Centre for Applied Health Research
The Centre for Applied Health Research (CAHR) works across professions and disciplines to conduct and support research that addresses challenges across health, well-being and social care.
Our researchers are experts in nursing, allied health, public health, diagnostic imaging, psychology, interdisciplinary mental health, neurodevelopmental disorders and digital information systems. Our research is largely applied in nature, spans all parts of the lifecourse and often uses technology and digital solutions to solve real world problems and make positive changes within society.
In the recent REF assessment exercise, our staff were returned to UoA3 (allied health) and UoA34 (Culture, communication and library and information management) where our impact case studies were graded as either outstanding or very considerable in terms of impact reach and significance.
For example, using social media, our research has improved awareness and knowledge about health for pregnant women, improved social support during pregnancy and reduced the anxiety of pregnant women. For patients with chronic kidney disease our research with social media has improved awareness and support and self-management of their condition. By researching digital mammography techniques, we have developed and published new standards which are embedded in UK and European breast services leading to improvements in client experiences, reduced pain levels and improvements in detecting benign and malignant disease. Through research that promotes “no-harm” approaches to global health placements in low-middle income countries we have impacted on health systems change in relation to see and treat services for cervical screening in Uganda and by using social science-led, multi-disciplinary approach our research has demonstrated how holistic systems change can be applied to tackle Anti-Microbial Resistance in LMICs such as Uganda.
We work closely and collaboratively with service users and partners across the NHS, local authorities, the third sector and commercial organisations to ensure our work is relevant and feeds into practice and policy at local, national and international levels.
Funded by Research Councils, local authorities, NHS bodies and charities, and with researchers working across areas our key strengths include digital health and imaging, long term conditions, care across the lifecourse, mental health and neurodiversity and health equity and inequalities.
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