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The University of Southampton
Primary Care

Supportive self management


Chronic conditions affect millions in the UK. Primary care plays a central role in supporting people to effectively manage their conditions whilst leading full, active lives. We have research streams exploring the progression to chronicity and behavioural and pharmacological management strategies through qualitative work, systematic reviews, database studies and clinical trials.

Support for self-care is a powerful way to improve health and well-being for the increasing number of people living with long-term conditions, and vital for a sustainable NHS. Digital interventions (such as websites and apps, often supported by input from health professionals) can be cost-effective in improving health outcomes and quality of life while also improving reach and access of services.

We have research streams developing and testing strategies to support self-care in collaboration with colleagues from the Centre of Applied Health Psychology at the University of Southampton.

These include:

Research on the pharmacological management of conditions includes insomnia (Hazel Everitt), irritable bowel syndrome (Hazel Everitt), eczema (Miriam Santer), acne (Miriam Santer) and chronic rhinosinusitis (Mike Thomas - MACRO)

National database studies are being used to determine predictors of severity and trends in COPD (Mike Thomas) and depression (Tony Kendrick).

We are working closely with members of the public, clinicians and policy makers to rapidly adapt and share the Germ Defence website, which helps people protect themselves from coronavirus (COVID-19) (Paul Little).

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