Debra Howell
Health Services Researcher



  • Registered General Nurse 1985-1996.
  • Trained in environmental management at University of Northumbria (1993-96) at Newcastle and anthropology at Durham University (1997-1999).
  • Socio-economic researcher (1997-1999).
  • Health Services Research at the University of Leeds (1999) then the University of York (2004).



Health Services research in the field of haematological malignancies (, specifically:

  • Help seeking behaviour
  • Symptom profiles and referral patterns
  • Patient pathways from onset of illness to diagnosis onwards
  • Transitions from life-prolonging to palliative care
  • End-of-life care and place of death
  • Policy


Debra would be interested in acting as a co-supervisor for PhDs in the following areas: patient pathway, including help-seeking behaviour, symptom profiles, routes–to-diagnosis and palliative or end-of-life care.


Full publications list

External activities


  • HMRN Patient Partnership Committee
  • Palliative Care and Haematological Malignancy Steering Group Committee

Media coverage


Contact details

Dr Debra Howell
Health Services Researcher

Tel: 01904 32(1895)