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A patient's journey

Professor Kieran Sweeney was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma at the age of 57 and died at home with his family on Christmas Eve 2009.

Kieran kindly agreed to be filmed and interviewed by Tom Lewis on his experience of care and interactions with healthcare professionals to illustrate the educational material provided by LeAD.

The footage available here is an extract of the filming and reflects the thoughts and experiences Kieran shared in an article he wrote for the BMJ. He died six weeks after this film was recorded.

Sweeney K, Toy L, Cornwell J. A patient's journey: Mesothelioma. BMJ 2009; 339:b2862 doi 10.1136/BMJ.b2862

Obituaries: Kieran Sweeney, Published 8 February 2010, doi:10.1136/bmj.c733 BMJ 2010;340:c733

e-Learning for Healthcare is very grateful to Kieran and his family for their immense generosity and commitment to the development of clinical leadership.


Further extracts from Kieran's interview together with contributions from other people with first hand patient experience are being brought together in a number of online articles on compassion, teamwork and change. These articles can be used as an educational resource to help explore clinical leadership and service enhancement and deliver improved quality of care for patients. 



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