A major part of health service activity is related to the treatment and care of people with a chronic illness, including cancer illness and chronic enduring mental illness.
The focus of research in the Chronic Illness and Palliative Care Research Group is health care interventions and care pathways and their effectiveness in chronic illness and cancers, with particular reference to their impact on patient outcomes and the patient experience. Research activity addresses aspects of care with reference to key performance indicators (KPIs) of safe and effective care, like reduced pain, good nutrition, reduced falls, safe drug administration, infection prevention and skin integrity and uses measures of somatic and cognitive function. The Group also focuses on the application of palliative care principles in chronic illness care, cancer illness. The Chronic Illness Research Group is lead by Professor Philip Larkin