issue “Outcome measurement for advanced disease patients”. Annals of Palliative Medicine http://apm.amegroups.com/issue/view/746
Barbara was commissioned by the College of Portuguese Psychologists to develop and teach a course on “The role of the psychologist in palliative care”.
Barbara is a Visiting Research Associate at King’s College London, Cicely Saunders Institute and a Research Associate at Centro de Estudos e Investigação em Saúde of University of Coimbra