PhD, MSc, BSc, CPsychol
- Primary position:
- Reader in Health Psychology, Head of Macmillan Survivorship Research Group
Claire Foster is a Chartered Health Psychologist leading the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group [MSRG] in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. Her research programme focuses on supporting self management by people affected by cancer, including supporting self management of cancer related problems following cancer treatment and supporting people with a family history of breast/ovarian cancer. The Macmillan funded MSRG research programme is designed to inform the development of more efficient and effective services to support survivors and enhance their return to fulfilling lives through: i. A prospective cohort of colorectal cancer patients across Great Britain to map restoration of health and well-being; ii. An online survey to assess self efficacy to self manage cancer/ treatment related problems following primary treatment; iii. Development and testing of an online intervention to enhance self efficacy to self manage cancer related fatigue in the year following primary cancer treatment. The team work closely with people affected by cancer as Research Partners in the development and conduct of research projects.
Claire is a member of the PsychoSocial Clinical Studies Group and a member of the Self Management Workstream of the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative. Claire is a member of Breast Cancer Campaign's Scientific Advisory Board.
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Survivorship and self management research following cancer treatment – understanding self management of cancer related problems and developing interventions to support self management
Research to understand how to support relatives of cancer patients
Research to understand psychosocial implications of genetic testing for cancer predisposition and develop supportive interventions
Quantitative and qualitative research methods
Service user involvement in research
Primary research group: Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care
Supporting relatives: an investigation into obstacles and aids to information exchange within families affected by cancer
The provision of information for patients and others affected by cancer has been highlighted in the Cancer Reform Strategy as an area for improvement in national cancer services (Department of Health, 2007).
Understanding the unknown: a case study approach to explore patients, carers and health care professionals; experiences of cancer of unknown primary site
This study aims to explore patients’ families and health care professionals’ experiences of cancer of unknown primary site, in order to inform the development of evidence-based and patient-centred clinical care.
Systematic review of the literature for non-pharmacological interventions for arthralgia in non cancer conditions
This review is to explore the effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions used in people with arthritis following breast cancer.
Cancer experiences: Supportive and palliative care needs, problems and solutions (the CECo collaborative)
Research that aims to make substantial progress in the quality of research in supportive and palliative care
This project aimed to review the research evidence and undertake a national consultation in order to learn about the problems faced by cancer survivors and the effectiveness of interventions.
This research aims to facilitate discussions about genetic risk associated with BRCA1/2 with relatives to enable relatives to make informed decisions about their own risk management.
Incidental findings (IFs) from genetic tests: exploring the ethical issues and implications for practice
This research fellowship aims to gain an empirical and ethical insight into the experiences and attitudes of healthcare users and professionals towards incidental findings from genetic testing, using both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
This study looks at older women's experience of breast cancer and other health conditions
This study aimed to gather accounts of patients' strategies used to self manage problems arising between 6 and 12 months following completion of primary cancer treatment.
Minority ethnic patients’ participation in cancer research: An exploration of experiences, attitudes and barriers
The research report identifies the barriers and facilitators to the recruitment of minority ethnic patients in cancer research.
Psychosocial impact of cancer on patients and their families
Psychosocial implications of genetic testing for breast/ovarian cancer predisposition
Working collaboratively with service users in research
Dr Claire Foster
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Southampton
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