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Reducing avoidable acute admissions to hospitals

Posted on January 29th 2016
in Project update

A&E hospital sign

A team from PenCLAHRC investigating how hospitals try to avoid unnecessary emergency admissions has identified a series of innovations that can help to address this pressing problem.

Emergency admissions to UK hospitals are on the rise, and in recent months, an increasing number of hospitals have been put on black alert as a result of these added pressures. There is evidence that a significant proportion of acute hospital admissions are avoidable, and hospitals across the country have introduced a range of innovative initiatives to try to avoid these unnecessary admissions. Until now, there has been no research to investigate how well...

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Is the school environment having an impact on pupils' weight?

Posted on January 13th 2016
in Project update

Is the school environment having an impact on pupils' weight?

New research from PenCLAHRC has explored the influence that the primary school environment has on the weight of young children.

The research, led by Dr Andrew Williams at the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, and conducted with colleagues at PenCLAHRC, used data from the National Child Measurement Programme, to look at whether the school environment has an effect on the weight of pupils.

Previous research on childhood obesity has considered schools to be an important environment for children, with the potential to influence their exercise and eating habits and, therefore, a large number of interventions to tackle childhood obesity...

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