Aims and Objectives
Our research aims to understand the role and influences of resources external to health services which have an impact on peoples capacities to manage long-term conditions. It focuses on the need to explore resources and relationships within peoples’ personal communities as a means of better understanding and helping to develop interventions that are more fit for purpose for engaging with people who live in deprived circumstances. A central focus is the extent to which policies actions and resources at national and cross-national levels, shape activities of health and voluntary sectors locally and thus on self care support capacity.
- We will be utilizing mixed methods including social networks analysis and will conduct a number of reviews.
- We will undertake in-depth qualitative research to inform a work package designed to produce self care interventions.
- We are a multi-disciplinary group extending across the clinical, qualitative and quantitative, social sciences. With our roots in both social and clinical family medicine, our research spans from health policy through local clinical, community and social levels to a focus on personal communities and individual self care actions.
- We are aiming for a deeper understanding of what is involved in the management of chronic conditions than a focus on the individual normally allows.
- We will focus on designing resources and initiatives which encompass a broader context and can be translated, implemented and embedded into peoples’ everyday life. Looking at the way in which who and how we relate to one another has an impact on how we consider the management of chronic conditions, alongside examining the economic and social resources which make managing and supporting a long-term condition possible.
- We will look at the different environments that help or hinder help with a condition – including work, domestic and community settings where practices are shaped by emotional, symbolic, ethical, economic, and institutional inter-dependencies that people have with intimate and distant others, and where personal health is worked out in relation to one’s own well-being and the health and well-being of others.