Our research projects are listed by area below (click the heading links for further information about research in each area):
The role, function and design of kitchens within the lives of people aged over 60.
Rates of diabetes in pregnancy are increasing rapidly; a trend that looks likely to continue. Diabetes can lead to serious complications for women and babies during pregnancy and birth. Pre-conception care is known to have a positive impact on these health risks; however, the uptake can be low and it is not clear how improve this. Why do some women not access pre-conception services? Understanding that women do not always ‘plan’ a pregnancy will be part of the solution.
The overall aim of the study is to understand and investigate the acceptability, or otherwise, of intrauterine contraception (the intrauterine system ‘IUS’ and the intrauterine device ‘IUD’) amongst women across the age range 18-49. It will also explore any barriers that can be identified by two groups of professionals: general practitioners, and practice nurses. The study is funded by Bayer PLC, and is being undertaken by The Open University in collaboration with Anglia Ruskin University.
The study aims to explore the behavioural, social and service related factors that are associated with unintended and unwanted pregnancy amongst young women (under 25 years). The study uses a multi-stranded approach to investigate different aspects of young women’s experiences of one or more unintended pregnancies and abortion. Component 1 is an audit of UK abortion service provider Marie Stopes International (MSI) data over the past 5 years for clients aged 16-24 years. Component 2 involves a cross-sectional survey among MSI clients aged 16-24 years who have had an abortion for the first time, or a subsequent abortion. Component 3 is a longitudinal investigation using in-depth qualitative interviews with 40 to 60 young women who have had one or more abortions. Funded by, and being undertaken in collaboration with, Marie Stopes International.
Abortion, contraceptive uptake and use among young women: a quantitative survey (pdf)
Young women's experiences of unintended pregnancies: A qualitative study (pdf)
Young women’s experiences of unintended pregnancy and abortion: Key findings (pdf)
Hormonal contraceptives (the Pill, contraceptive implant, Depo-Provera injection, and Mirena coil) can cause side-effects; the most common being changes to uterine bleeding patterns. This study aims to provide in-depth insight into the specific factors associated with bleeding, by examining young women’s informal learning and vernacular knowledge about menstruation and contraception, and analysing the impact this has on their contraceptive decision making. The study is funded by the British Academy. This research is funded by the NIHR’s HTA programme and is being conducted by The Open University in collaboration with Birmingham Heartlands Hospital and University of Birmingham.