Health across the life-course

Promoting a holistic view of health and wellbeing at all ages

Our life-course approach provides an alternative framework to a disease-based approach to understanding the health and wellbeing of populations. It promotes a holistic view of people‚Äôs health and wellbeing at all ages, allowing us to explore the interlinkages between health and individual, family, community and societal characteristics and why these factors give rise to health inequalities. 

A life-course perspective also encourages an understanding of the importance of integrating health and other systems in order to prevent illness and support self-management as well as deliver high-quality primary, secondary, tertiary, rehabilitative and end of life care. Both public health and evidence-based practice are core strengths among Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research (PIHR) researchers working under this theme, as is our commitment to knowledge mobilisation.