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Dr Lesley Batten Dip Nsg, BA Soc Sci, MA Nursing, PhD Development Studies

Senior Research Officer

College of Health

I am a health researcher currently working on a number of funded research projects related to culturally appropriate palliative and end of life care, cancer care and clinical decision making, and health promotion in chronic condition management. My research is collaborative with researchers from other universities, research organisations, and health services and clinicians. It has a strong translational component to integrate findings in clinical practice and to reduce health inequities. I have a strong interest in applied ethics in health research and I am a member of one of the university's human ethics committees. I am also a member of a number of working parties with organisations such as the MidCentral District Health Board and the Cancer Society. I supervise health and nursing postgraduate and doctoral research.

I am a Senior Research Officer working with the Research Centre for Māori Health and Development on the Turitea campus. Building on a clinical nursing career in New Zealand and Botswana, I completed a BA and MA in Nursing and then a PhD in Development Studies. I have worked at Massey University since 1996, initially lecturing in nursing and health studies and supervising postgraduate health research. Clinical networks and partnerships underpin my current research into palliative care, cancer care and health promotion.

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Professional

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Nursing - Wellington Polytechnic (1980)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Massey University (1993)
  • Master of Arts (Nursing) - Massey University (1995)
  • PhD (Development Studies) - Massey University (2009)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  • Health research
  • Reducing inequities
  • Translational research
  • Palliative care
  • Patient experiences
  • Health promotion
  • Primary health care
  • Case study
  • Mixed method designs
  • Qualitative methodologies

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Health Promotion (111712): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Nursing (111000): Primary Health Care (111717): Public Health and Health Services (111700)

Keywords

Translational health research

Qualitative methodologies

Mixed method designs

Case study

Health promotion

Primary health care

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 2

Completed Projects

Project Title: Culturally appropriate end of life care for Maori

Within New Zealand, the need has been identified for the delivery of innovative, coordinated, efficient and more effective palliative care for all population groups, and specifically for Maori. The Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP), an internationally adopted, multi-setting, evidence-based, integrated care tool for planning, decision-making, and documenting health care, is now widely used throughout New Zealand. During its introduction here, 'cultural goals' of care were added to localise the tool within this cultural context. This tri-phase, mixed method, three-year study aims to investigate those cultural goals, examining - specifically in relation to Maori - how those goals were developed, and what their effects on care provision have been. Based on those findings, work will be undertaken with Maori communities to transform the New Zealand version of the LCP into a tool to best facilitate culturally appropriate end-of-life care for Maori.
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Date Range: 2011 - 2014

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Project Team:

Project Title: EGFR testing for Maori patients with non-small-cell lung cancer

The research objective is to investigate the feasibility of testing Maori patients with non-small-cell lung cancer for somatic Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) alterations. Qualitative semi-structured interviews will be undertaken with lung cancer patients and whanau to explore acceptable practices related to: consent and management of biopsy samples; biopsy use for research and/or therapeutic benefit; the challenges associated with hospital-based chemotherapy; and the potential issues of home-based, self-administered therapy. In addition, a survey of physicians and pathologists involved in managing lung cancer investigating the feasibility of EGFR testing will be combined with a cost study of EGFR testing in New Zealand. Maori lung cancer patients may have tumours with altered genetic receptors that may respond more readily to oral targeted therapy (currently un-funded), instead of intravenous chemotherapy. Targeted therapies have fewer side effects, are self-administered at home, and are potentially more effective in improving quality of life and prolonging survival.
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Date Range: 2010 - 2011

Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Journal

Batten, LS., & Bland, M. (2017). Skin tear rates: A quality of care indicator. Nursing Review. , 13-17 Retrieved from http://nursingreview.co.nz/skin-tear-rates-a-quality-of-care-indicator/
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L.
Gifford, H., Cvitanovic, L., Boulton, A., & Batten, L. (2017). Constructing prevention programmes with a Māori health service provider view. Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online. , 1-14
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L.Contributed to by: Batten, L.
Batten, L., & Minton, C. (2017). Appeared to sleep well: How much sleep has your patient had and why does it matter. Nursing Review. (4), 15-19
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L., Minton, C.
Bland, M., & Batten, L. (2016). When we are all lost for words: Nursing individuals with aphasia. Nursing Review. june/july, 1-4
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L.Contributed to by: Batten, L.
Minton, C., & Batten, LS. (2016). Rethinking the intensive care environment: Considering nature in nursing practice.. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 25, 269-277
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L.Contributed to by: Batten, L.
Minton, CM. (2016). Rethinking the intensive care environment: considering nature in nursing practice. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 25, 269-277
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L., Minton, C.
Batten, LS., & Bland, M. (2015). Enhancing pain management in aged residential care. Nursing Review.
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, LS., & Bland, M. (2015). Enhancing pain management in aged residential care. INsite. June
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, LS., & Bland, M. (2015). Hospital visitors: Visiting in our hospital or are we visiting in their lives?. Nursing Review. , 1-4
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L.
Stairmand, J., Signal, L., Sarfati, D., Jackson, C., Batten, L., Holdaway, M., . . . Cunningham, C. (2015). Consideration of comorbidity in treatment decision making in multidisciplinary cancer team meetings: A systematic review. Annals of Oncology. 26(7), 1325-1332
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L., Cunningham, C., Holdaway, M.Edited by: Batten, L.
Batten, LS., Batten, L., Bland, M., Holdaway, M., & LCP Research Team, . (2014). "I didn't want that": Assessing individual cultural needs during end-of-life care. Nursing Review. June/July 2014, S1-S4
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Dew, K., Stubbe, M., Signal, L., Stairmand, J., Dennett, E., Koea, J., . . . Holdaway, M. (2015). Cancer care decision making in multidisciplinary meetings. Qualitative Health Research. 25(3), 397-407
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L., Cunningham, C., Ellison-Loschmann, E., Holdaway, M.Contributed to by: Batten, L.
Batten, LS., Winter, HS., Hardie, CL., & Holdaway, MA. (2013). Clinicians' views on introducing epidermal growth factor receptor testing in New Zealand. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. 9(3), 249-256
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, LS., Winter, HS., Hardie, CL., & Holdaway, MA. (2012). Clinicians' views on introducing epidermal growth factor receptor testing in New Zealand. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology.
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Batten, LS., & Dutton, J. (2011). Young tertiary students and help-seeking for health advice. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand. 27(3), 31-42
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, L., & Holdaway, M. (2010). The contradictory effects of timelines on community participation in a health promotion programme. Health Promotion International. , 1-8
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Day, W., & Batten, LS. (2008). Cardiac rehabilitation for women: One size does not fit all. School of Nursing Journal Articles. 2008
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L.
Bland, M., & Batten, LS. (2006). Editorial. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand. 22(2), 2-3
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L.
Day, W., & Batten, LS. (2006). Cardiac rehabilitation for women: One size does not fit all. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. 24(1), 21-26
[Journal article]Authored by: Batten, L.

Thesis

Batten, LS. (2008). Lady, is this civilisation. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University, New Zealand)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Batten, L.

Report

Personal Palliative Care Working Group incl. Batten, L, .(2015). What do we know about people's experiences of palliative care in MidCentral District Health Board? A Working Group report.. Palmerston North: MidCentral District Health Board
[Technical Report]Contributed to by: Batten, L.
Bland, M., Batten, L., Holdaway, M., & LCP Research Team, .(2015). Culturally appropriate end-of-life care for Maori. Technical report for phase 3 translational research. Aged Residential care - Individualising Care Project. Report no. 4. (Report No. 4). Palmerston North: Research Centre for Maori Health and Development, Massey University
[Technical Report]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Batten, L., Chainey, B., Forster, ME., & Pause, C.(2014). Massey's Got Talent: Staff engagement and talent management at Massey University..
[Technical Report]Authored by: Batten, L., Chainey, B., Forster, M., Pause, C.
Batten, LS., Holdaway, M., Allan, S., Clark, J., Marshall, B., Te Oka, D., . . . Randall, C.(2014). Culturally appropriate end-of-life care for Māori: Final Report (HRC 11/027). (Report No. Final Report). Palmerston North: Research Centre for Maori Health and Development, Massey University
[Technical Report]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Batten, L., Holdaway, M., & LCP Research Team, .(2013). Culturally appropriate end-of-life care for Māori. Technical report for phase 1a-extended (A2): Retrospective card audit of Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient documentation (HRC 11/027).. (Report No. 3). Palmerston North: Research Centre for Maori Health and Development, Massey University
[Technical Report]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Batten, L.(2012). Te Hoe Nuku Roa: Best Health for Māori. Nelson Marlborough District Health Board Study. A report for the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board of the pilot study - Use of Emergency Departments in the NMDHB Region. Palmerston North: Research Centre for Maori Health and Development, Massey University
[Technical Report]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, LS., Clark, J., Holdaway, M., & LCP Research Team, .(2011). Culturally appropriate end-of-life care for Maori. Technical report for Phase 1a: Retrospective chart audit of Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient documentation (HRC 11/027). (Report No. Report number 1). Palmerston North: Research Centre for Maori Health and Development
[Technical Report]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, LS., Winter, H., Hardie, C., & Holdaway, MA.(2011). EGFR testing in New Zealand: Getting the Process Right. (Report No. 1). Palmerston North: Research Centre for Maori Health and Development
[Technical Report]Authored by: Batten, L.

Conference

Allan, S., Batten, LS., Holdaway, M., Clark, J., Te Oka, D., Randall, C., . . . Marshall, B. (2014). Culturally appropriate end-of-life care in New Zealand. , The Inaugurl Conference of the International Collaborative for Best Care for the Dying Person
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Batten, LS., Holdaway, M., Bland, M., Clark, J., Allan, S., Marshall, B., . . . Randall, C. (2014, October). What are we talking about when we ask about cultural needs in palliative care?. Presented at NZ Population Health Congress: Connecting communities, policy and science. Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Batten, LS., Holdaway, M., Bland, M., Clark, J., Allan, S., Marshall, B., . . . Randall, C. (2014, October). Whānau and personalising end-of-life care: Translating research for practice. Presented at 21st Hospice New Zealand Palliative Care Conference. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Batten, L., Holdaway, M., Clark, J., Allan, S., Randall, C., Marshall, B., . . . Te Oka, D. (2014). Constraints and enablers for culturally appropriate end-of-life care in New Zealand. Poster session presented at the meeting of 10th Palliative Care Congress. Harrogate, United Kingdom
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, L., Holdaway, M., Clark, J., Allan, S., Randall, C., Marshall, B., . . . Te Oka, D. (2014). Ticking the boxes for cultural care at end-of-life. Poster session presented at the meeting of 10th Palliative Care Congress. Harrogate, United Kingdom
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Batten, L., Holdaway, M., Clark, J., Allan, S., Randall, C., & Marshall, B. (2014). Ticking the boxes for cultural care at end-of-life. In BMJ: Supportive & Palliative Care Vol. 4, Suppli 1 (pp. A47 - A47). , 10th Palliative Care Congress
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, L., Holdaway, M., Clark, J., Allan, S., Randall, C., & Marshall, B. (2014). Constraints and enablers for culturally appropriate end-of-life care in New Zealand. In BMJ: Supportive & Palliative Care Vol. 4, Suppli 1 (pp. A22 - A22). , 10th Palliative Care Congress
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Batten, LS., Winter, H., Hardie, C., & Holdaway, M. (2013). Running to keep up! The timeline of evolving research in EGFR testing and targeted therapies in New Zealand. , 15th World Conference on Lung Cancer
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Batten, L., Koia, M., Winter, H., Hardie, C., & Holdaway, M. (2013, September). Partnerships in public health research: Building on strengths for better outcomes. Presented at Public Health Association of New Zealand Conference 2013. Partnership or collaboration; is there a difference?. New Plymouth.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Batten, L., Koia, M., Winter, H., Hardie, C., & Holdaway, M. (2013). Partnerships in public health research: Building on strengths for better outcomes. Poster session presented at the meeting of Public Health Association of New Zealand Conference 2013. Partnership or collaboration; is there a difference?. New Plymouth
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Purinthrapibal, S., Boddy, J., & Batten, L. (2012). The characteristics of personal social networks of breast cancer patients in southern Thailand: A qualitative care study. Poster session presented at the meeting of IPOS 14th World Congress
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, L., Marshall, B., Holdaway, M., & LCP Research Team, . (2012, November). Collaborating to improve end-of-life care for Māori. Presented at 20th Hospice New Zealand Palliative Care Conference: Community Choice & Collaboration. Auckland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Batten, L., & Holdaway, M. (2012, July). Culturally appropriate end-of-life care for Maori. Presented at Central Cancer Network Educational Forum. Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Winter, H., Batten, L., Hardie, C., & Holdaway, MA. (2011). Clinicians' views on EGFR testing: Getting the process right for New Zealand. Poster session presented at the meeting of 14th World Conference on Lung Cancer
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Winter, H., Batten, L., & Hardie, C.Clinician's views on EGFR [Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor] testing: Getting the process right for New Zealand. Poster session presented at the meeting of 14th World Conference on Lung Cancer. Amsterdam
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Batten, L.
Winter, H., Batten, L., Hardie, G., & Forgeson, G. (2011). Prolonged progression-free survival of over 40 months with Erlotinib in a Maori female with NSCLC. In Journal of Thoracic Oncology: official scientific publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer Vol. 3 (pp. S36 - S37). , Australian Lung Cancer Conference: International Association for the Study of Lung cancer
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, L. (2010, December). Negotiating challenges in targeted health development: The power of indigenous networks. Presented at Making Development Sustainable: Connections learning commitment: Development Network Conference. Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L.
Winter, H., Batten, L., Forgeson, G., & Hardie, C. (2010). Prolonged progression - free survival with Erlotinib in a Maori female with NSCLC. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Lung Cancer Conference. Melbourne, VIC, Australia
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, LS. (2010, July). Challenges to equity approaches: Local experts, local expertise, professional competence, and sustainable health promotion. Presented at 20th International Union for Health Promotion and Education World Conference on Health Promotion. Geneva, Switzerland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, LS. (2010). Challenges to equity approaches: Local experts, local expertise, professional competence and sustainable health promotion. Poster session presented at the meeting of 20th International Union for Health Promotion and Education World Conference on Health Promotion. Geneva, Switzerland
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Batten, L.
Shaw, AG., & Batten, LS. (2009, September). Has public health lost the plot?. Presented at Research and Values The Underpinnings of Public Health Practice. University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, LS. (2009, September). Four seasons in a community garden: The contradictory effects of programme timelines on community participation. Presented at Research and Values The underpinnings of Public Health Practice Conference. University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L.
Pirikau, G., Boulton, AF., & Batten, LS. (2008). Growing a healthy population: findings from the Whanganui grab a bite that's right programme. In Proceedings of the 'What's Happening in Our Backyard?' HEHA Research, Evaluation and Monitoring Conference(pp. 105 - 105). : Ministry of Health
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Batten, L.
Pirikau, G., Boulton, AF., & Batten, LS. (2008). The importance of intersectoral collaboration in primary health care iniatives: lessons from the Whanganui grab a bite that's right programme. In Proceedings of the 'What's Happening in Our Backyard?' HEHA Research, Evaluation and Monitoring Conference: Ministry of Health
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Batten, L.
Hiroti, L., & Batten, LS. (2007). Grab a bite that's right: Nurturing the growth of intersectoral relationships alongside the growth of fruit trees. In National Nutrition and Physical Activity Public Health Conference(pp. 69). : Agencies for Nutrition Action
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Batten, L.
Hiroti, L., & Batten, LS. (2007). Grab a bite that's right: Nurturing the growth of intersectoral relationships alongside the growth of fruit trees. Poster session presented at the meeting of National Nutrition and Physical Activity Public Health Conference. Rotorua, NZ
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, LS. (2006, July). Nailing down a nebula: What is ''community'' in a case study of community participation in health?. Presented at 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Advances in Qualitative Methods. Surfers Paradise, QLD.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, LS. (2006). Nailing down a nebula: What is ''community'' in a case study of community participation in health?. In 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Advances in Qualitative Methods [International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 5(3)](pp. 9). : University of Alberta, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, LS. (2005, November). The challenges of community participation. Presented at New Zealand Nurses Organisation 30th AGM & Conference. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L.

Other

Batten, LS., Bland, M., Holdaway, M., & LCP Research Team, . (2014). Letter to the Editor. (pp. 20 - 20).
[Other]Authored by: Batten, L., Holdaway, M.
Batten, L. (2014, May). Culturally appropriate end-of-life care for Māori. In Last Days of Life Working Group, Ministry of Health, Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, L. (2013, October). what have we learnt about ethnicity documentation & cultural end-of-life care. In Pharmacy & Doctors' Group, Arohanui Hospice, Palmerston North.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, L., & Holdaway, M. (2012, September). Culturally appropriate end-of-life care for Māori. In Palliative Care Advisory Group, Ministry of Health, Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, L. (2012, March). Culturally appropriate end-of-life care in New Zealand - HRC funded research. In Expert Advisory Group, National LCP Office, Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, LS. (2009). Making sense of cabbages, civilisation and community participation in a health development programme in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Presented at Massey University, Geography Building.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L.
Batten, LS. (2005, July). Feedback on the survey regarding features of primary and secondary health care. : MidCentral Primary Health Care Nursing Innovation Clinical Governance Council.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Batten, L.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 0 1
CoSupervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Monica Koia - PhD
    Taku aroha ki nga tai e ngururu e ra: Transforming the Maori health cancer workforce
  • Claire Minton - PhD
    A Multicase Study of a Prolonged Critical Illness in the Intensive Care Unit: Patient, Family and Nurses' Trajectories

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2015 - Shutiwan Purinthrapibal - PhD
    "People who are together with me" Personal Social Networks of Women Living with Breast Cancer in the Lower Southern Region of Thailand

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