Digital Health Research Group

Overview

Digital technology is ubiquitous in this day and age and nowhere is this more clear than in the field of health. Online health information seeking is considered the third most popular online activity, people are increasingly using mobile and web technologies to track their own health behaviours and health services are using technology to support patient care and professional training.

Digital health has become a recurrent research theme for members of Bournemouth University and it is for this reason that we have set up a multidisciplinary digital health research group. It is our aim in the future to become an internationally recognised centre in digital health research and practice.

Our group aims to:

  • Develop acceptable and effective digital interventions that can work in practice
  • Understand the impact of technology on a person’s health and wellbeing
  • Understand how people self-manage their health conditions using digital technology
  • Explore innovative ways of engaging people in health practice
  • Provide effective education to health professionals

Members of our group have a mix of key multidisciplinary skills including: behaviour change, web design, digital intervention development, gamification, simulation, wireless remote patient monitoring and tracking, education practice, software engineering and programming. Furthermore we have a mix of qualitative and quantitative research expertise to ensure our work is both acceptable and effective in real-world settings.

Example Current Research Projects

Dr Sarah Muir, Dr Katherine Appleton, Dr Sarah Thomas and Colleagues are developing and testing the MotivATE intervention – a pre-treatment web-delivered motivation enhancement intervention for eating disorders.

Contact us

For more information about the Digital Health Research Group please contact Dr Sarah Muir (swilliams@bournemouth.ac.uk)