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Warm Well Families

Lead investigator Professor Angela Tod
Project team Dr Anna Cronin de Chavez, Dr Pete Nelson, Catherine Homer
Funded by NHS Rotherham, NHS Doncaster, Consumer Futures
Dates January 2012 - December 2013


Warm Well Families is a research project conducted by Health and Social Care researchers at Sheffield Hallam University. The research was conducted in Rotherham and Doncaster, in partnership with the Local Authorities and the NHS. The Warm Well Families project aimed to explore factors influencing the abilities of households with children with asthma to keep warm at home in winter and access help.

Individual and group interviews were used, along with temperature and humidity measurements in homes, and framework analysis techniques. The different methods used captured the views and experience of adults living in households with children who had been diagnosed as having asthma, and also professionals working with families to ensure that we obtained an accurate understanding of factors that influence keeping warm.


Full project reports from Doncaster and Rotherham can be viewed below. The executive summary from both sites can also be downloaded.

Click here to download the executive summary.

For more information please contact Rea Smith.

Pen Portraits

In order to bring the research to life four pen portraits have been developed. These are not real stories or people however, they are built using the research findings and real life observations. These are portraits of possible family scenarios using a descriptive narrative but can be used to inform the development of targeted and effective interventions.


The Warm Well Families project was developed and funded through the support of public health in Rotherham, Doncaster and Consumer Futures and CLAHRC-SY.

This project follows on from a study of the experiences of older people keeping warm in their own home - Keeping Warm in Later Life. Materials developed from KWILLT can be found here

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