Dr Megan Best

C39Z - The Lifehouse
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Dr Megan Best has a background of clinical experience in Palliative Medicine. She has worked as a researcher with the Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) since 2011. Her main research focus has been existential stress at the end of life and how cancer patients cope with healthcare crises.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Cancer patients experience of uncertainty in regards to genomic testing Nicci BARTLEY

Current projects

Psychological, behavioural and ethical issues in genomic screening for cancer: two longitudinal studies.

1. Whole genome screening in probands and blood relatives in cancer risk families.

2. Tumour genomic profiling in patients with advanced cancer.

Clinician views on returning genomic resultsto cancer patients.

Investigating barriers and facilitators to discussing genetic/genomic testing for people receiving palliative care.

Conversation analysis of spirituality conversations in medical consultations.

Selected grants

2017

  • Overcoming psychosocial and ethical issues in cancer genomics: Translating test results into behavioural change; Best M; Cancer Institute NSW/Early Career Fellowship.
  • Cancer genomics; Psychosocial, behavioural and ethical issues and outcomes, two inter-related longitudinal studies; Butow P, Newson A, Best M, Meiser B, Juraskova I, Goldstein D, Tucker K, Ballinger M, Gatto D, Schlub T; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2012

  • Review and Update of Psychosocial Clinical Practice Guidelines; Butow P, Olver I, Price M, Vardy J, Dhillon H, Thewes B, Best M, Peate M; Cancer Australia/Tender: Systematic reviews to support clinical practice guidelines.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Best, M. (2013). A life already started. Sydney: Christian Education Publications.

Journals

  • Smit, A., Newson, A., Keogh, L., Best, M., Dunlop, K., Vuong, K., Kirk, J., Butow, P., Trevena, L., Cust, A. (2019). GP attitudes to and expectations for providing personal genomic risk information to the public: a qualitative study. BJGP Open, 3(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Best, M., McArdle, M., Huang, Y., Clayton, J., Butow, P. (2019). How and how much is spirituality discussed in palliative care consultations for advanced cancer patients with and without a question prompt list? Patient Education and Counseling. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Bartley, N., Jacobs, C., Juraskova, I., Goldstein, D., Newson, A., Savard, J., Meiser, B., Ballinger, M., Napier, C., Butow, P., et al (2019). Patient perspectives on molecular tumor profiling: "Why wouldn't you?". BMC Cancer, 19(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Yanes, T., Willis, A., Meiser, B., Tucker, K., Best, M. (2019). Psychosocial and behavioral outcomes of genomic testing in cancer: a systematic review. European Journal of Human Genetics, 27(1), 28-35. [More Information]
  • Thavaneswaran, S., Sebastian, L., Ballinger, M., Best, M., Hess, D., Lee, C., Sjoquist, K., Hague, W., Butow, P., Simes, R., et al (2018). Cancer Molecular Screening and Therapeutics (MoST): a framework for multiple, parallel signal-seeking studies of targeted therapies for rare and neglected cancers. Medical Journal of Australia, 209(8), 354.e1-354.e6. [More Information]
  • Thomas, H., Mitchell, G., Rich, J., Best, M. (2018). Definition of whole person care in general practice in the English language literature: A systematic review. BMJ Open, 8(12), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Smit, A., Newson, A., Best, M., Badcock, C., Butow, P., Kirk, J., Dunlop, K., Fenton, G., Cust, A. (2018). Distress, uncertainty, and positive experiences associated with receiving information on personal genomic risk of melanoma. European Journal of Human Genetics, 26, 1094-1100. [More Information]
  • Morrow, A., Jacobs, C., Best, M., Greening, S., Tucker, K. (2018). Genetics in palliative oncology: a missing agenda? A review of the literature and future directions. Supportive Care in Cancer, 26(3), 721-730. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Tang, E., Buhagiar, M., Agar, M. (2018). Lower-limb oedema at the end of life: how common is it? Journal of Lymphoedema, 13(1), 20-23.
  • Best, M. (2018). The dilemma of prenatal screening. Ethics and Medicine, 34(2), 113-123.
  • Best, M., Newson, A., Meiser, B., Juraskova, I., Goldstein, D., Tucker, K., Ballinger, M., Hess, D., Schlub, T., Biesecker, B., Savard, J., Butow, P., et al (2018). The PiGeOn project: protocol for a longitudinal study examining psychosocial, behavioural and ethical issues and outcomes in cancer tumour genomic profiling. BMC Cancer, 18(1), 389. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Newson, A., Meiser, B., Juraskova, I., Goldstein, D., Tucker, K., Ballinger, M., Hess, D., Schlub, T., Biesecker, B., Savard, J., Butow, P., et al (2018). The PiGeOn project: protocol of a longitudinal study examining psychosocial and ethical issues and outcomes in germline genomic sequencing for cancer. BMC Cancer, 18(1), 454. [More Information]
  • Best, M. (2017). Assisted Dying Laws: Is suffering still the main problem? CASE Quarterly, 49.
  • Best, M. (2016). A good death. Zadok Perspectives, 131, 9-11.
  • Best, M., Butow, P., Olver, I. (2016). Creating a safe space: A qualitative inquiry into the way doctors discuss spirituality. Palliative and Supportive Care, 14(5), 519-531. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Butow, P., Olver, I. (2016). Doctors discussing religion and spirituality: A systematic literature review. Palliative Medicine, 30(4), 327-337. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Butow, P., Olver, I. (2016). Palliative care specialists' beliefs about spiritual care. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(8), 3295-3306. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Butow, P., Olver, I. (2016). Why do We Find It so Hard to Discuss Spirituality? A Qualitative Exploration of Attitudinal Barriers. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 5(9), 77. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Aldridge, L., Butow, P., Olver, I., Price, M., Webster, F. (2015). Assessment of spiritual suffering in the cancer context: A systematic literature review. Palliative and Supportive Care, 13(5), 1335-1361. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Aldridge, L., Butow, P., Olver, I., Webster, F. (2015). Conceptual analysis of suffering in cancer: a systematic review. Psycho-Oncology, 24, 977-986. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Butow, P., Olver, I. (2015). Do patients want doctors to talk about spirituality? A systematic literature review. Patient Education and Counseling, 98(11), 1320-1328. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Aldridge, L., Butow, P., Olver, I., Price, M., Webster, F. (2015). Treatment of holistic suffering in cancer: A systematic literature review. Palliative Medicine, 29(10), 885-898. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Butow, P., Olver, I. (2014). Spiritual support of cancer patients and the role of the doctor. Supportive Care in Cancer, 22, 1333-1339. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Butow, P., Olver, I. (2014). The doctor's role in helping dying patients with cancer achieve peace: A qualitative study. Palliative Medicine, 28(9), 1139-1145. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Butow, P., Olver, I. (2013). Spiritual needs of patients and the role of doctors in meeting them. Psycho-Oncology, 22(Suppl.3), 120.
  • Aldridge, L., Best, M., Butow, P., Price, M., Zorbas, H., Webster, F., Olver, I. (2013). Suffering in Cancer - Conceptualization, Assessment and Interventions. A Systematic Literature Review. Psycho-Oncology, 22(Suppl.3), 121.

2019

  • Smit, A., Newson, A., Keogh, L., Best, M., Dunlop, K., Vuong, K., Kirk, J., Butow, P., Trevena, L., Cust, A. (2019). GP attitudes to and expectations for providing personal genomic risk information to the public: a qualitative study. BJGP Open, 3(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Best, M., McArdle, M., Huang, Y., Clayton, J., Butow, P. (2019). How and how much is spirituality discussed in palliative care consultations for advanced cancer patients with and without a question prompt list? Patient Education and Counseling. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Bartley, N., Jacobs, C., Juraskova, I., Goldstein, D., Newson, A., Savard, J., Meiser, B., Ballinger, M., Napier, C., Butow, P., et al (2019). Patient perspectives on molecular tumor profiling: "Why wouldn't you?". BMC Cancer, 19(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Yanes, T., Willis, A., Meiser, B., Tucker, K., Best, M. (2019). Psychosocial and behavioral outcomes of genomic testing in cancer: a systematic review. European Journal of Human Genetics, 27(1), 28-35. [More Information]

2018

  • Thavaneswaran, S., Sebastian, L., Ballinger, M., Best, M., Hess, D., Lee, C., Sjoquist, K., Hague, W., Butow, P., Simes, R., et al (2018). Cancer Molecular Screening and Therapeutics (MoST): a framework for multiple, parallel signal-seeking studies of targeted therapies for rare and neglected cancers. Medical Journal of Australia, 209(8), 354.e1-354.e6. [More Information]
  • Thomas, H., Mitchell, G., Rich, J., Best, M. (2018). Definition of whole person care in general practice in the English language literature: A systematic review. BMJ Open, 8(12), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Smit, A., Newson, A., Best, M., Badcock, C., Butow, P., Kirk, J., Dunlop, K., Fenton, G., Cust, A. (2018). Distress, uncertainty, and positive experiences associated with receiving information on personal genomic risk of melanoma. European Journal of Human Genetics, 26, 1094-1100. [More Information]
  • Morrow, A., Jacobs, C., Best, M., Greening, S., Tucker, K. (2018). Genetics in palliative oncology: a missing agenda? A review of the literature and future directions. Supportive Care in Cancer, 26(3), 721-730. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Tang, E., Buhagiar, M., Agar, M. (2018). Lower-limb oedema at the end of life: how common is it? Journal of Lymphoedema, 13(1), 20-23.
  • Best, M. (2018). The dilemma of prenatal screening. Ethics and Medicine, 34(2), 113-123.
  • Best, M., Newson, A., Meiser, B., Juraskova, I., Goldstein, D., Tucker, K., Ballinger, M., Hess, D., Schlub, T., Biesecker, B., Savard, J., Butow, P., et al (2018). The PiGeOn project: protocol for a longitudinal study examining psychosocial, behavioural and ethical issues and outcomes in cancer tumour genomic profiling. BMC Cancer, 18(1), 389. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Newson, A., Meiser, B., Juraskova, I., Goldstein, D., Tucker, K., Ballinger, M., Hess, D., Schlub, T., Biesecker, B., Savard, J., Butow, P., et al (2018). The PiGeOn project: protocol of a longitudinal study examining psychosocial and ethical issues and outcomes in germline genomic sequencing for cancer. BMC Cancer, 18(1), 454. [More Information]

2017

  • Best, M. (2017). Assisted Dying Laws: Is suffering still the main problem? CASE Quarterly, 49.

2016

  • Best, M. (2016). A good death. Zadok Perspectives, 131, 9-11.
  • Best, M., Butow, P., Olver, I. (2016). Creating a safe space: A qualitative inquiry into the way doctors discuss spirituality. Palliative and Supportive Care, 14(5), 519-531. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Butow, P., Olver, I. (2016). Doctors discussing religion and spirituality: A systematic literature review. Palliative Medicine, 30(4), 327-337. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Butow, P., Olver, I. (2016). Palliative care specialists' beliefs about spiritual care. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(8), 3295-3306. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Butow, P., Olver, I. (2016). Why do We Find It so Hard to Discuss Spirituality? A Qualitative Exploration of Attitudinal Barriers. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 5(9), 77. [More Information]

2015

  • Best, M., Aldridge, L., Butow, P., Olver, I., Price, M., Webster, F. (2015). Assessment of spiritual suffering in the cancer context: A systematic literature review. Palliative and Supportive Care, 13(5), 1335-1361. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Aldridge, L., Butow, P., Olver, I., Webster, F. (2015). Conceptual analysis of suffering in cancer: a systematic review. Psycho-Oncology, 24, 977-986. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Butow, P., Olver, I. (2015). Do patients want doctors to talk about spirituality? A systematic literature review. Patient Education and Counseling, 98(11), 1320-1328. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Aldridge, L., Butow, P., Olver, I., Price, M., Webster, F. (2015). Treatment of holistic suffering in cancer: A systematic literature review. Palliative Medicine, 29(10), 885-898. [More Information]

2014

  • Best, M., Butow, P., Olver, I. (2014). Spiritual support of cancer patients and the role of the doctor. Supportive Care in Cancer, 22, 1333-1339. [More Information]
  • Best, M., Butow, P., Olver, I. (2014). The doctor's role in helping dying patients with cancer achieve peace: A qualitative study. Palliative Medicine, 28(9), 1139-1145. [More Information]

2013

  • Best, M. (2013). A life already started. Sydney: Christian Education Publications.
  • Best, M., Butow, P., Olver, I. (2013). Spiritual needs of patients and the role of doctors in meeting them. Psycho-Oncology, 22(Suppl.3), 120.
  • Aldridge, L., Best, M., Butow, P., Price, M., Zorbas, H., Webster, F., Olver, I. (2013). Suffering in Cancer - Conceptualization, Assessment and Interventions. A Systematic Literature Review. Psycho-Oncology, 22(Suppl.3), 121.

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