Mary Potter Hospice undertakes and encourages research to better understand and improve care for those living with a life-limiting illness.

Our research focuses on the physical, social, psychological and spiritual challenges that patients and their loved ones experience.

We are also committed to developing and maintaining research partnerships. This allows researchers from other institutions to study aspects of palliative caring within our institution, as well as providing opportunities for our staff to enhance their research studies through collaboration.

Past and present collaborative efforts have included work with the Cancer Society, Motor Neuron Disease Association, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Massey University, and University of Otago, Wellington.

If you are interested in conducting research, please contact Astrid Adams, Medical Director at outlining your initial research ideas involving Mary Potter Hospice. The Mary Potter Hospice Research Policy can be read here.

If you are interested in donating funds to Mary Potter Hospice specifically for research please contact Sarah Francis on (04) 381 0173 or

Our latest research:
Bolton, L., Loveard, T. & Brander, P. (2016). Carer experiences in inpatient hospice care for patients with dementia, delirium and related cognitive impairment. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 22(8), 396-403.

Bolton, L. & Loveard, T. (2016). Te Kete Marie – The peaceful basket: An initiative for supporting people with dementia or delerium. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 22 (3), 130-136.

Iupati, S.P.M. & Ensor, B.R. (2016). Do Community hospice programmes reduce hospitalisation rate in patients with advanced Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)? Internal Medicine Journal 46 (3), 295–300.

McBain, L., Donnelly, S., Hilder, J., O’Leary, C. & McKinlay, E. (2015). “I wanted to communicate my feelings freely”: A descriptive study of creative responses to enhance reflection in palliative medicine education. Published in BMC Medical Education, 15:180. doi: 10.1186/s12909-015-0465-4.

De Vries, K., Walton, J., Nelson, K. & Knox, R. (2015). An examination of the research priorities for a hospice service in New Zealand: A Delphi study. Journal of Palliative and Supportive Care, 1478-9515/15: 1-9. doi: 10.1017/S1478951515000838 .