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Dr Jane Frankland BSc, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Jane Frankland is a Senior Research Fellow in the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.

I am interested in understanding and explaining the social processes related to self-management, both within and outside the healthcare system.

Jane is a medical sociologist and experienced mixed methods researcher with particular expertise in qualitative methods, research on sensitive issues, and evaluation of complex interventions. She is a joint author on a methods text on focus groups. Her research interests are the everyday experiences and work of health and illness; self-care,self-management and help seeking; and the acquisition of health knowledge and skills.

Jane is leading a qualitative project to understand, characterise and explain how people connect with and mobilise supportive services and resources to help them self-manage the consequences of cancer and its treatment.

Research interests

Social processes related to self-management and help seeking; social cultural context of self-management; sexual function post cancer treatment.

Other Research projects

HORIZONS qualitative sub-study to understand, characterise and explain how people connect with and mobilise supportive services and resources to help them to self-manage the consequences of cancer and its treatment and to promote recovery of health and wellbeing.

There is growing emphasis on the role of patient self-management, both during cancer treatment and into the post-treatment phase. Self-management, in essence, involves the transfer of tasks from the healthcare service to the patient and their social network. In addition to formal healthcare services, there is a range of supportive services and resources available to help people living with and beyond cancer (LWBC) to self-manage, including provision by charity providers, community resources and online resources. However, some people may struggle to access such supportive services and resources and this may impact on self-management ability and recovery. We know relatively little about the process of supportive resource use among people LWBC. It is important we understand in more detail the processes of seeking and utilising supportive services and resources, the value and importance of these for people LWBC, the challenges of getting the right support at the right time, and the interaction of these resources with formal health care services. This study will:

  • understand the work involved for cancer survivors and their supportive others in the process of seeking and utilising supportive services and resources for self-management and recovery of health and wellbeing post cancer treatment.
  • characterise influences on cancer survivors’ capacity to seek and utilise supportive services and resources for self-management.
  • provide a theoretical explanation of how cancer survivors connect with and mobilise supportive services and resources to support self-management and recovery, and how this has implications for their use of formal health care services.
  • provide recommendations for improving the relevance and accessibility of supportive services and resources for cancer survivors.

Research group

Cancer and Life Limiting Conditions

Research theme

Health Needs

Research project(s)

Development, implementation and evaluation of the True NTH Supported Self Management and Follow Up Care Programme

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer amongst men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Survival rates for prostate cancer are high. Men who have completed treatment for prostate cancer will typically attend regular, face-to-face reviews in the hospital clinic for up to 10 years. There is a need for alternative models of follow- up care: prostate cancer services are under increasing pressure due to numbers of men and a shortage of specialist nursing staff, and men report high levels of continuing unmet need in relation to their prostate cancer.

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