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- Collective efficacy measure.
We want to develop a new tool to measure how effective people’s personal communities (social networks) are in providing support for long-term condition management. We will be working with people with a range of long-term conditions and people who care for them who will help us develop a long list of relevant questions. We will send this out to a larger group of people with long-term conditions and use statistical analysis to come up with a short list of suitable and viable questions. From this we will develop a questionnaire.
- Self-management modelling.
We will be working with experts in operational research and modelling in the methodological hub to create models to help plan adoption and scalability of a social network approach to provide self-management support. We will have a focus on mobilising support outside routine health service provision.
- Analysis of network typologies.
We want to use the data we have gathered to study the characteristics of people’s support networks and come up with a description of the types of network that form the personal communities of people with long-term conditions. We will explore how the different networks support self-management and how they are associated with health and wellbeing.