Managing chronic conditions is a major global health care problem with cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes amongst the five most common chronic conditions. They are responsible for a significant burden of ill health among patients, their families and society overall. A sound evidence base is vital to guide care from diagnosis through to end of life.
However, many factors impinge on condition management including: individual patient attributes, families, social and physical environments, patient/clinician relationships and clinical expertise. Therefore, a complex interaction involving health care systems, clinical interventions, patients' self-management efforts and abilities is required.
Further-more, managing chronic illness is not a static activity rather it fluctuates as individuals move from diagnosis through stable and acute phases that may eventually lead to palliative or end of life care.
Research offers an opportunity to bridge gaps in our understanding of the management of chronic conditions and in partnership with patient groups and service providers, we need to translate research results into appropriate and effective service improvements.
The Managing Chronic Illness (MCI) Research Centre aims to conduct rigorous research into holistic care, responsive to the needs of those living with a chronic condition.
- enhance and encourage collaborative research initiatives and developments at local, national and international levels
- work in partnership with users and practitioners to ensure that we conduct research which reflects their needs and interests
- explore theoretical frameworks which may contribute to understanding the needs of individuals and groups dealing with a chronic health problem
- offer collegial support to all colleagues to enhance preparation of papers and research proposals
- make a focussed and significant contribution to dissemination of findings to both users and professional audiences
- influence curriculum development through the application of relevant research results
- Palliative Care
- Cancer Care