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Despite the global prevalence of adolescents with psychosomatic symptoms leading to functional impairment and the high healthcare utilisation in this segment, there are knowledge gaps on local prevalence, underlying risk factors and intervention strategies. These gaps are addressed by a new research theme focusing on vulnerable adolescents, via the following strategies:
Recognising that vulnerability starts early in life, and there is a vicious cycle of increasing obesity and poor mental health in the population, interventions targeting the critical window of developmental plasticity are needed to prevent and address the trajectory of increased health risk across life stages. Interventions during the postpartum period have the potential to confer long-term maternal-child benefits and promote a virtuous cycle of health. Besides, family-based interventions combining dietary, physical activity and behavioural interventions have shown to be best practice in the management of childhood obesity. CPHRI is in collaboration with KK Women's & Children's Hospital and Maternal & Child Health Research Institute to develop research programmes to address these issues.
This theme aims to address the gaps in diabetes and hypertension self-management among high-risk individuals who continue to have poorly controlled diabetes. This theme will address these gaps via the following strategies:
This theme aims to address the gaps in understanding the mechanisms underlying the functioning of complex integrated programmes in different contexts, the under-studied wider determinants of health, innovative approaches to improve self-management and social connectedness as well as actionable insights for improving long-term caregiving outcomes of complex patient. This theme will address these gaps via the following strategies:
This theme aims to address the gaps in the large, pre-frail segment within the ageing population and the medicalisation of frailty assessments, which neglects seniors who do not yet meet arbitrary thresholds but may be amenable to early intervention. This theme will address these gaps via the following strategies:
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