Health and Wellbeing

Health is a domain of immense significance to society, and of great strategic importance. The use of interactive technologies in clinical practice, preventative education and the treatment of chronic conditions has become pervasive. However, there is compelling evidence that current healthcare systems are under-performing: often unreliable, difficult to use, and failing to address the needs of clinicians and patients adequately. Surprisingly little attention has been paid to people's interactions with those technologies and designing effective interactions. The Health & Well Being theme includes research aimed at reducing errors with medical devices; investigating the positive and negative impacts of technology on work-life balance, and supporting those suffering from chronic pain to maintain a regular exercise programme.

Projects

GetAMoveOn: transforming health through enabling mobility

EPSRC Network+ focusing on movement as a locus for health

Current approaches in ehealth generally only reach a small part of the population that is already interested in fitness, personal data capture, or both. Their uptake is, furthermore, of dubious effect as two recent medical reviews have shown. To have a national impact on health and wellbeing, to reduce the crippling burden of long term health conditions and to move healthcare from the clinic to the community, we need to reach everyone, across a range of abilities and aspirations. We need to connect the potential of the technology with the ... Read more…

ECLIPSE (Exploring the Current Landscape of Intravenous Infusion Practices & Errors)

studying medication practices with infusion devices, to document the variety of existing practices and deliver recommendations for best practice in different situations.

ECLIPSE (Exploring the Current Landscape of Intravenous Infusion Practices & Errors) is a research project funded by NIHR (2014-2017) studying medication practices with infusion devices, to document the variety of existing practices and deliver recommendations for best practice in different situations. For more information visit the project website at www.eclipse.ac.uk Read more…

FAST

aiming to initiate systems-based engineered methodologies for providing joined-up treatment in the public health sector.

NHS England produced a publication in its 65th anniversary year (2013) entitled 'The NHS Belongs to the People: A Call to Action'. It articulates the aspiration to deliver the very highest standards of patient care against the reality that the projected total cost of running NHS England will rise from £95Bn in 2013 to £137Bn in 2020, whilst the resource will only rise to £108Bn in the same period. There are a number of factors that are leading to rising costs, and the Call to Action highlights poorly joined-up care ... Read more…

Contraception Choices

designing a digital intervention to support informed choices of contraception

The study aims to develop and test ways of supporting women to make informed choices of contraception including long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods. These include the intrauterine device (IUD or coil), intrauterine system (IUS or Mirena), implant and injection. We know that LARC methods are at least 20 times better at preventing pregnancy than pills or condoms. But uptake of LARC has been slow and many women are not even aware of these methods. Other women have unfounded concerns about the effects of LARC e.g. on weight gain or future ... Read more…

The Emotion & Pain Project

developing an intelligent system that will enable ubiquitous monitoring and assessment of patients’ pain-related mood and movements inside (and in the longer term, outside) the clinical environment.

One of the main challenges facing healthcare providers in the UK today (and in Europe) is the rising number of people with chronic health problems. Almost 1 in 7 UK citizens experiences chronic pain, some due to chronic diseases such as osteoarthritis, but much of it mechanical low back pain (LBP) with no treatable pathology. 40% of these people experience severe pain and are very restricted by it. The capacity of our current health care system is insufficient to treat all these patients face-to-face. Pain experience is affected by physical, psychological, and social ... Read more…

CHI+MED

an EPSRC-funded project to improve the safety of interactive (programmable) medical devices, such as infusion pumps. By understanding more about device design and human factors, medical errors can be reduced thus saving lives.

Our goal was to learn more about medical devices and how people design, buy and use them in the real world. From this understanding we investigated how to reduce the likelihood and consequences of human error. We worked with patients and their carers, nurses and other medical practitioners, manufacturers who create medical devices, NHS staff who purchase them and regulatory bodies who oversee patient safety. Throughout our six year programme we also worked with a wide variety of people who are linked by interactive medical devices which deliver essential medication. ... Read more…

iSHOP

i-sense HIV Online Pathway project (within the EPSRC-funded i-sense IRC).

i-sense HIV Online Pathway project (within the EPSRC-funded i-sense IRC) to investigate user needs for support for self-testing and engaging with care, enabled by novel digital tools. Innovations in testing techniques (based on advanced nanomaterials) have now reached a point where it is realistic to offer HIV tests that can - at least in principle - be self-administered. However, these tests raise questions such as: given the complexity of the condition and its management, how can people be supported in correctly interpreting data, and how can care pathways be reconfigured ... Read more…

Remembering your meds

Improving medication adherence apps by supporting people's existing routines

Although adherence is crucial to ensuring that medications are effective, many people do not take them as prescribed. While some decide to stop or modify their treatment, others simply forget -- after all, forgetting is easy. To address this issue, existing adherence apps for smartphones provide timed alerts to remind patients about their doses. However, this approach disregards the habitual nature of medication-taking and neglects remembering strategies people use in their everyday life. We're primarily interested in long-term preventative regimens, such as oral contraception. In this context, remembering medications is ... Read more…

Farr Institute

one of four E-Health Informatics Research Centers funded by the Medical Research Council

The Farr Institute is one of four E-Health Informatics Research Centers funded by the Medical Research Council. The Farr Institute will bring together clinical science, informatics expertise and educational strengths to drive the next generation of population-wide translational research, from discovery through trials to clinical practice, service delivery, patient outcomes and public health. It will drive data integration across clinical conditions, in primary and secondary care, to improve clinical practice and transform the relationship between clinician, patient and citizen and their health data. Read more…

WEISS Centre

Wellcome Trust / EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences

Wellcome Trust / EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences Read more…