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Evidence Synthesis Team Reviews

Mental Health and Dementia

The effects of animals on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes. Visit project page 

Dissemination and implementation in dementia care. Visit project page

A systematic review of the effectiveness of TNFα inhibitors to reduce depression in chronic physical illness. Visit project page

The impact of using outdoor space, such as gardens, on the physical and mental well-being of those with dementia. Visit project page

Antipsychotic prescribing in people with dementia resident in care homes. Visit project page

Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness based cognitive therapy in vascular disease:  A systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Visit project page

The prevalence of psychiatric disorders or emotional and behavioural disturbance (diagnosed and undiagnosed) in children who have been excluded from school. Visit project page

The effect of teacher-led interventions on a social and emotional behaviour in primary school children: a systematic review (Teacher training potential to improve social and emotional behaviour in children). Visit project page

Non pharmacological interventions for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) delivered in school settings: a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative research. Visit project page

Treatment Resistant Depression: A Delphi Study. Visit project page

The strength of the association between father’s depression and interparental relationship:  a systematic review and meta-analysis. Visit project page

Is adherence to a Mediterranean diet associated with cognitive function and dementia? Visit project page

The effects of elimination and supplementation diets on symptoms of ADHD. Visit project page


Healthy People, Healthy Environments

A systematic review of the effectiveness of mealtime interventions in elderly people living in residential care. Visit project page

Does participating in physical activity in outdoor natural environments have a greater effect on physical and mental wellbeing than physical activity indoors?  A systematic review. Visit project page

The effectiveness of interventions with healthcare practitioners to promote psychological wellbeing and change health behaviours: A systematic review. Visit project page

Are interventions to reduce the impact of arsenic contamination of groundwater on human health and crop productivity in developing countries effective? Visit project page

A systematic review and meta-analysis of the impact of volunteering on the health of volunteers. Visit project page

A systematic review of the health and well-being impacts of school gardening: synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence. Visit project page


Person-Centred Care

Is a home visit service from a community pharmacist effective and cost effective for elderly and/or vulnerable populations? A systematic review. Visit project page

Cochrane review of patient-initiated clinics in secondary care for people with chronic disease. Visit project page

Systematic review of patient-initiated clinics (PICs) in patients with chronic or recurrent conditions managed in secondary care. Visit project page

What are the benefits and costs of providing peer support to parents of disabled children? Visit project page


Diagnostics and Stratified Medicine

UNTEST: A systematic review of interventions to reduce unnecessary thyroid function tests. Visit project page


Evidence for Policy and Practice

Understanding and developing methods to synthesise evidence of implementation and knowledge translation. Visit project page

Are telephone consultations a safe and effective method of providing routine follow-up in secondary care for patients following a routine surgical procedure? Visit project page

Cochrane review of pharmacological, psychosocial and dietary interventions for children with recurrent abdominal pain. Visit project page

The effectiveness of interventions to reduce acute paediatric hospital admissions. Visit project page

Informing the NHS outcomes framework: what outcomes of NHS care should be measured for children with neurodisability? Visit project page

Sleep positioning for children with cerebral palsy: a systematic review. Visit project page

Multi-component interventions for preventing falls and fall-related injuries among older people: systematic review and meta-regression. Visit project page

Implementation of falls prevention programmes. Visit project page


Upcoming Events


PPI Advice Clinic

Plymouth, ITTC Building (PL6 8BX)

Whatever your query, from finding out more about Patient and Public Involvement to creating a PPI...
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Searching and Review Clinic

The University of Exeter, St Luke's campus, South Cloisters (Room 2.35)

These clinics have been set up to help the PenCLAHRC Evidence Synthesis Team to manage and respond...
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Dr Nick Axford appointed as Associate Professor

21 April 2017

Dr Nick Axford joins PenCLAHRC this week as Associate Professor in Health Services and will...
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Want to stay mentally healthy in older age? Stimulate your brain in early life

20 April 2017

Stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education...
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Job Opportunity - Trial Manager

10 April 2017

The University of Exeter Medical School is seeking a Trial Manager to take a lead...
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Research Projects

Comprehensive Mouth Care and Post-operative Pneumonia (CUPPA)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

A pilot study to see if comprehensive mouth-care reduces the incidence of post-operative pneumonia in...
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Changing Agendas on Sleep, Treatment and Learning in Epilepsy - A long term condition of children (CASTLE)

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

PenCRU and the Evidence Synthesis Team are working with families, charities and health professionals specialising...
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Research Projects