Nancy Kentish-Barnes is a sociologist. She completed her PhD thesis in 2005 looking into end-of-life decisions in intensive care as well as the experience of families, doctors and nurses in this context. She now co-leads, with Prof Elie Azoulay, the Famiréa research group in Paris – a multidisciplinary group whose research is focused on family experience in the ICU, post-ICU family burden as well as patients’ and caregivers’ experience.
Nancy's research interests include end-of-life in the ICU (decision-making, ICU culture, family experience, quality of communication, palliative care, and organ donation) and bereavement after a death in the ICU. She has widely published in these areas.
Nancy has been actively involved in the Ethics Committees of the two French Intensive Care Societies (SRLF and SFAR) and has collaborated with the American Society of Critical Care (SCCM) for the Family Centered Guidelines published in 2017.