LEADS: Professor Anne Rogers and Dr Ivo Vassilev (University of Southampton)
The WP will explore the micro perspective of systems of support and will aim to describe, explain, and profile the structure of personal networks of people with diabetes in different national contexts. This will include a focus on the role of new technologies in mediating and shaping such relationships. This WP will draw on a wide set of relevant literatures (social capital, health and illness, disability, eHealth, self-care, informal care, the family, friendship, acquaintanceship, etc.) and will examine existing typologies of personal networks (including on-going work by the UK and Dutch partners in this project). This WP will be also working closely with the other two thematic WPs (WP2 and WP4) and will be aiming at identifying the mechanisms that link processes operating on different levels within the broader systems of support for people with chronic illness.
Specifically this WP will:
- Describe and analyse the experiences, self-care support needs and practices of socially and health disadvantaged people living with chronic illness
- Ask what types of networks and how are they implicated in self-care and behaviour change? And do they facilitate or inhibit change, and under what circumstances?
- Describe and analyse the ranges of social economic and cultural resources that individuals draw on in responding to living with chronic illness
- Identify the underlying mechanisms linking peoples’ access to and utilisation of formal and informal support.
- Ask how are new technologies implicated in co-shaping the structure,function and content of people’s networks? What are the advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of the use of new technologies?
- Ask how can the generated knowledge about the types of networks and their properties contribute to and inform the design of effective self-care and behaviour change interventions?