Self-Care Projects

In 2016, we reviewed self-care research published so far. We were really surprised to find that there was hardly any!

We worked with parents, young people and professionals to identify that research into supporting self-care in children is needed, and to develop a plan for that research should be. Our Self-Care Hub projects:

  1. Explores what early self-care development looks like in children, i.e. its ‘natural history’.
  2. Develop self-care interventions that work and are worth families’ and providers’ time and effort, i.e. are cost-effective.
  3. Develop user-friendly ways to deliver self-care interventions and support.

Our current self-care studies:

Early developmental trajectories of self-care (EASIER). PhD study, Newcastle University. 2017-2022

The role of physical activity in explaining self-care outcomes in under5s. Secondary data from the ActiveCHILD study. 06/2016-10/2021

Enabling self-care in children with developmental disabilities: pre-protocol research for a cluster randomised trial. UKOTRF. 10/2018-09/2020

Completed projects:

A rapid review and co-design of self-care interventions. FMSEngage. Main results are here.

A rapid systematic review of community interventions to support safe and sustainable stay at home for children with complex healthcare needs. HEE/NIHR Internship. Manuscript under review.

Proof-of-concept pilot of the Menu of Self-Care Interventions. MSc study, Newcastle University. Manuscript under review.