Living Well with a Health Condition

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Living Well with a Health Condition

Approximately 50% of people over the age of 55 live with a health condition. This rises to 75% by the age of 70. The Living Well with a Health Condition theme develops research that supports people living with health conditions to increase their physical activity.

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As well as helping to prevent health conditions, physical activity can help to slow down the progress of disease and allow people to remain independent for longer as they age. Physical activity interventions both support people who live with a long-term condition to move more and address disease-specific symptoms.

We aim to build diverse, cross-disciplinary teams which use whole systems approaches to address the challenges of facilitating people living with health conditions to move more. We build evaluative and analytical capacity for the study of activity and wellbeing in people living with health conditions. The principles of co-design and co-production are a key feature of our research and we use these approaches to develop sustainable interventions that tackle inequalities, reduce the burden of disease, and increase quality of life for people living with health conditions.

Key areas of focus

  • Cancer
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Long Covid
  • Mental Health
  • Neurological conditions
  • Metabolic Conditions

Theme Leads

Caroline Dalton 119807

Prof. Caroline Dalton

Research Theme Lead and Professor of Neuroscience and Genetics

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Liam Humphreys

Liam Humphreys

Research Theme Co-Lead and Research Fellow

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Featured Projects

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Moving Healthcare Professionals Programme Evaluation

Evaluating the MHPP which supports healthcare professionals to incorporate physical activity into routine care

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Active Together

Reimagining prehabilitation and rehabilitation for people living with Cancer

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Golf as a therapeutic tool for older adults and their supporters

Sheffield Hallam University has teamed up with Golf in Society (GiS) and Sport for Confidence to explore how the social connectivity of golf can improve the health and wellbeing of those who are frail and living with Parkinson’s and dementia.

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Physical Activity Support for Long COVID Patients

This project, a collabporation with the ukactive Research Institute and Sport England, will explore how organisations are delivering physical activity to people with Long-COVID and the relationships with local health services that may be commissioning these activities or referring patients to them.

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Profiling the response to exercise in Long COVID patients to inform novel rehabilitation guidelines

The value of clinical cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) within healthcare settings has been established in the last decade.

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Doctoral Students

Sally Mastwyk

Sally Mastwyk

Improving the Recognition and Management of Metabolic Syndrome in Primary Care Physiotherapy Practice

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