Dr Kate Absolom

Kate Absolom

BSc (Hons) Psychology, PhD Psychology

University Academic Fellow

Phone: 0113 2068952

Email: k.l.absolom@leeds.ac.uk

Kate is a University Academic Fellow interested in the quality of life implications of cancer, particularly the collection and utilisation of patient reported data. Since joining the Section of Patient Centred Outcomes Research (PCOR) in Leeds in 2008 Kate has delivered projects investigating the management of emotional distress during cancer and doctor-patient communication in oncology consultations. More recently she has been involved with the development and evaluation of online technology for capturing cancer patients’ self-reported symptom data for use in routine clinical practice.

Previously Kate held a postdoctoral position with the Late Effects Group, Sheffield where she contributed to a number of studies focussed on the impact of cancer on the lives of younger adults. Kate studied psychology at Lancaster University and completed a PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2005. Her doctoral research, funded by Cancer Research UK, explored models of follow-up care for people treated for cancer in childhood.

Research Interests

Quality of life and cancer, collection and utilisation of patient reported outcomes measures in oncology practice, psycho-oncology.


Kate is involved with the MBChB as a personal tutor and contributing to the Research, Evaluation and Special Studies module.

Research Students

Current PhD Co-supervision: Lorraine Warrington, Cecilia Pompili, Kathleen Kane

Past PhD students: Dr Elena Takeuchi

Professional Activities

Kate is the current Chair Elect of the British Psychosocial Oncology Society (BPOS). She is also a member of the International Society of Quality for Life Research (ISOQOL) and will be starting a term as the Co-Chair of the Quality of Life in Clinical Practice Special Interest Group in 2018.


Pompili C, Absolom K, Velikova G, Backhus L. Patients reported outcomes in thoracic surgery. Journal of Thoracic Disease. 2018; 10 (2):703-706.
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Absolom K, Holch P, Amir Z. Introduction to special section on digital technology and cancer survivorship.. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 2017; 11 (6):655-657.
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Young AL, Rowe IA, Absolom K, Jones RL, Downing A, Meader N, Glaser A, Toogood GJ. The effect of Liver Transplantation on the quality of life of the recipient’s main caregiver – a systematic review. Liver International. 2017; 37 (6):794-801.
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Absolom K, Holch P, Warrington L, Samy F, Hulme C, Hewison J, Morris C, Bamforth L, Conner M, Brown J, Velikova G. Electronic patient self-Reporting of adverse-events: Patient information and advice (eRAPID): A randomised controlled trial in systemic cancer treatment. BMC Cancer. 2017; 17 (1):-.
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Holch P, Warrington L, Bamforth LCA, Keding A, Ziegler LE, Absolom K, Hector C, Harley C, Johnson O, Hall G, Morris C, Velikova G. Development of an integrated electronic platform for patient self-report and management of adverse events during cancer treatment. Annals of Oncology. 2017; 28 (9):2305-2311.
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Holch P, Warrington L, Potrata B, Ziegler L, Hector C, Keding A, Harley C, Absolom K, Morris C, Bamforth L, Velikova G. Asking the right questions to get the right answers: using cognitive interviews to review the acceptability, comprehension and clinical meaningfulness of patient self-report adverse event items in oncology patients. Acta Oncologica. 2016; 55 (9-10):1220-1226.
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Taylor S, Harley C, Absolom K, Brown J, Velikova G. Breast Cancer, Sexuality, and Intimacy: Addressing the Unmet Need. Breast Journal. 2016; 22 (4):478-479.
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Santana MJ, Haverman L, Absolom K, Takeuchi E, Feeny D, Grootenhuis M, Velikova G. Training clinicians in how to use patient-reported outcome measures in routine clinical practice. Quality of Life Research. 2015; 24 (7):1707-1718.
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Warrington L, Absolom K, Velikova G. Integrated care pathways for cancer survivors – A role for patient-reported outcome measures and health informatics. Acta Oncologica. 2015; 54 (5):600-608.
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Absolom K, Holch P, Woroncow B, Wright EP, Velikova G. Beyond lip service and box ticking: how effective patient engagement is integral to the development and delivery of patient-reported outcomes. Quality of Life Research. 2015; 24 (5):1077-1085.
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Harley C, Takeuchi E, Taylor S, Keding A, Absolom K, Brown J, Velikova G. A mixed methods approach to adapting health-related quality of life measures for use in routine oncology clinical practice. Quality of Life Research. 2012; 21 (3):389-403.
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Taylor N, Absolom K, Snowden J, Eiser C. Need for psychological follow-up among young adult survivors of childhood cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care. 2012; 21 (1):52-58.

Holch P, Absolom K, Pini S, Hill KM, Liu A, Sharpe M, Richardson A, Hosker C, Velikova G. Oncology professionals’ views on the use of antidepressants in cancer patients: a qualitative interview study. BMJ supportive & palliative care. 2011; 1 (3):301-305.

Arden-Close E, Absolom K, Greenfield DM, Hancock BW, Coleman RE, Eiser C. Gender differences in self-reported late effects, quality of life and satisfaction with clinic in survivors of lymphoma. Psycho-Oncology. 2011; 20 (11):1202-1210.

Michel G, Greenfield D, Absolom K, Eiser C. Satisfaction with follow-up consultations among younger adults treated for cancer: The role of quality of life and psychological variables. Psycho-Oncology. 2011; 20 (8):813-822.

Absolom K, Holch P, Pini S, Hill K, Liu A, Sharpe M, Richardson A, Velikova G. The detection and management of emotional distress in cancer patients: The views of health-care professionals. Psycho-Oncology. 2011; 20 (6):601-608.

Phillips R, Absolom K, Stark D, Glaser A. A simple practical patient-reported clinic satisfaction measure for young adults. British Journal of Cancer. 2010; 103 (10):1485-1488.

Taylor N, Absolom K, Michel G, Urquhart T, Gerrard M, Jenkins A, Lee V, Vora A, Eiser C. Comparison of self-reported late effects with medical records among survivors of childhood cancer. European Journal of Cancer. 2010; 46 (6):1069-1078.

Michel G, Taylor N, Absolom K, Eiser C. Benefit finding in survivors of childhood cancer and their parents: Further empirical support for the Benefit Finding Scale for Children. Child: Care, Health and Development. 2010; 36 (1):123-129.

Greenfield DM, Absolom K, Eiser C, Walters SJ, Michel G, Hancock BW, Snowden JA, Coleman RE. Follow-up care for cancer survivors: The views of clinicians. British Journal of Cancer. 2009; 101 (4):568-574.

Absolom K, Eiser C, Michel G, Walters SJ, Hancock BW, Coleman RE, Snowden JA, Greenfield DM. Follow-up care for cancer survivors: Views of the younger adult. British Journal of Cancer. 2009; 101 (4):561-567.

Michel G, Greenfield DM, Absolom K, Ross RJ, Davies H, Eiser C. Follow-up care after childhood cancer: Survivors’ expectations and preferences for care. European Journal of Cancer. 2009; 45 (9):1616-1623.

Absolom K, Eiser C, Turner L, Ledger W, Ross R, Davies H, Coleman R, Hancock B, Snowden J, Greenfield D. Ovarian failure following cancer treatment: Current management and quality of life. Human Reproduction. 2008; 23 (11):2506-2512.

Absolom K, Greenfield D, Ross R, Davies H, Hancock B, Eiser C. Reassurance following breast screening recall for female survivors of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Breast. 2007; 16 (6):590-596.

Eiser C, Absolom K, Greenfield D, Snowden J, Coleman R, Hancock B, Davies H. Follow-up care for young adult survivors of cancer: Lessons from pediatrics. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 2007; 1 (1):75-86.

Eiser C, Absolom K, Greenfield D, Glaser A, Horne B, Waite H, Urquhart T, Wallace WHB, Ross R, Davies H. Follow-up after childhood cancer: Evaluation of a three-level model. European Journal of Cancer. 2006; 42 (18):3186-3190.

Absolom K, Greenfield D, Ross R, Horne B, Davies H, Glaser A, Simpson A, Waite H, Eiser C. Predictors of clinic satisfaction among adult survivors of childhood cancer. European Journal of Cancer. 2006; 42 (10):1421-1427.

Absolom K, Eiser C, Greco V, Davies H. Health promotion for survivors of childhood cancer: A minimal intervention. Patient Education and Counseling. 2004; 55 (3):379-384.

Absolom K, Takeuchi E, Hall G, Velikova G. Psychological aspects of hereditary and non-hereditary ovarian cancer. Advances in Diagnosis and Management of Ovarian Cancer. 2014. p. 223-239.