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Professor Sara Demain

Professor Sara Demain

 PhD, MSc, MCSP
Head of School

Research interests

  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Self-Management of Long-Term Conditions
  • Neurological Rehabilitation

More research

Connect with Sara

Email: sara.demain@soton.ac.uk

Address: B67, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ (View in Google Maps)

Research

Research interests

  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Self-Management of Long-Term Conditions
  • Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation Technologies
  • Person-Centered Care

Current research

1. The ENABLE study: Understanding and characterising the value and role of self-management support for people living with cancer that is treatable but not curable. Led by Lynn Calman this study aims to examine the value, role and outcomes of Self-management Support (SMS) in this patient group by: 1. Examining the meaning and value of the concept of SMS; 2. Characterising the roles undertaken by patients, carers and HCPs to support self-management in the context of incurable disease; 3. Identifying what resources and support are needed and used by people to help them manage the impact of cancer and its treatment; and, 4. identifying and mapping areas of consensus (and disparity) regarding conceptualisations and outcomes of SMS

2. The IMPS study: Comparing the Impact of an Implicit Learning Approach with Standard Care on Recovery of mobility post-stroke. Led by Louise Johnson, this study is a multicentre, assessor blind, cluster randomised controlled pilot trial, with embedded feasibility study. It also includes a nested qualitative evaluation, designed to explore the views of participants and therapists.

3. How is risk conceptualised and managed in stroke rehabilitation. This is a doctoral research study, led by Shae Jackon and supervised by Sara Demain and Dorit Kunkel. Shae is particularly interested in exploring the unintended consequences of risk management, and the impacts this may have on biopsychosocial factors such as identity, choice, and the things that give life meaning.

4. Tulong, Ugnayan ng Lingap At gabaY (TULAY):Co-designing Philippines' Community Physical Rehabilitation. Funded by NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Research (Global HPSR) Programme, this 48 month study aims to co-design and implement a sustainable self-management community-based programme for
physical rehabilitation in the Philippines, using stroke as the test-case, and evaluate its impact on self-management skills, patient well-being and self-efficacy.

 

Research projects

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