Our research

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Research within Nursing & Healthcare at the University of Glasgow is underpinned by a central core theme: Supporting and implementing person-centred culture and care in clinical practice.   Research undertaken within this theme comprises a portfolio of 3 and 4*, internationally recognised, globally relevant research undertaken within a range of contexts, embedded within a culture of meaningful patient involvement and public engagement. Our research activities are responsive to strategic health policy priorities around person-centred care but focus specifically on addressing the gap between policy and practice in the delivery and implementation of person-centred care, predominantly within the contexts of two core areas: supportive cancer care and palliative and end of life care.   

We have a particular interest in undertaking applied health research that aims to describe and understand the contexts and mechanisms that are conducive to promoting and supporting a shift in culture around person-centred practice across health and social care settings (and beyond); that improves meaningful outcomes for patients, families, practitioners and third sector partners; and which informs transferable models of care, implementation, and service delivery across integrated healthcare systems. Research within both core areas employ mixed methods, are underpinned by the use of theory, and encourage and embed meaningful patient and public engagement in all stages of our research activities. For more information on our patient and public involvement group, please follow the link. Our research activities parallel the University’s mission and values in the pursuit and sharing of knowledge and research that has real impact on, connects, and engages local, national and global partners and communities.