Health and Illness Experience


We conduct research focused on how people experience and manage both health and illness.  An understanding of such experiences is crucial for designing and evaluating interventions to support management of long-term conditions and for maximising health and well-being, minimising deterioration and secondary morbidity.  A key strength of this work comes from our methodological expertise in qualitative research methods, and we draw on mixed methods where appropriate. 

Research within this theme includes a focus on

  • Self-management/ self-care
  • inequalities in the experience and management of mental and physical illness
  • the role of social support and social networks on resources for managing health
  • help-seeking behaviour and pathways to diagnosis and access to services
  • multimorbidity
  • patient safety

For more information, please contact Dr Caroline Sanders