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Green Templeton College | Oxford

Dr Ann McPhersonGreen Templeton College is deeply saddened to learn of the death of GTC Fellow Dr Ann McPherson on Saturday 28 May 2011 after a long illness. She will be greatly missed by her colleagues and friends at the College.

Ann was a gifted communicator who believed that health care should be driven by the experience of patients and that doctors, health care professionals and medical students should better understand what it feels like to have an illness.

During a long and distinguished career, which began as a GP in Oxford, she was the inspiration behind a number of significant initiatives which gave life to her unique vision.

She joined the Department of Primary Care, Oxford University where she set up the patient experiences research group DIPEx and the associated website www.healthtalkonline.org which publishes the results of the group's research online and now has over two million hits a year.

A second website www.youthhealthtalk.org devoted to the experiences of young people was launched in 2005 and Ann also co-hosted a teenage virtual doctor's surgery for 10-15 year olds www.teenagehealthfreak.org, which continues to give health information to young people in an innovative way including providing an extensive email question and answer forum.

Ann's most recent project was to establish the Oxford Health Experiences Institute (HEXI), as the first interdisciplinary academic research centre dedicated to understanding the attitudes, values and experiences of people coping with illness, or making decisions about their health, and to using the research to make a difference. She was the founding Director of HEXI and continued to work closely with the team even in her final days.

Ann's colleagues and friends at Green Templeton send their sincere condolences to her husband Klim and their children and grandchildren.

Green Templeton has set up a tribute fund in memory of Ann to raise funds to continue her vision of creating the Oxford Health Experiences Institute. To find out more about Ann's Fund and how to make a donation, please click here.

A memorial service was held for Ann at Balliol College on Friday 10 June 2011.

Click here for a PDF of Ann's memorial service, photos and obituary.

Read the BMJ obituary
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Ann McPherson Tribute Fund

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