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 develop a plan for what self-care research is needed. Under this plan, our Self-Care Hub now:

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

The image below is an overview of our self-care research and its different bits fit to the bigger picture. Details for current and completed studies are below.

Programme flowchart for web 6

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.