Samuel Porter

Professor Samuel Porter

  • porters at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Professor & Head of Department - Social Work & Social Sciences
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Biography

Sam Porter is a sociologist by academic training and a nurse by profession. His wide research interests reflect this combination. His main areas of interest are palliative and end-of-life care; supportive care for cancer survivors and carers; maternal and child health; the sociology of health professionals; and the use of arts-based therapies. Recently, he has combined his interests through leadership of a randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of music therapy in improving the well-being of children with behavioural problems, and a current pilot trial examining whether music therapy can reduce the anxiety of people reaching the end of their lives. In line with existing research strengths in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences relating to the experiences of older people, he is taking an increasing interest in issues around palliative care for the elderly.

Sam has adopted a wide range of methods in his research, ranging from the above-mentioned randomised controlled trials to the use of qualitative approaches such as ethnography...

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Research

Sam Porter’s research deals with one of the most difficult and sensitive areas of human experience – caring for people who are reaching the end of their lives.

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Journal Articles

  • Byrne, A., McNeill, J., Rogers, K. and Porter, S., 2017. Impact of Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) on student midwife praxis. Midwifery, 58, 83-85.
  • Porter, S., McConnell, T., Clarke, M., Kirkwood, J., Hughes, N., Graham-Wisener, L., Regan, J., McKeown, M., McGrillen, K. and Reid, J., 2017. A critical realist evaluation of a music therapy intervention in palliative care. BMC PALLIATIVE CARE, 16.
  • McGaughey, J., O'Halloran, P., Porter, S., Trinder, J. and Blackwood, B., 2017. Early warning systems and rapid response to the deteriorating patient in hospital: A realist evaluation. JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING, 73 (12), 3119-3132.
  • McGaughey, J., O'Halloran, P., Porter, S. and Blackwood, B., 2017. Early warning systems and rapid response to the deteriorating patient in hospital: A systematic realist review. JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING, 73 (12), 2877-2891.
  • Ruane-McAteer, E., Porter, S., O'Sullivan, J.M., Santin, O. and Prue, G., 2017. Active surveillance for favorable-risk prostate cancer: Is there a greater psychological impact than previously thought? A systematic, mixed studies literature review. PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 26 (10), 1411-1421.
  • Mc Veigh, C., Reid, J., Larkin, P., Porter, S. and Hudson, P., 2017. The experience of palliative care service provision for people with non-malignant respiratory disease and their family carers: An all-Ireland qualitative study. J Adv Nurs.
  • McConnell, T. and Porter, S., 2017. Music therapy for palliative care: A realist review. Palliative and Supportive Care, 15 (4), 454-464.
  • Mc Veigh, C., Reid, J., Larkin, P., Porter, S. and Hudson, P., 2017. The provision of generalist and specialist palliative care for patients with non-malignant respiratory disease in the North and Republic of Ireland: a qualitative study. BMC PALLIATIVE CARE, 17.
  • Porter, S., McConnell, T., McLaughlin, K., Lynn, F., Cardwell, C., Braiden, H.-J., Boylan, J., Holmes, V. and Grp, M.M.S., 2017. Music therapy for children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems: a randomised controlled trial. JOURNAL OF CHILD PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY, 58 (5), 586-594.
  • Porter, S., 2017. Evaluating realist evaluation: a response to Pawson's reply. NURSING PHILOSOPHY, 18 (2).
  • Porter, S., McConnell, T. and Reid, J., 2017. The possibility of critical realist randomised controlled trials. TRIALS, 18.
  • McConnell, T. and Porter, S., 2017. The experience of providing end of life care at a children's hospice: a qualitative study. BMC PALLIATIVE CARE, 16.
  • Scott, D., Reid, J., Hudson, P., Martin, P. and Porter, S., 2016. Health care professionals' experience, understanding and perception of need of advanced cancer patients with cachexia and their families: The benefits of a dedicated clinic. BMC Palliative Care, 15 (1).
  • McConnell, T., Scott, D. and Porter, S., 2016. Healthcare staff's experience in providing end-of-life care to children: A mixed-method review. Palliative Medicine, 30 (10), 905-919.
  • Reid, J., Porter, S. et al., 2016. Distinguishing between cachexia, sarcopenia and protein energy wasting in end-stage renal disease patients on dialysis. Palliative Medicine and Hospice Care, 2 (2), e11-e13.
  • McConnell, T., Scott, D. and Porter, S., 2016. Music therapy for end-of-life care: An updated systematic review. Palliative Medicine, 30 (9), 877-883.
  • Ruane-McAteer, E., O'Sullivan, J., Porter, S., Venderbos, L. and Prue, G., 2016. An exploration of men's experiences of undergoing active surveillance for favourable-risk prostate cancer: A mixed methods study protocol. BMC Cancer, 16 (1).
  • McConnell, T., Graham-Wisener, L., Regan, J., McKeown, M., Kirkwood, J., Hughes, N., Clarke, M., Leitch, J., McGrillen, K. and Porter, S., 2016. Evaluation of the effectiveness of music therapy in improving the quality of life of palliative care patients: a randomised controlled pilot and feasibility study. Pilot Feasibility Stud, 2, 70.
  • Alderdice, F., Porter, S.W., de Souza, M.D.L., Velloso, B.P. and Brüggeman, O.M., 2016. Postnatal care in Brazil: Opportunities and challenges. Texto e Contexto Enfermagem, 25 (4).
  • Higgins, A., O Halloran, P. and Porter, S., 2015. The Management of Long-Term Sickness Absence in Large Public Sector Healthcare Organisations: A Realist Evaluation Using Mixed Methods. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 25 (3), 451-470.
  • Mitchell, G., Porter, S. and Manias, E., 2015. A critical ethnography of communication processes involving the management of oral chemotherapeutic agents by patients with a primary diagnosis of colorectal cancer: Study protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71 (4), 922-932.
  • Reid, J., Porter, S. et al., 2015. Defining cachexia in a renal population. Journal of Renal Care, 41 (2), 79-80.
  • McConnell, T., O'Halloran, P., Donnelly, M. and Porter, S., 2015. Factors affecting the successful implementation and sustainability of the Liverpool Care Pathway for dying patients: A realist evaluation. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 5 (1), 70-77.
  • Porter, S., 2015. The uncritical realism of realist evaluation. Evaluation, 21 (1), 65-82.
  • Porter, S., 2015. Review: Locating the qualitative interview: reflecting on space and place in nursing research. Journal of Research in Nursing, 20 (3), 216-217.
  • O'Halloran, P., Scott, D., Reid, J. and Porter, S., 2015. Multimedia psychoeducational interventions to support patient self-care in degenerative conditions: A realist review. Palliative and Supportive Care, 13 (5), 1473-1486.
  • Porter, S., 2015. Realist evaluation: An immanent critique. Nursing Philosophy, 16 (4), 239-251.
  • Noble, H., Price, J.E. and Porter, S., 2015. The challenge to health professionals when carers resist truth telling at the end of life: A qualitative secondary analysis. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24 (7-8), 927-936.
  • Prue, G., Santin, O. and Porter, S., 2014. Assessing the needs of informal caregivers to cancer survivors: A review of the instruments. Psycho-Oncology.
  • Reid, J., Scott, D., Santin, O., Cardwell, C.R., Donnelly, M., Kernohan, W.G., O'Halloran, P.D.O., Regan, J. and Porter, S., 2014. Evaluation of a psychoeducational intervention for patients with advanced cancer who have cachexia and their lay carers (EPACaCC): study protocol. Journal of advanced nursing, 70 (5), 1174-1183.
  • Mc Veigh, C., Reid, J., Hudson, P., Larkin, P., Porter, S. and Marley, A.M., 2014. The experiences of palliative care health service provision for people with non-malignant respiratory disease and their caregivers: An all-Ireland study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70 (3), 687-697.
  • Porter, S., 2014. Review: Conflict management styles used by nurses in Jordan. Journal of Research in Nursing, 19 (1), 54-55.
  • Higgins, A., Porter, S. and O'Halloran, P., 2014. General practitioners' management of the long-term sick role. Social Science and Medicine, 107, 52-60.
  • Porter, S., McConnell, T., Lynn, F., McLaughlin, K., Cardwell, C. and Holmes, V., 2014. Recruiting participants for randomized controlled trials of music therapy: A practical illustration. Journal of Music Therapy, 51 (4), 355-381.
  • Munier, T. and Porter, S., 2014. The struggle for safe staffing levels in the USA: A political economy of evidence-based practice. Journal of Research in Nursing, 19 (7-8), 592-603.
  • Mcconnell, T., O'Halloran, P., Porter, S. and Donnelly, M., 2013. Systematic Realist Review of Key Factors Affecting the Successful Implementation and Sustainability of the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 10 (4), 218-237.
  • Millar, C., Reid, J. and Porter, S., 2013. Healthcare professionals' response to cachexia in advanced cancer: A qualitative study. Oncology Nursing Forum, 40 (6).
  • Porter, S., 2013. Editorial. Journal of Research in Nursing, 18 (5), 389-390.
  • Scott, D.A., Mills, M., Black, A., Cantwell, M., Campbell, A., Cardwell, C.R., Porter, S. and Donnelly, M., 2013. Multidimensional rehabilitation programmes for adult cancer survivors. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 3.
  • Millar, C., Reid, J. and Porter, S., 2013. Refractory cachexia and truth-telling about terminal prognosis: A qualitative study. European Journal of Cancer Care, 22 (3), 326-333.
  • Reid, J., Noble, H.R., Porter, S., Shields, J.S. and Maxwell, A.P., 2013. A literature review of end-stage renal disease and cachexia: Understanding experience to inform evidence-based healthcare. Journal of Renal Care, 39 (1), 47-51.
  • Porter, S., 2013. Capitalism, the state and health care in the age of austerity: A Marxist analysis. Nursing Philosophy, 14 (1), 5-16.
  • Porter, S., Millar, C. and Reid, J., 2012. Cancer cachexia care: The contribution of qualitative research to evidence-based practice. Cancer Nursing, 35 (6).
  • Porter, S., Holmes, V., McLaughlin, K., Lynn, F., Cardwell, C., Braiden, H.J., Doran, J. and Rogan, S., 2012. Music in mind, a randomized controlled trial of music therapy for young people with behavioural and emotional problems: Study protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68 (10), 2349-2358.
  • Higgins, A., O'Halloran, P. and Porter, S., 2012. Management of long term sickness absence: A systematic realist review. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 22 (3), 322-332.
  • Porter, S., 2012. Review: Chronic pain in the neonate: A research design connecting Ancient Delphi to the modern 'Dutch Polder'. Journal of Research in Nursing, 17 (3), 273-274.
  • Porter, S. and O'Halloran, P., 2012. The use and limitation of realistic evaluation as a tool for evidence-based practice: A critical realist perspective. Nursing Inquiry, 19 (1), 18-28.
  • Reid, J. and Porter, S., 2011. Utility, caller, and patient profile of a novel chemotherapy telephone helpline service within a regional cancer centre in Northern Ireland. Cancer Nursing, 34 (3).
  • Porter, S., O'Halloran, P. and Morrow, E., 2011. Bringing values back into evidence-based nursing: The role of patients in resisting empiricism. Advances in Nursing Science, 34 (2), 106-118.
  • Blackwood, B., O'Halloran, P. and Porter, S., 2010. On the problems of mixing RCTs with qualitative research: The case of the MRC framework for the evaluation of complex healthcare interventions. Journal of Research in Nursing, 15 (6), 511-521.
  • Porter, S., 2010. The role of qualitative research in evidence-based policy and practice. Journal of Research in Nursing, 15 (6), 495-496.
  • Porter, S. and O'Halloran, P., 2010. Postmodernism and evidence-based practice: A reply to Holmes et al. (2009). International Journal of Nursing Studies, 47 (4), 529-530.
  • McGaughey, J., Blackwood, B., O'Halloran, P., Trinder, T.J. and Porter, S., 2010. Realistic Evaluation of Early Warning Systems and the Acute Life-threatening Events - Recognition and Treatment training course for early recognition and management of deteriorating ward-based patients: Research protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66 (4), 923-932.
  • Porter, S., 2010. Review: A potent mix: Older people, transitions, practice development and research. Journal of Research in Nursing, 15 (2), 115-116.
  • O'halloran, P., Porter, S. and Blackwood, B., 2010. Evidence based practice and its critics: What is a nurse manager to do? Journal of Nursing Management, 18 (1), 90-95.
  • Porter, S., 2010. Fundamental patterns of knowing in nursing: The challenge of evidence-based practice. Advances in Nursing Science, 33 (1), 3-14.
  • Porter, S. and Kelly, C., 2009. Bronzino's 'Allegory of Venus and Cupid': An exemplary image for contemporary sexual health promotion? International Journal of STD and AIDS, 20 (10), 726-731.
  • Porter, S. and Shortall, S., 2009. Stakeholders and perspectivism in qualitative policy evaluation: A realist reflection. Public Administration, 87 (2), 259-273.
  • Porter, S. and O'Halloran, P., 2009. The postmodernist war on evidence-based practice. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 46 (5), 740-748.
  • Porter, S., 2009. On the antiquity of evidence-based midwifery and its discontents. Evidence Based Midwifery, 7 (1), 3.
  • Porter, S., 2008. Nursing research and the cults of phenomenology. Journal of Research in Nursing, 13 (4), 267-268.
  • Crozier, K., Sinclair, M., George Kernohan, W. and Porter, S., 2007. The development of a theoretical model of midwifery competence in birth technology. Evidence Based Midwifery, 5 (4), 119-124.
  • Porter, S., Crozier, K., Sinclair, M. and Kernohan, W.G., 2007. New midwifery? A qualitative analysis of midwives' decision-making strategies. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 60 (5), 525-534.
  • Porter, S., 2007. Validity, trustworthiness and rigour: Reasserting realism in qualitative research. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 60 (1), 79-86.
  • Crazier, K., Sinclair, M., Kernohan, G.W. and Porter, S., 2007. Ethnography of technological competence in clinical midwifery practice. Evidence Based Midwifery, 5 (2), 59-65.
  • Crozier, K., Sinclair, M., Kernohan, W.G. and Porter, S., 2006. Birth technology competence: a concept analysis. Evidence Based Midwifery, 4 (3), 59-65.
  • Tovey, M., Porter, S. and Newman, R., 2003. Sketching, concept development and automotive design. Design Studies, 24 (2), 135-153.
  • Porter, S., 2001. Nightingale’s realist philosophy of science. Nursing Philosophy, 2 (1), 14-25.
  • O'Hearn, D., Porter, S. and Harpur, A., 1999. Turning Agreement to Process: Republicanism and Change in Ireland. Capital and Class, 69 (3), 7-26.
  • Porter, S., 1998. Confronting famine: the case of the Irish Great Hunger. Nursing inquiry, 5 (2), 112-116.
  • Porter, S., 1997. The patient and power: Sociological perspectives on the consequences of holistic care. Health and Social Care in the Community, 5 (1), 17-20.
  • Porter, S., 1997. Sociology and the nursing curriculum: a further comment. Journal of advanced nursing, 26 (1), 214-218.
  • Porter, S. and Campbell, R., 1997. Feminist theory and the sociology of childbirth: a response to Ellen Annandale and Judith Clark. Sociology of Health and Illness, 19 (3), 348-358.
  • Porter, S., 1997. Hubris or Humanism? A Reply to Susan White. Sociology, 31 (3), 573-575.
  • Cheek, J. and Porter, S., 1997. Reviewing Foucault: Possibilities and problems for nursing and health care. Nursing Inquiry, 4 (2), 108-119.
  • Porter, S. and Ryan, S., 1996. Breaking the boundaries between nursing and sociology: A critical realist ethnography of the theory-practice gap. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 24 (2), 413-420.
  • Porter, S., 1996. Real bodies, real needs: a critique of the application of Foucault’s philosophy to nursing. Social Sciences in Health, 2 (4), 218-227.
  • Porter, S., 1996. Why teach sociology? A contribution to the debate. Nurse Education Today, 16 (3), 170-174.
  • Porter, S., 1996. Men researching women working. Nursing Outlook, 44 (1), 22-26.
  • Porter, S., 1996. Contra-Foucault: Soldiers, nurses and power. Sociology, 30 (1), 59-78.
  • Porter, S., 1995. Northern nursing: the limits of idealism. Irish Journal of Sociology, 5, 22-42.
  • Porter, S. and O'Hearn, D., 1995. New left Podsnappery: the British left and Ireland. New Left Review, 212, 131-147.
  • Porter, S., 1995. Sociology and the nursing curriculum: a defence. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 21 (6), 1130-1135.
  • Ryan, S. and Porter, S., 1994. Reply. Nursing Outlook, 42 (5), 244-246.
  • Ryan, S. and Porter, S., 1994. Reply. Nursing Outlook, 42 (5), 247.
  • Porter, S., 1994. New nursing: the road to freedom? Journal of Advanced Nursing, 20 (2), 269-274.
  • Porter, S., 1993. Changing influence of occupational sociology. British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing), 2 (22), 1113-1118.
  • Ryan, S. and Porter, S., 1993. Men in nursing: a cautionary comparative critique. Nursing Outlook, 41 (6), 262-267.
  • Porter, S., 1993. Unhealthy surveillance: Investigating public health in South Armagh. Critical Public Health, 4 (2), 9-16.
  • Porter, S., 1993. The determinants of psychiatric nursing practice: a comparison of sociological perspectives. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 18 (10), 1559-1566.
  • Porter, S., 1993. Nursing research conventions: objectivity or obfuscation? Journal of Advanced Nursing, 18 (1), 137-143.
  • Porter, S., 1992. Institutional restraints upon education reforms: the case of mental health nursing. Nurse Education Today, 12 (6), 452-457.
  • Porter, S., 1992. The poverty of professionalization: a critical analysis of strategies for the occupational advancement of nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 17 (6), 720-726.
  • Porter, S., 1992. Women in a women's job: the gendered experience of nurses. Sociology of Health & Illness, 14 (4), 510-527.
  • Porter, S., 1991. A participant observation study of power relations between nurses and doctors in a general hospital. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 16 (6), 728-735.
  • Porter, S., 1990. Management. Vain aspirations. Nursing times, 86 (11), 46-47.
  • Porter, S., 1988. Siding with the system. Nursing times, 84 (41), 30-31.

Books

Chapters

  • Porter, S., 2016. Critical realism: a social theory for evidence-based nursing. In: Lipscomb, M., ed. Social Theory and Nursing. London: Routledge, 76-90.
  • Crozier, K., Sinclair, M., Kernohan, W.G. and Porter, S., 2011. Developing a model of birth technology competence using concept development. In: Bryar, R. and Sinclair, M., eds. Theory for Midwifery Practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Porter, 2003. Realism. In: Millar, R. and Brewer, J., eds. A to Z of Social Research. London: Sage.
  • Millar, R., Brewer, J. and Porter, 2003. Empiricism and abstracted empiricism. A to Z of Social Research. London: Sage.
  • Porter, S., 2003. Critical theory. In: Millar, R. and Brewer, J., eds. A to Z of Social Research. London: Sage.
  • Porter, S., 2002. Critical realist ethnography. In: May, T., ed. Qualitative Research in Action. London: Sage.
  • Porter, S., 2001. Women in a women’s job: the gendered experience of nurses. Medical Sociology. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall.
  • Porter, S., 2000. Critical realist ethnography: the case of racism and professionalism in a medical setting. In: Ackroyd, S. and Fleetwood, S., eds. Realist Perspectives on Management and Organisations. London: Routledge.
  • Porter, S., 2000. Qualitative analysis. In: Cormack, D., ed. The Research Process in Nursing. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Porter, S., 2000. Qualitative research. In: Cormack, D., ed. The Research Process in Nursing. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Carter, D. and Porter, S., 2000. Validity and reliability. In: Cormack, D., ed. The Research Process in Nursing. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Porter, S. and Carter, D., 2000. Common terms and concepts in research. In: Cormack, D., ed. The Research Process in Nursing. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Porter, S., 1999. Working with doctors. In: Wilkinson, G. and Miers, M., eds. Power and Nursing Practice. London: Macmillan.
  • Porter, S., 1999. Qualitative research. In: Treacy, M. and Hyde, A., eds. Nursing Research: Design and Practice. Dublin: University College Dublin Press.
  • Porter, S., 1998. Women in a women’s job: the gendered experience of nurses. In: Cockerham, W., Glasser, M. and Heuser, L., eds. Readings in Medical Sociology. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall.
  • Porter, S., 1998. The social interpretation of deviance. In: Birchenall, P. and Birchenall, M., eds. Sociology and Social Policy for Nurses. London: Balliere Tindall.
  • Porter, S. and Moore, R., 1998. Poverty in healthcare. In: Birchenall, P. and Birchnall, M., eds. Sociology and Social Policy for Nurses. London: Balliere Tindall.
  • Porter, S., 1997. Why should nurses bother with sociology? In: Cleary, A. and Treacy, M., eds. Readings in Sociology of Health and Illness in Ireland. Dublin: University College Dublin Press.
  • Porter, S., 1996. Qualitative analysis. In: Cormack, D., ed. The Research Process in Nursing. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Porter, S., 1996. Qualitative research. The Research Process in Nursing. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Porter, S., 1995. Women in a women’s job: the gendered experience of nurses. In: Cockerham, W., ed. The Sociology of Medicine. Aldershot: Elgar Reference.

Conferences

  • Head, M., Porter, S. and Toon, D., 2010. Delivering pleasure: The personalisation of running shoes.
  • Chhibber, S., Porter, S., Porter, M. and Healey, L., 2006. What makes you tick: An investigation of the pleasure needs of different population segments.
  • Mason, J. and Porter, S., 2006. Sculptors and architects: Can they facilitate the design process?

Posters

  • Moffat, E.R.G., Hudson, P., Porter, S. and Santin, O., 2017. Supporting caregivers in cancer survivorship: What do professionals know and how can we apply this to practice? Preliminary findings from a qualitative study.

Grants

  • An exploration of clinician's perceptions of cancer cachexia and its care (Queen's University Belfast, 30 Jun 2016). In Progress
  • An Exploration of the Experience and Impact of Providing End of Life Care in a Children’s Hospice. (Northern Ireland Hospice, 01 Jun 2016). Completed
  • Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Music Therapy in Improving Quality of Life in Palliative Care: a pilot study. (Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland, 01 Apr 2016). In Progress
  • Researcher Link Workshop to Develop Technological Interventions to Support Mothers in the First Year Following Birth in Brazil (British Council, 23 Mar 2016). In Progress

Qualifications

  • PhD in Medical Sociology (Queen's University Belfast, 1994)
  • BSSc in Sociology and Social Administration (Queen's University Belfast, 1990)
  • Registered Nurse in Adult Nursing (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 1983)

Memberships

  • Journal of Research in Nursing Editorial Board, Member (2020-),
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