The Division focuses on technological innovations and use of new evidence-based technologies in clinical care. The team explores current technological applications and de-implementation of outdated technologies and technology-related patient or supporter reported outcome measures. Methodological expertise includes n-of-1 studies, randomised controlled trials, co-design, and implementation science (process evaluation, big data, outcome measurement).
Research groups and projects
Research in the Division of Care in Long Term Conditions aims to explore patient perspectives, alleviate disease and symptoms, and enable people to live well with long term health issues.
Research in the Division of Methodologies centres on the application and investigation of a range of methodological approaches. Members of the Division apply these approaches to issues relating to nursing and midwifery/maternity care specifically as well more broadly to the co-production of health:
- Sociological and anthropological studies of healthcare
- Discourse and conversation analysis in healthcare settings
- Narrative inquiry as applied to healthcare (Voice-Centred Relational Method)
- Co-design and co-production of health and social care
- Clinical trials (Nightingale Saunders Clinical Trials Unit)
- Historical studies of healthcare practices
- Policy studies
Recent and ongoing research which members of the Division are leading or contributing include:
People in the Division
Research in the Institute is built on four themes:
- Evaluating and improving care for people with cancer, respiratory disease, heart failure, liver, kidney and neurological disorders.
- Symptom research. Discovering new ways of controlling common distressing symptoms, including pain, breathlessness, nausea, fatigue and spasticity, and undertaking clinical trials into new treatments.
- Measuring outcomes. Developing and implementing robust patient-oriented measures of outcomes in palliative care and rehabilitation.
- Living and dying in society. Investigating care for older people, support for caregivers, cultural issues in palliative care and other issues reflecting how the way we live and die is changing.
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