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Health care and service delivery research

The aim of this research theme is to promote an interdisciplinary research culture that produces studies which are both relevant and transferable to clinical and academic practice, and one that is committed to research capacity development and supporting post graduate students.

Our multi-disciplinary group includes both clinical and academic staff including health service researchers, nurses, physiotherapists, health economists, statisticians and radiographers.

Our research is focused primarily in the following areas

  • cancer (particularly psycho-oncology), specifically focusing on information needs treatment preferences and choice of patients/carers and the public; work focusing on the needs of the older population is also undertaken
  • interventions or models of care will best enhance the ability of health and social care staff, carers and patients themselves to improve the health status of individuals
  • developing innovative approaches to involving patient and the public in health and social care research
  • developing interventions to promote long lasted, sustained behaviour change in relation to diet and physical activity
  • developing complex interventions to prevent mental ill health and improve mental health outcomes.

We have close collaborations and active engagement with external clinicians and academics, research commissioners, policy forums and professional and service user networks.

The theme provides methodological expertise in the areas of health economics, clinical trials, service re-design, qualitative and mixed-method studies. It also takes responsibility for the following strategic issues

  • postgraduate research student recruitment and research methods training
  • student experience of learning in a supportive, research-led environment and student progression
  • research ethics
  • patient and public involvement in health research
  • internal promotion of research within Sheffield Hallam University

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