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Prevention and Management of Conditions with Adults

This multi-disciplinary collaborative research cluster includes a broad range of research addressing the prevention of health conditions in the wider population as well as support for people managing conditions in a range of settings.

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Research Centre of Arts and wellbeing

Professor Vicky Karkou, Director of the Research Centre for Arts and wellbeing, leads work exploring the role of the arts and creativity in psychotherapy for people faced with depression anxiety and/or trauma. She is also engaged in research that involves the development of interventions for improving the wellbeing of service users and staff in healthcare and other work environments. Other research topics include psychological support through the arts for people with dementia, medical conditions and those recovering from cancer.

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Respiratory Research Centre

The Respiratory Research Centre, led by Professor Sally Spencer and Dr Carol Kelly, focuses on the management of chronic respiratory conditions, such as bronchiectasis, by undertaking multi-professional, patient-centred studies, including evidence synthesis through systematic reviews.

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Children’s Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This international research study focussed on aspects of child health literacy in relation to COVID-19. The study was led by Professor Lucy Bray in collaboration with colleagues at Edge Hill University and Keele University. The team worked with child health researchers from Canada, Brazil, Australia, Sweden and Spain to examine and compare data from across the world.

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Respite care and short breaks for young adults with complex healthcare needs

Led by Professor Sally Spencer and Dr Katherine Knighting, the research team includes staff from EHU’s Faculty of Health and Social Care, and from University of Liverpool, Bangor University, Lancaster University, and the International Children’s Palliative Care Network. Research was funded by the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (HS&DR) to investigate respite care and short breaks for young adults with complex healthcare needs due to a life-limiting condition and/or physical disability.

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Supporting Care

The Supporting Care research theme responds to current national and international agendas and includes supporting care practices for all people and their families who have a health condition. This broad spectrum of research spans the life cycle, including pre hospital care and acute surgery. It also includes the care of people with long term conditions such as diabetes, Motor Neurone Disease, persistent frozen shoulder and a range of chronic respiratory diseases.

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Healthy living

Professor Paola Dey’s work focuses on health inequalities, delivery of public health interventions and the balance between population and individual perspectives. Dr Greg Irving’s work is aimed at preventing the growing burden of multiple chronic diseases by translating epidemiological knowledge into preventive action, and evaluating the effectiveness of different preventive approaches.

Promoting musculoskeletal health

Professor Dey leads the Promoting Population Musculoskeletal Health Group in collaboration with colleagues in Sport focusing on promoting physical activity, prevention of acute injury in physical activity interventions and management of chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

Care and conditions

This group, led by Professor Barbara Jack, Professor Simon Rogers, Dr Kate Knighting and Dr Bhuvana Krishnamoorthy, includes work on the management of life-limiting conditions and palliative care, the needs of carers, patients’ concerns about treatment of their condition and improving surgical care practice.