Research within the Swansea Centre for Health Economics at Swansea University has been leading the way in increasing the awareness of the significance of pain to healthcare systems, economies and societies.
The benefits of breastfeeding to both infants and mothers are well documented and include reductions in infant infections, cancers in mothers, cardiovascular disorders in both, and costs to the NHS. These benefits underpin World Health Organisation and UK government policies on infant nutrition. However low breastfeeding rates are a public health problem, which our Medicines’ Management Group is helping to address.
Research at the Department of Psychology led to legislation permitting the use of underage test purchasing of alcohol, the practice of using children to test which licensed premises may be selling alcohol to children below the age of 18. The method is now used routinely by every UK police force and local authority trading standards department (and internationally), and sales of alcohol to minors have fallen by over 60%.
Psychology researchers are leading the way in the development of food items, or in making dietary recommendations that improve either mood or cognition.