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Professor Anne Kennedy 

Visiting Professor

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Professor Anne Kennedy is a Visiting Professor within Health Sciences, University of Southampton.  Anne’s research expertise covers the area of self-management of long-term conditions with particular academic interests in how social networks can be utilised to provide support; the use of information and patient and public involvement in research.

Managing life-long conditions isn’t just about individual responsibility – support is needed from many people and places.

My current work is mainly based around two major grants, a European FP7 award which focuses on the involvement of social networks in diabetes management and an NIHR CLARHC grant where I am leading a research theme which focuses on patient engagement with self-directed support. I am also involved in research in determining appropriate outcomes for self-management interventions.

I have a long-standing interest in patient and public involvement in research.

Previous Employment

Research advisor to Research for Best Practice module

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Research interests

My research interests are aligned to long-term conditions and how patients can be supported to manage their conditions. My academic interests concern theories of implementing evidence-based interventions in the health service and in people’s every-day lives. I am also interested in social networks and health literacy. My work involves the development of patient information using different media and ways to engage people (such as the use of cartoons and web-sites). My current work uses a wide range of qualitative methods, ethnography, focus groups, biographical interviews and video elicitation.

Other recent work has involved analysis and publication of the findings of two large randomised controlled trials with accompanying process evaluations. The trial of implementation of the WISE approach – was one of the largest RCTs of a self-management support intervention in primary care ever undertaken and was funded by an NIHR programme grant. The trial had negative findings – the implementation did not work and this finding had important policy implications so dissemination of the findings has interested many in the research world and those charged with delivering health care. These findings helped to change the direction of my research away from delivering self- care support in primary care towards a focus on embedding support for long-term condition management in individuals’ social networks. The second major trial - the BRIGHT intervention used this social network approach and it resulted in significant improvements in health-related outcomes.

Currently supervising one student.

Research Projects:

  • CLAHRC Wessex Lead for Theme 5

Research group

Health Work and Systems

Research project(s)

Whole System Informing Self-management Engagement (WISE)

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Research advisor to Research for Best Practice module

Professor Anne Kennedy
Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

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