Complex and long-term healthcare

Complex and long-term healthcare research at UWE Bristol has a strong bio-psychosocial tradition with an emphasis on applied and translational research, where the impact on the patient and their families is key.

The group has expertise in a range of research methodologies and draws upon a wide range of disciplines including medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology, radiography and sports medicine.

Research aims

The aim of our research is to improve the quality of life, independence and inclusion of people with complex and long-term conditions. Long-term conditions is a term used to draw together a number of disease and disability groups where the condition is chronic and not (immediately) life threatening. This includes conditions such as arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders, the physical and cognitive conditions that commonly follow trauma or disease such as cancer and stroke, dementia and chronic pain.

Research topics

Research topics of interest include understanding, assessing and managing:

  • Dementia
  • Fatigue
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Pain conditions
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Stroke

Research outputs

The group has a record of successful completion of robust and relevant research, with publication in high quality international journals (for example Arthritis & Rheumatism, Rheumatology, European Journal of Cancer, Pain, European Journal of Pain, Cochrane).

Members of the group have received grant support from the National Institute for Health Research, NHS Innovations, Research Councils (MRC/ESRC/EPSRC), professional bodies (Physiotherapy Research Foundation), Charities (Arthritis Research UK, CSP Charitable Trust) and industry (Football Association, pharmaceutical companies).

For further information, please contact Professor Shea Palmer.

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