People living with kidney disease are high users of health, social care and third sector services. WKRU prioritises social care research questions and supports setting up of research development groups (RDGs) to address priority social care research questions. Health and social care professionals can integrate social care research questions within health-focussed research proposals or undertake stand alone social care research.
Recently completed projects include exploring family experiences and impact of the “opt out” organ donation legislation in Wales. Ongoing research areas include transition of adolescent renal patients to adult services, exploring gender issues in renal disease, social care needs of older people with chronic kidney disease and patient decision-making concerning treatment options in chronic kidney disease.
We bring people together from the Multi-Disciplinary teams (MDTs), renal services, third sector and local authority organisations. Together with patients these groups are vital for developing key research questions, Research Development Groups (RDGs) and increasing Patient and Public representatives (PPIs).
Contact WKRU@bangor.ac.uk if you are interested in renal social care research including; undertaking a PhD, need general support and advice, have a social care topic you think might be suitable for further research, signposting to additional partners, would like to put together a Research Development Group to write a research proposal.
See our impact case study pages for examples of recently completed and new renal social care research studies