Health in Context

Our research aims to contextualise health and take account of family, community, institutional and societal factors.

We recognise that people’s behaviour is influenced by a whole host of factors including the families they are brought up in, the environment in which they live and work, and their religious and cultural heritage. A number of different levels are involved: the intra-personal (individual characteristics), inter-personal (social networks), institutional, community, public policy (including global policy) and international events (e.g. migration). A dynamic interaction exists between these levels and our research aims to recognise the complexities of health and healthcare.

We undertake applied health services research specialising in the evaluation of interventions and evidence syntheses. Our researchers work in a wide range of contexts, from general medical and dental practice, to vision services and palliative care. We have common interests in qualitative, quantitative, systematic review, bioethics and clinical trial methodologies, and researching peoples’ behaviour within the context of social groups and their environment. We have a particular interest in research which is relevant to low socio-economic populations.

Main areas of research and expertise

Bioethics and empirical ethics

Interdisciplinary research at the interface between social science and bioethics as well as research into the philosophical issues raised by the practice of medicine and developments in biotechnology.


Health inequalities

Working with a wide range of health partners and public and patient representatives to deliver applied research designed to decrease health inequalities and improve the health of the population of the NW Coast.


Mental Health

Working to improve primary and community mental health care with a critical perspective on diagnosis and management approaches.


Palliative care

Innovative assessment and interventions for complex symptoms (particularly psychosocial symptoms) within palliative and supportive care; equity of access to services for all disease groups and carer needs and support.


Primary care

The delivery and organisation of effective and cost-effective primary healthcare, as well as health and well-being interventions in community and intermediate care settings.


Public health dentistry

Informing policy and practice to lead to effective delivery of oral health care and prevention of disease in individuals, communities and populations.


Systematic reviews

We have considerable expertise in systematic review methods, most notably in the Liverpool Reviews and Implementation Group (LRiG) which has major funding from NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme on behalf of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).


Vision science

Investigations relating to visual impairment in acquired brain injury and neurological conditions.