Chronic conditions management

Overview

Our research involves interdisciplinary teams working collaboratively across nursing, pharmacy, medicine, public health, exercise physiology, cells and tissues, epidemiology and dieticians, as well as with consumer representatives. It aims to support the one in five Australians that the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports are affected by multiple chronic diseases, making research in the area essential for supporting a growing need in the population.

Researchers focus on mentorship and team building, and are driven to secure funding, produce original research outcomes and publish high-quality papers. We have a record of successful team building across staff and student groups in research and postgraduate areas.

Research programs

Our research activities address priority issues in health care, including:

  • cancer care
  • chronic kidney disease
  • women's health
  • cardiovascular disease.

Expertise

Cancer care

The current research in this area has two streams. The first stream focuses on issues related to the long-term outcomes of cancer treatments, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The second stream concentrates on collaborative interventions to assess and manage the toxicities of acute cancer treatments.

Research project examples

  • Men’s wellness program: a structured health promotion program for men treated for prostate cancer
  • Preventing and managing the toxicities of cancer treatments (heart failure, cognitive dysfunction)
  • Working with clinicians to determine fitness for treatment of older cancer patients
  • Evaluation of chemotherapy administration in the home

Chronic kidney disease

Lead researcher
Professor Ann Bonner

Our research in this area focuses on:

  • health literacy, knowledge and self-management practices of people with chronic kidney disease and renal replacement therapies
  • improving renal healthcare practices
  • end of life care.

Research project examples

  • End of life pathways tracking study for people with chronic kidney disease
  • Evaluating integrated nurse practitioner chronic disease care model
  • Impact of proactive planning for conservative treatment without dialysis in selected patients with advanced kidney disease
  • Depression, anxiety and stress in people receiving haemodialysis

Women's health

Lead researcher
Dr Amanda McGuire

Research project examples

  • Younger women’s wellness after cancer program
  • Women’s wellness after cancer program
  • Enhancing Indigenous women's wellness: Strengthening and supporting indigenous women in the management and prevention of diabetes
  • InterLACE: International collaboration for a life course approach to reproductive health and chronic disease events

Health services

Lead researcher
Professor Glenn Gardner

Research includes health service innovation and advanced nursing roles. Our research into the role of nurse practitioners resulted in development of practice, education and authorisation standards for nurse practitioners in Australia.

Research project examples

  • Making nursing work: developing a national framework for advanced practice in nursing
  • Answer 4 Nursing: a national survey scoping advanced practice nursing roles and titles
  • Educating for health service reform: clinical learning, governance and capability
  • A prospective evaluation of the impact of the nurse practitioner role on emergency department service and outcomes

Intensive care nursing research and acute care skin integrity

Lead researcher
Professor Fiona Coyer

Research goals include the development of evidence-based approaches to nursing care and management of the mechanically ventilated critically ill patient in intensive care.

Research project examples

  • Pressure mapping and tissue perfusion in critically ill patients
  • Translating pressure injury prevention evidence into practice
  • Incontinence-associated dermatitis in critical care
  • Establishment of Intensive Care Nursing Professorial Unit at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital

Centre for Evidence-Based Healthy Ageing

The Centre for Evidence-Based Healthy Ageing (CEBHA) has achieved Centre of Excellence status with the Joanna Briggs Institute, University of Adelaide.

Wound healing and care

Lead researcher
Professor Helen Edwards
Mid-career researcher
Dr Kathleen Finlayson
Early-career researcher
Dr Christina Parker

Research project examples

  • Identifying lower limb perfusion status in patients with mild and severe chronic venous insufficiency
  • Improving wound management for residents in aged care facilities
  • Identifying effective interventions to prevent recurrence of venous leg ulcers in adults with chronic venous insufficiency
  • Investigating the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for healing chronic venous leg ulcers
  • Validation and implementation of risk assessment tools to manage and prevent venous leg ulcers
  • Identifying the relationships between symptom clusters, biological markers and their impact on chronic wound healing
  • Clinical pathways and models of care to facilitate evidence based care

Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre

Lead researcher
Professor Helen Edwards

The Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre is an Australian collaborative research initiative to transform outcomes. Led by QUT, it has 22 partners including health care providers, government, industry and university research institutes. Research priorities include industry guided development of promising wound technologies and supporting related projects.

Impact

Chronic Kidney Disease Centre of Research Excellence

QUT was involved in the establishment of the first Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in chronic kidney disease (CKD), funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The CRE is moving research towards improving detection of CKD, slowing progression and reducing cardiovascular deaths. An aspect of this research is facilitating better care pathways, with the aim of decelerating rising rates of renal replacement therapy (RRT) and a rationalisation of resources.

Establishment of the effectiveness of an innovative community intervention for clients with chronic leg ulcers

Professor Helen Edwards has led two studies which have demonstrated that a community Leg Club for people with chronic leg ulcers can improve healing rates compared to standard individual in home visits. Improvements have also been demonstrated in pain, oedema, functional ability, quality of life and morale. In addition, the new model of care has shown to be cost effective for the community organisation.

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