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Dr Rebecca Foster BPharm, PhD

Research Fellow

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Rebecca Foster is a Research Fellow within Health Sciences, University of Southampton. Her research interests include cancer survivorship, supportive cancer care and self management in long term conditions. She is currently working on an evaluation of a new approach to follow up care in prostate cancer. Other recent studies include a longitudinal observational study of cancer survivors following surgical treatment for lung cancer. Rebecca also has an interest in interprofessional education.

I am interested in how we can gather information from people who use health services and, by analysing that information, understand how care processes can be improved.

Becky is a member of the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group. Her research is focussed on understanding the issues affecting survivors of cancer, including health and well-being following treatment and self-management of consequences of treatment. She is primarily involved with the HORIZONS programme – a prospective, cohort study, which is following a group of over 3000 people diagnosed with cancer from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and over the life-course.


Research interests

  • Cancer survivorship
  • Supportive cancer care
  • Cancer outcomes and health services research
  • Self-management following cancer treatment
  • Longitudinal studies

Other research projects

Macmillan HORIZONS programme

Macmillan CREW study

True NTH Supported Self Management and Follow Up Care Programme
Feasibility of establishing a cohort of lung cancer patients treated with curative intent to gather patient reported outcomes

Research group

Cancer & Life Limiting Conditions

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.

The Careers Project

This longitudinal research project is studying the careers of health and social care professionals who graduated from the Universities of Southampton and Portsmouth in 2008

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Book Chapter

  • Dowding, D., Randell, R., Mitchell, N., Foster, R., Lattimer, V., & Thompson, C. (2009). Clinical decision support systems in nursing. In B. Staudinger, V. Höß, & H. Ostermann (Eds.), Nursing and Clinical Informatics: Socio-Technical Approaches Medical Information Science Reference.



Dr Rebecca Foster
University of Southampton Health Sciences Building 67 Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 67/4053/M54

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