Long-term conditions

Improving outcomes for some of the world’s most prevalent conditions


Improving outcomes for Long Term ConditionsImproving outcomes using TechnologyImproving outcomes for DementiaImproving outcomes for Disease Improving outcomes for InequalitiesImproving outcomes for Disabilities

Research in this workgroup is focussed on how individuals living with long-term or chronic health conditions and disabilities can be supported to live independently in the context of their individual circumstances. 

Background

Research in this workgroup is focussed on how individuals living with long-term or chronic health conditions and disabilities can be supported to live independently in the context of their individual circumstances.  We have research experience of investigating these issues with a number of clinical conditions including:

Stroke; Cardiovascular conditions, including Acute Coronary Syndrome; ICU survivors; Cancer; Spinal cord injury; Asthma; Cystic Fibrosis; Communication impairments; Learning disability; Dementia as well as other conditions leading to disability.

We are particularly interested in the psychosocial and environmental factors that influence participation of individuals with chronic conditions and disability in social and community roles and how personal assistance and technologies can be used in this context.  A further research strand centres on how rehabilitation and other interventions can optimise participation in life roles for these individuals.  Our research also examines the role of healthcare professionals in providing supportive care, and the relationship between the health and social care environment, care and service delivery and related experiences.

Purpose

To improve to improve health and well-being for people with life-limiting conditions and/or disability and ensure better futures for socially marginalised groups by

  • Delivering high quality research
  • Delivering high quality postgraduate and post-registration education
  • Enhancing research capability and capacity of engaged and motivated NHS staff
  • Evaluating models of service delivery

 Key topics

  • Modelling the environmental, social and individual factors influencing participation, adherence, behaviour and experience related to living with a long-term condition or disability
  • Developing and evaluating interventions to enhance functional and participation outcomes for people with a long-term condition or disability
  • Understanding the barriers of people with communication and/or learning difficulties in health care delivery contexts as well as in health-related research
  • Developing strategies to ensure participation and engagement of people with LTC in healthcare
  • Understanding and improving the health and well-being of staff working to better support people with a long-term condition or disability

Research methods used are aligned with the key areas researched and build upon our collaboration with research expertise in the university, nationally and internationally.  Methods include, Systematic review and other forms of evidence synthesis, Qualitative methods, Prospective surveys, Quasi-experimental and RCT studies, Real time data collection, Ecological momentary assessment.  Themes of improving service delivery (using ehealth approaches) and addressing inequalities both societal and health related with underserved or underrepresented communities underpins our work.