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Diane Bunn

University of East Anglia

Diane Bunn

I am an academic nurse, and an Associate Professor of Nursing Research at the University of East Anglia (UK) where I have both teaching and research responsibilities. In my teaching role, I teach on professional programmes at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, focusing on research methodologies (evidence synthesis, quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods) and hydration care. I aim to provide a research-based approach in all my teaching, by relating clinical care to an underpinning research evidence-base. I am supervisor for a number of MSc Dissertation students and PhD students. My particular research interests are investigating ways of improving hydration and nutritional care for older people living in residential care, effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for those living and working in care homes, and I have a long history of collaborative working with residents, their families and staff working in, and with, care homes.

I am a peer reviewer for a number of journals and grant-awarding bodies and a member of three national forums relating to hydration care and care homes research.


Countries UK;
Topics Co-production in LTC; COVID-19 and other infectious diseases and LTC; Infection prevention; LTC Workforce; Rights and people’s voices in LTC systems; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Co-production methods; Literature reviews and synthesis; Mixed methods; Qualitative studies; Research ethics;
Role Research;
Research interests

My particular research interests are investigating ways of improving hydration and nutritional care for older people living in residential care, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for those living and working in care homes. I am experienced in managing research projects, using a range of methodologies: systematic reviewing, quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. A key component of my research approach is collaborative working with care home staff.

Key publications

Birt L; Lane K; Corner J; Sanderson K; Bunn D. care-home nurses’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic: managing ethical conundrums at personal cost: a qualitative study. J Nurs Sch. 2023; 55:226–238.

Brainard J, Bunn D, Watts L, Killett A, O’Brien SJ, Lake IR, et al. English care home staff morale and preparedness during the COVID pandemic: A longitudinal analysis. Am J Infect Control. 2023;51(7):792–9. Available from:

Bunn, D, Brainard, J, Lane, K, Salter, C and Lake, I. 2021. The Lived Experience of Implementing Infection Control Measures in Care Homes during Two Waves of the COVID-19 Pandemic. A Mixed-Methods Study. Journal of Long-Term Care, (2021), pp. 386–400. DOI:

Bunn D & Hooper L. Signs and symptoms of low-intake dehydration do not work in older care home residents – DRIE diagnostic accuracy study. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2019. 16(2), pp101-113.

Bunn D., Hooper, L, Welch A. Dehydration and Malnutrition in Residential Care: Recommendations for Strategies for Improving Practice Derived from a Scoping Review of Existing Policies and Guidelines. Geriatrics. 2018, 3(4), 77.

Bunn D, Abdelhamid A, Copley M, Cowap V, Dickinson, Gray L, Howe A, Killett A, et al. Effectiveness of interventions to indirectly improve, maintain or facilitate food and drink intake in people with dementia: Eating and Drinking Well IN dementiA (EDWINA), a systematic review. BMC Geriatrics. 2016. May 4;16:89. doi: 10.1186/s12877-016-0256-8

Chapman-Wright J, Parnell SA, Bunn D et al. Perspectives: Nurses in care homes as advisors in research: benefits for all? J Res Nurs. Vol 27(4), pp401-405.

Hooper L, Bunn DK et al. Effects of fluid and drinking on pneumonia mortality in older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN. 2022. Vol 47, pp 96-105. DOI:

Hooper L, Bunn D, et al. Which frail older people become dehydrated? The UK DRIE study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 2016. 71(10):1341-7. http://dx.doi:10.1093/gerona/glv205.

Jimoh O, Brown T, Bunn D, Hooper L. Beverage intake and drinking patterns—clues to support older people living in long-term care to drink well: DRIE and FISE studies. Nutrients. 2019. Vol 11(2), 447.

Parkinson et al. Low-intake dehydration prevalence in non-hospitalised older adults: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Nutrition 2023. Vol42(8), pp1510-1520.

Towers AM, Killett A, Handley M, Almack K, Backhouse T, Bunn D, et al.. 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. pp151-166. DOI: