Dr Slavica Kochovska PhD, MA, BA (Hons) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC), at IMPACCT (Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation), Univerity of Technology Sydney. Her research program focuses on improving the science of informed consent in palliative care and developing novel methods to improve the quality of communication in clinical settings. A linguist by background, Dr Kochovska has extensive experience in conducting systematic reviews and commissioned reports to build the evidence base, policy and practice in the service provision of palliative, cancer and delirium care. She has experience in healthcare project management, quality improvement and implementation science. Her resarch interests include health literacy in palliative care and consumer involvement in health research. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Highest Honours) (University of Auckland, NZ, 1998), Masters in Linguistics (First Class Honours) (University of Auckalnd, NZ, 2000) and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Linguistics (Rutgers University, USA, 2010).
- ERASMUS Staff Mobility Grant, The European Commission, 2011.
- AdFutura International Mobility Grant, Development and Scholarship Fund, Slovenia, 2008-2009.
- Rutgers University Excellence Fellowship, The Graduate School-New Brunswick, Rutgers University, 2002-2004.
- Faculty of Arts Masters Scholarship, Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland, 1998-2000.
- Senior Scholarship in Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, University of Auckland, 1998.
- Senior Scholarship in Russian, Department of Russian and Slavic Languages, University of Auckand, 1997.
- Polish Studies Trust Prize, Department of Russian and Slavic Languages, University of Auckand, 1997.
- Annual Prize in Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, Universtiy of Auckland, 1996.
- Palliative care
- Chronic breathlessness
- Informed consent in clinical research
- Linguistics and health communication
- Health literacy in palliative care
- Palliative care
- Research methods
Kochovska, S., Luckett, T., Agar, M. & Phillips, J.L. 2018, 'Impacts on employment, finances, and lifestyle for working age people facing an expected premature death: A systematic review.', Palliative and Supportive Care, pp. 1-13.View/Download from: Publisher's site
The working ages (25-65 years) are a period when most people have significant work, financial, and family responsibilities. A small proportion of working age people will face an expected premature death from cancer or other life-limiting illness. Understanding the impact an expected premature death has on this population is important for informing support. The current study set out to summarize research describing the effects that facing an expected premature death has on employment, financial, and lifestyle of working age people and their families.A systematic review using narrative synthesis approach. Four electronic databases were searched in July 2016 for peer-reviewed, English language studies focusing on the financial, employment, and lifestyle concerns of working age adults living with an advanced life-limiting illness and/or their carers and/or children.Fifteen quantitative and 12 qualitative studies were included. Two-thirds (n = 18) were focused on cancer. All studies identified adverse effects on workforce participation, finances, and lifestyle. Many patients were forced to work less or give up work/retire early because of symptoms and reduced functioning. In addition to treatment costs, patients and families were also faced with child care, travel, and home/car modification costs. Being younger was associated with greater employment and financial burden, whereas having children was associated with lower functional well-being. Changes in family roles were identified as challenging regardless of diagnosis, whereas maintaining normalcy and creating stability was seen as a priority by parents with advanced cancer. This review is limited by the smaller number of studies focussing on the needs of working age people with nonmalignant disease. Significance of results Working age people facing an expected premature death and their families have significant unmet financial, employment, and lifestyle needs. Comparing and contrasting their severity, timing, and p...
This squib investigates the distribution of clitics with direct object DPs in Macedonian. In particular, it aims to explain the co-occurrence restrictions on clitics with IP-internal DPs, i.e., DPs in pre- and postverbal position. The occurrence of the clitics with such DPs is linked to their feature specification for strength, where strength is defined as in Barwise - Cooper (1981). The analysis is then extended to DPs in clause-initial positions, i.e., DPs at the left periphery. It is shown that the overall behavior of DPs with respect to clitic doubling prompts a novel, three-way distinction of the DPs in Macedonian as [+strong], [-strong] and unspecified for strength.
DiGiacomo, M., Kochovska, S., Cahill, P., Virdun, C. & Phillips, J. 2018, 'Family-focused care span' in MacLeod, R. & Van den Block, L. (eds), Textbook of Palliative Care, Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018.View/Download from: Publisher's site
A family-focused care approach in palliative
care recognizes the fundamental role of families
in contributing to the care of people with
life-limiting conditions. It is essential that
healthcare providers develop understanding
of families' needs and the skills to collaborate
effectively with families caring for people at
the end of their lives. This chapter introduces
the concept and components of family-focused
palliative care. It continues with a discussion
of what patients and families perceive to be
the most important aspects of end-of-life care.
This chapter provides information to assist
healthcare providers who work with people
with life-limiting conditions and their families
in providing family-focused care and to
identify gaps and challenges to providing