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Claire Goodman

University of Hertfordshire

Claire Goodman

Claire is a district nurse by background and a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute and  a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator.

Her research focuses on the health and social care needs of the oldest old, including those affected by dementia and living in long-term care.  for over  15 years she has researched in and with care homes with a particular interest in how they are supported by health care at key stages in the trajectory of living with dementia. She leads the NIHR-funded DACHA study (Developing research resources And minimum data set for Care Homes’ Adoption and use) This study has developed resources for researchers working in and with care homes and a prototype minimum data set that links residents’ data collected by care homes with information held about them in routine health and social care data sets. It has also developed ways of working with activity providers in care homes to involve  residents living in care homes discussing research questions and review of study design and findings.


Countries UK;
Topics Attitudes and Expectations about Long-Term Care; Care in rural and other non-urban settings; Care inequalities; Care innovations; Care integration/ coordination; Care needs poverty and deprivation; Care outcomes; Care trajectories; Co-production in LTC; Community-based LTC; Dementia care and support; Employment education and family carers; End-of-life care and LTC; Epidemiology and ageing trajectories; Evaluation of LTC systems and services; Information and data systems in LTC; Living arrangements; LTC Policy; LTC Reforms; New models of care; Outcome measurement in LTC; Person-centered care; Prevention and rehabilitation and LTC; Primary Health Care; Quality and accreditation for LTC services; Relationship between LTC use and hospital use; Research gaps and priorities in LTC; Residential LTC services; Rights and people’s voices in LTC systems; Social Innovation in LTC; Technology and LTC; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Analysis of administrative data; Case studies; Causal inference in Long-Term Care; Co-production methods; Comparative policy analysis; Creative research methods; Data science and LTC research; Discrete choice analysis; Document analysis; Economic evaluation; Ethnography; Knowledge-exchange; Literature reviews and synthesis; Mixed methods; Policy analysis; Practice-based approaches; Qualitative studies; Quantitative data analysis; Quasi-experimental methods; Questionnaire; Simulation models; Surveys; Systematic Review; Theory and frameworks; Theory of Change; Trials and other evaluations;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Long-Term Care Policy;
Research interests

The interface between health and long-term care

Enabling people living with dementia to live well and at the end of life

Realist methods for evidence synthesis and evaluation

Co-designing interventions useful and usable by staff working in long-term care.

Key publications

Hanratty, Barbara, Wolters, Arne, Towers, Ann-Marie, Spilsbury, Karen, Meyer, Julienne, Killett, Anne, Jones, Liz, Gordon, Adam, Burton, Jennifer Kirsty, Akdur, Gizdem… Goodman, C..  Data collections in care homes for older adults: a national survey in England. Journal of Long-Term Care(2023) , . E-ISSN 2516-9122. (In press)

Wilson CL, Keevil VL, Goodman C. Funded hospital discharges to care homes: a cohort study. Age and Ageing. 2023 Jul 1;52(7):afad135.

Kelly S, Cowan A, Akdur G, et al. Outcome measures from international older adult care home intervention research: a scoping review. Age and Ageing. 2023;52(5):afad069. doi:10.1093/ageing/afad069

Moenke L, Handley M, Goodman C. The Influence of Care Home Managers’ Leadership on the Delivery of Person-Centred Care for People Living with Dementia: A Systematic Review. J Nurs Manag. 2023;2023.

Warmoth K, Bennett C, Lynch J, Goodman C. Using Online Consultations to Facilitate Health and Social Care Delivery During COVID-19: An Interview Study of Care Home Staff. 2023.

Bradshaw, A., Ostler, S., Goodman, C., Batkovskyte, I., Ellia-Smith, C., Tunnard, I., Bone, A., et al. Provision of palliative and end-of-life care in UK care homes during the Covid-19 pandemic: a mixed-methods observational study with implications for policy. Frontiers in Public Health

Towers A, Gordon A, Wolters AT, Goodman, C. et al Piloting of a minimum data set for older people living in care homes in England: protocol for a longitudinal, mixed-methods study BMJ Open 2023;13: e071686. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-071686

Spilsbury K, Peryer G, Devi R, Haunch K, Jordao M, Thompson C, Goodman C. On your marks, get set, pause: what care home teams should consider before partnering with a trial research group. Nursing And Residential Care. 2023 Jan 2;25(1):1-5.

Shepherd, V., Islam, I., Wood, F. et al. Development of a core outcome set for the evaluation of interventions to prevent COVID-19 in care homes (COS-COVID-PCARE Study). BMC Geriatr 22, 710 (2022).

Gordon,A.L. Spilsbury,K., Achterberg, W.P., Adams R., Jones,L.  Goodman,C. From Warkworth House to the 21st century care homes: progress marked by persistent challenges, Age and Ageing, Volume 51, Issue 7, July 2022, afac169,


Burton JK, Wolters AT, Towers AM,. et al… Goodman, C.  Developing a minimum data set for older adult care homes in the UK: exploring the concept and defining early core principles. The lancet. Healthy Longevity. 2022 Mar;3(3):e186-e193. DOI: 10.1016/s2666-7568(22)00010-1

Peryer G, Kelly S, Blake J, Burton JK, Irvine L, Cowan A, Akdur G, Killett A, Brand SL, Musa MK, Meyer J. Goodman, C. Contextual factors influencing complex intervention research processes in care homes: a systematic review and framework synthesis. Age and ageing. 2022 Mar;51(3):afac014.

Warmoth K, Lynch J, Darlington N, Bunn F, Goodman C. Using video consultation technology between care homes and health and social care professionals: a scoping review and interview study during COVID-19 pandemic. Age and Ageing. 2022 Feb;51(2):afab279.

Musa, M.K., Akdur, G., Brand, S. and Goodman, C.. The uptake and use of a minimum data set (MDS) for older people living and dying in care homes: a realist review. BMC Geriatr 22, 33 (2022).

Handley M, Bunn F, Dunn V, Hill C, Goodman C. Effectiveness and sustainability of volunteering with older people living in care homes: A mixed methods systematic review. Health & Social Care in the Community. 2022 May;30(3):836-55.

Burton, J.K., Wolters, A.T., Towers, A.M., Jones, L., Meyer, J., Gordon, A.L., Irvine, L., Hanratty, B., Spilsbury, K., Peryer, G. and Rand, S.,… & Goodman,C. 2022. Developing a minimum data set for older adult care homes in the UK: exploring the concept and defining early core principles. The Lancet Healthy Longevity3(3), pp.e186-e19

Gordon,A.L., Bennett,C.,  Goodman, C., Achterberg,W.P  Making progress: but a way to go—the age and ageing care-home collection, Age and Ageing, 2021;, afab213,

Mayrhofer AM, Goodman C, Lafortune L, Smeeton N, Littlechild B, Shora S, Bunn F. Third sector provision of dementia support in the community: results from a scoping exercise of charity involvement in the UK. Voluntary Sector Review. 2021 Nov 8:1-1

Handley M, Parker D, Bunn F, Goodman C. A qualitative comparison of care home staff and palliative care specialists’ experiences of providing end of life care to people living and dying with dementia in care homes in two countries: A focus group study. Palliative medicine. 2022 Jan;36(1):114-23..


Mayrhofer, A., Shora, S., Tibbs, M., Russell, S., Littlechild, B., & Goodman, C. (2021). Living with young onset dementia: Reflections on recent developments, current discourse, and implications for policy and practice. Ageing and Society, 41(11), 2437-2445. doi:10.1017/S0144686X20000422

Booth J, Aucott L, Cotton S, Davis B, Fenocchi L, Goodman C, Hagen S, Harari D, Lawrence M, Lowndes A, Macaulay L. Tibial nerve stimulation compared with sham to reduce incontinence in care home residents: ELECTRIC RCT. Health technology assessment. 2021 Jun;25(41):1.

Darlington N, Arthur A, Woodward M, Buckner S, Killett A, Lafortune L, Mathie E, Mayrhofer A, Thurman J, Goodman C. A survey of the experience of living with dementia in a dementia-friendly community. Dementia. 2021 Jul;20(5):1711-22.

Warmoth, K., Lynch, J., Darlington, N., Bunn, F. and Goodman, C., 2022. Using video consultation technology between care homes and health and social care professionals: a scoping review and interview study during COVID-19 pandemic. Age and Ageing51(2), p.afab279.

Gordon AL, Bennett C, Goodman C, Achterberg WP. Making progress: but a way to go—the age and ageing care-home collection. Age and ageing. 2022 Jan;51(1):afab213.

Mathie E, Antony A, Killett A, Darlington N, Buckner S, Lafortune L, Mayrhofer A, Dickinson A, Woodward M, Goodman C. Dementia-friendly communities: The involvement of people living with dementia. Dementia. 2022 Jan 28:14713012211073200.

Devi, R., Chadborn,N., Meyer,J., Banerjee, J. Goodman,C. et al How quality improvement collaboratives work to improve healthcare in care homes: a realist evaluation Age and Ageing 10.1093/ageing/afab007

Evans CJ, Potts L, Dalrymple U, Pring A, Verne J, Higginson IJ, Gao W… Goodman, C. on behalf of SPACE. Characteristics and mortality rates among patients requiring intermediate care: a national cohort study using linked databases. BMC medicine. 2021 19(1):1-3. DOI: 10.1186/s12916-021-01912-x


Burton JK, Goodman C, Guthrie B, Gordon AL, Hanratty B, Quinn TJ. Closing the UK care home data gap–methodological challenges and solutions: Closing the UK care home data gap. International Journal of Population Data Science. 2020 Dec 15;5(4).: 10.23889/ijpds.v5i4.1391

Musa MK, Akdur G, Hanratty B, Kelly S, Gordon A, Peryer G, Spilsbury K, Killett A, Burton J, Meyer J, Fortescue S. & Goodman, C.  Uptake and use of a minimum data set (MDS) for older people living and dying in care homes in England: a realist review protocol. BMJ open. 2020 Nov 1;10(11):e040397. DOI10.1136/bmjopen-2020-040397

Towers AM, Killett A, Handley M, Almack K, Backhouse T, Diane B, Bunn F, Dickinson A, Mathie E, Mayrhofer A, Mikelyte R. & Goodman, C Producing ‘Top Tips’ for care home staff during the COVID-19 pandemic in England: rapid reviews inform evidence-based practice but reveal major gaps. Journal of Long-Term Care. 2020 Oct 22.

Hanratty B, Burton JK, Goodman C, Gordon AL, Spilsbury K Covid-19 and lack of linked datasets for care home Published 24 June 2020) BMJ 2020;369: doi:

Goodman C, Devi R, Hinsliff-Smith K, Gordon AL. The Covid-19 Pandemic in UK Care Homes-Revealing the cracks in the system. The Journal of Nursing Home Research Sciences. 2020 Jul 9.

Darlington N, Arthur A, Woodward M, Buckner S, Killett A, Lafortune L, Mathie E, Mayrhofer A, Thurman J, Goodman C. A survey of the experience of living with dementia in a dementia-friendly community. Dementia. 2021 Jul;20(5):1711-22. 10.1177/1471301220965552

Devi R, Goodman C, Dalkin S, Bate A, Wright J, Jones L, Spilsbury K. Attracting, recruiting and retaining nurses and care workers working in care homes: the need for a nuanced understanding informed by evidence and theory. Age and Ageing. 2020 Jul 1.

Gordon AL, Goodman C, Achterberg W, Barker RO, Burns E, Hanratty B, Martin FC, Meyer J, O’Neill D, Schols J, Spilsbury K. Commentary: COVID in care homes—challenges and dilemmas in healthcare delivery. Age and Ageing. 2020 Sep;49(5):701-5.

Walshe C, Lund AD, Goodman C, Bunn F, Coast J, Kinley J, Algorta G, Preston N, Dunleavy L, Froggatt K. The Namaste Care Intervention for People with Advanced Dementia Living in Care Homes: Results from a Feasibility Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2020 Jul 1;60(1):244.

Booth J, Aucott L, Cotton S, Goodman C, Hagen S, Harari D, Lawrence M, Lowndes A, Macaulay L, MacLennan G, Mason H. ELECtric Tibial nerve stimulation to Reduce Incontinence in Care homes: protocol for the ELECTRIC randomised trial. Trials. 2019 Dec 1;20(1):723.

Wendrich-van Dael A, Bunn F, Lynch J, Pivodic L, Van den Block L, Goodman C. (2020) Advance care planning for people living with dementia: An umbrella review of effectiveness and experiences. International Journal of Nursing Studies. Mar 20:103576.

Bunn, F.; Goodman, C.; Corazzini, K.; Sharpe, R.; Handley, M.; Lynch, J.; Meyer, J.; Dening, T.; Gordon, A.L. Setting Priorities to Inform Assessment of Care Homes’ Readiness to Participate in Healthcare Innovation: A Systematic Mapping Review and Consensus Process. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 202017, 987.

Froggatt K, Best A, Bunn F, Goodman,C. et al. A group intervention to improve quality of life for people with advanced dementia living in care homes: the Namaste feasibility cluster RCT. Southampton (UK): NIHR Journals Library; 2020 Jan. (Health Technology Assessment, No. 24.6.) Available from: doi: 10.3310/hta24060

Kochovska,S.,  Garcia, M., Bunn, F.,Goodman,C. et al. Components of palliative care interventions addressing the needs of people with dementia living in long-term care: A systematic review Palliative Medicine

Walshe C, Kinley J, Patel S, Goodman C, Bunn F, Lynch J, Scott D, Lund AD, Stacpoole M, Preston N, Froggatt K. A four-stage process for intervention description and guide development of a practice-based intervention: refining the Namaste Care intervention implementation specification for people with advanced dementia prior to a feasibility cluster randomised trial. BMC geriatrics. 2019 Dec 1;19(1):275.

Siegel EO, Backman A, Cai Y, Goodman C, Ocho ON, Wei S, Wu B, Xu H. Understanding contextual differences in residential LTC provision for cross-national research: Identifying internationally relevant CDEs. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. 2019



Musa MK, Saga S, Blekken LE, Harris R, Goodman C, Norton C. The Prevalence, Incidence, and Correlates of Fecal Incontinence Among Older People Residing in Care Homes: A Systematic Review. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2019 May 23.

Woodward, M., Arthur, A., Darlington, N., Buckner, S., Killett, A., Thurman, J., Buswell, M., Lafortune, L., Mathie, E., Mayrhofer, A. and Goodman, C., 2019. The place for dementia‐friendly communities in England and its relationship with epidemiological need. International journal of geriatric psychiatry34(1), pp.67-71. 0.1002/gps.4987

Chadborn, N. Goodman,C., Zubair,M, Gordon A. (2019) The Role of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in Healthcare of Older People in UK Care Homes: realist review BMJOpen pre-publication

Bunn, F., Lynch, J., Goodman, C., Sharpe, R., Walshe, C., Preston, N. and Froggatt, K., 2018. Improving living and dying for people with advanced dementia living in care homes: a realist review of Namaste Care and other multisensory interventions. BMC geriatrics18(1), .303. 10.1186/s12877-018-0995-9


Victor, C., Davies, S., Dickinson, A., Morbey, H., Masey, H., Gage, H., Froggatt, K., Iliffe, S. and Goodman, C., 2018. “It just happens”. Care home residents’ experiences and expectations of accessing GP care. Archives of gerontology and geriatrics,79, .97-103. 10.1016/j.archger.2018.08.002

Gordon, A.L., Goodman, C., Davies, S.L., Dening, T., Gage, H., Meyer, J., Schneider, J., Bell, B., Jordan, J., Martin, F.C. and Iliffe, S., 2018. Optimal healthcare delivery to care homes in the UK: a realist evaluation of what supports effective working to improve healthcare outcomes. Age and ageing,47(4), pp.595-603. 10.1093/ageing/afx195