Research in the School is organised under one overarching research cluster, led by Prof Fiona Alderdice as Director of Research. The School's research cluster, 'Identifying and Reducing Preventable Burden and Complexity in Vulnerable Groups' is focused on two key health care areas that are embedded in wider University collaborative research initiatives: Maternal and Child Health; and Cancer Nursing, Supportive and Palliative Care.
Maternal and Child Health Theme co-ordinator: Professor Fiona Alderdice The Maternal and Child Health research theme is a multidisciplinary theme which focuses on high-risk groups in pregnancy, childbirth, infancy and childhood. There are two central strands of work: maternity care research and child health research, which have been developed using a comprehensive approach ranging from study of the health of populations to the health of individuals and the care that they receive and require.
Cancer Nursing, Supportive and Palliative Care
The aims of the research theme are to:
- illuminate the experiences of cancer survivors and patients requiring palliative care, their informal carers and their professional carers, with a view to improving the experience of both survivorship and palliation
- use those insights to provide a sound evidence base for care
The Maternal and Child Health theme has a long-standing reputation for high-quality research generated by two regional databases, the Northern Ireland Neonatal Intensive Care Outcomes Research and Evaluation (NICORE) and the Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register (NICPR), both housed within the School.
A core strength of our research is the use of these and other international datasets to conduct follow-up studies of, for example, infants born late preterm, infants born with major congenital malformations, and children with cerebral palsy. Our strategy for this theme is to continue to build on our health and well-being follow-up studies and to introduce more Randomised Control Trials (RCTS) using tailored educational web resources, parenting programmes, rehabilitation programmes and psychosocial interventions.
In the Cancer Nursing, Supportive and Palliative Care theme, our supportive care research concentrates on meeting the needs of cancer survivors. In terms of palliative care, our strengths include research into the palliative care needs of non-cancer patients, of the needs arising from the experience of distressing symptoms such as cachexia, and the needs of those caring for palliative patients. A major strength of both our supportive and palliative care research is our considerable experience in the development and testing of psychosocial interventions.
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