This interdisciplinary programme of work draws together diverse areas of current healthcare practice with a focus on improving the health of people.
The management of chronic conditions is an increasing need within the healthcare system, and our multi-disciplinarity has lead to research spanning basic to translational research. Unifying features of the research activities include developing and refining diagnostic measures, assessing effectiveness of interventions, developing new treatments and interventions and exploring patients’ and carers’ experiences of living with long term conditions, including life-limiting conditions.
The development of patient-tailored continuous ECG monitoring with patients in coronary care units has shown promise of improvements in treatment outcomes, while work on haemodialysis to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with end stage renal disease in also underway. Multiple sclerosis is the focus of some research into the effectiveness of several electrotherapeutic treatments such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on pain relief. While the effectiveness of a family support organiser for stroke patients and their carers has led to the modification of the Reintegration to Normal Living Index for use with stroke patients. The development of new treatments to combat infection such as MRSA is benefitting from collaborative work with the School of Biological Sciences. Potential compounds have been patented and are being commercially assessed for pharmaceutical use.
Social inclusion and public health remains a high priority for today’s society, and our research is helping to address these issues. Much of our research has focussed on black and minority ethnic communities such as the identification of the health and social care needs of Bangladeshi carers which led to the appointment of a community development worker for Asian carers in Swansea. Studies of the extent and nature of race and ethnicity training within nursing education in Wales, health and social care needs of Bangladeshi women both from their perspective and that of primary care providers, and a review of health information needs of minority ethnic groups. As members of the Wales Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care research network our research is helping to lead the way in this field. In relation to public health, our focus has been on service delivery and development of new nursing and health professional roles in primary care, through a review of primary care and community nursing in Wales.