Social networks can add collective efficacy, functional performance and structural resilience to both self-care and recovery for health problems. The role of social networks in the recovery and self-management of cancer related consequences, interaction with health care systems, concerns about possible recurrence and lifestyle changes are not adequately understood. This PhD would be orientated to understanding how to situate and mobilise resources for recovery and self- management for this population ground against the background of complex identities, relationships and networks that extend across the boundary between informal healthcare provision and everyday life. Ethnographic techniques, social network analysis, and process tracing methods will be used to explore the experiences of people following a diagnosis of curative cancer. The PhD would address a set of exploratory questions: What social network membership factors are associated with which recovery and self- management trajectories? What role do different social network members play in who provides what type of support and under what circumstances? How do the demographic characteristics of people with curative cancer and their social networks relate to the nature and amount of work done? How would knowledge of networks of support add to theories of recovery and self-management support?
Methods: A mixed methods study of network composition and support with a nested qualitative study would be used to understand, map and characterise the role of social networks in recovery and self-management.
This PhD studentship would be located within the CLAHRC Patient Work theme and the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group’s HORIZONS programme (which involves a number of large prospective cohorts of people diagnosed with a range of cancers).
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