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The University of Southampton
Complex Healthcare Processes


Our research focuses on understanding and improving the lives of people affected by cancer (including those at increased risk), life-limiting conditions, and those at the end of life. Through our research we seek to make a positive difference to people affected by cancer and life-limiting illness, their families, communities and the health care professionals who support them.


Our research aims to significantly advance understanding of the complex recovery and care experiences of individuals affected by cancer (including colorectal, prostate, lung and breast cancers, the less common cancers and cancer of unknown primary), life limiting conditions and those at or near the end of life. We recognise the vital contribution made by families, friends and communities in providing care and support. We develop and test novel interventions to improve lives and inform improvements in health care. This includes developing a range of approaches to engaging, communicating and supporting people, their families and health professionals in making important decisions in the face of uncertainty. Our research includes include large prospective cohorts, qualitative research, and developing and applying novel methods to large datasets.


We work in partnership with multiple stakeholders, including patients and clinicians, healthcare and voluntary organisations and academic partners to design our research programmes, co-create innovative and effective interventions and implement findings to improve healthcare.

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