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The University of Southampton
Health Sciences

Research Themes

Our research is concentrated into four main themes; Active Living, Health Needs, Fundamental Care and Health Work. Research is carried out within up to three groups within each theme.


The Active Living theme aims to enable active living across the life span for healthy ageing, focusing on rehabilitation for people with musculoskeletal, neurological and respiratory conditions.

Active Living for Health

This group research focuses on enabling lifelong active living to enhance musculoskeletal health and general health.


Research in the Health Needs theme aims to advance understanding of the ways that life-changing and life-limiting conditions impact on individuals and families.

Ageing and Dementia

Our research focuses on improving quality of life and care for older people with complex health conditions.

Cancer and Life Limiting Conditions

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.

Long term conditions

Implementation research takes a systems approach to the design, development, evaluation and delivery of healthcare services.


Fundamental Care looks at elements of care and safety that are essential for maintenance of health and dignity.

Bladder & Bowel Management

Our research focuses on technologies and strategies designed to contain or drain urine/faeces and those that prevent or minimise incontinence and its effects on quality of life.

Skin Health

Our research focuses on strategies designed to maintain skin health.


The Health Work theme explores organisations and structures surrounding care and services.

Health Workforce & Systems

Our research focusses on the configuration of the health care workforce to ensure safe and high quality care.

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