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Maternal and child health research and reviews

This theme comprises a multidisciplinary team of professionals with backgrounds in midwifery, nutrition, physiotherapy, survey methods, medical and healthcare statistics, information science and data management.

Our complementary research skills can be applied to health promotion and disease prevention to help to enhance quality of life and improve health care in both acute and community settings. Our specific areas of expertise include maternal and infant health issues, both within the UK and worldwide and musculoskeletal physiotherapy especially relating to mechanical diagnosis and therapy.

Our methodological expertise ranges from pilot and RCT studies, surveys, service evaluations and literature reviews, up to an including systematic reviews.

In part this capability is drawn from extensive qualitative, quantitative and information science methodological expertise which sits within this team, but supports the University's wider health and social care research. The scope of the aforementioned expertise is drawn from three areas and is outlined below.

Fieldwork, Analysis and Support Team (FAST)

The FAST team offer guidance, support and management on all aspects of projects from design to conclusion for both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. This can include any or all elements from research methodology, research design, costing research, sampling, questionnaire design, database work, data collection from face to face interviews, postal surveys, telephone surveys, online surveys, data capture, data cleaning, range, routing and logic checks, data analysis, arranging and conducting focus groups, statistical analysis, graphical representation of data, report writing and presentations.


Statistical support for health and social care research staff, doctoral students and their supervisors is available from a Chartered Statistician with 25 years' experience of providing statistics education and training. Advice regarding quantitative methodologies as well as sample size/power calculations can be provided at the design stage of a project. Training and support are available in using SPSS and/or Excel for data presentation and basic data analysis. Where appropriate, a complete statistical analysis for a project can be provided.

Information science

The Information Scientist team are accredited information professionals who offer expertise in literature searching for literature reviews including systematic reviews, realist reviews, and economic reviews, and in reference management and bibliometrics. The team support the University's health and social care research staff by undertaking literature searches and reference management activities for external funding bids and for funded research projects, where appropriate extending support and involvement throughout the project lifetime and contributing to published reports and papers. Advice on where to publish and how to achieve maximum scholarly impact is offered, alongside bespoke information skills training and support to research staff, postgraduate students, and external clients on a consultancy basis. The team also has expertise in obtaining patent protection. Within the team there is an accredited indexer who can offer advice to academic authors who need an index for their book, or can produce an index on their behalf.

Across the theme, we have established strong links through charities, local NHS Trusts and councils, CLAHRC -YH, EU-funded projects with international partners and organisations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).

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