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Research and Projects

This page provides more detail about the portfolio of PenCLAHRC projects. There are a variety of routes through which research questions become projects, but our adoption processes have the same three key aims:   

  • Conduct patient-focused research reflecting the needs of the public and the NHS
  • Support evidence-based service change for the benefit of patients and the public
  • Build capacity within the local health economy to generate and effectively use the results of research

In the pages below you can find out more information about many of our current and completed projects. You can filter content by PenCLAHRC's research themes, status, or by keywords.

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'My Nature' - Supporting healthcare professionals to improve older people’s sensory experiences of the natural world

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

Enhancing quality of life for older people living in residential/nursing care by developing a toolkit for staff to help residents engage with nature, in collaboration with the Sensory Trust. Read more

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(DiScOVer) - Dynamic Splinting of Vertebral fractures

Theme: Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

Can dynamic orthotics/bracing reduce pain, and improve function, confidence and wellbeing in people with osteoporotic vertebral fractures? Read more

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A new model of prescribing for multi-morbid patients taking multiple prescribed medications

Theme: Person-Centred Care
Status: Complete

In multi morbid patients taking multiple prescribed medications, can a new model of prescribing reduce treatment burden and optimise individually appropriate medicine? Read more

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A systematic review of physical activity for alcohol and substance use disorders: evidence synthesis with stakeholder engagement to formulate practical recommendations

Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments
Status: Live

A systematic review examining the evidence for the efficacy of physical activity interventions for alcohol and substance use disorders with input from stakeholders. Read more

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

Theme: Healthy People, Healthy Environments
Status: Live

A systematic review of the health and well-being impacts of school gardening: synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence Read more

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AHSN/PenCHORD project - Cardiac Troponin: Diagnosing heart attacks in A&E

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Complete

High sensitivity troponin (hs-cTn) for the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction in A&E – modelling the impact of implementing hs-cTn in the South West. Read more

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Antipsychotic prescribing in people with dementia resident in care homes

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Complete

A systematic review of antipsychotic prescribing in people with dementia resident in care homes Read more

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APPEAL (Antenatal Preventative Pelvic floor Exercises and Localisation) - Delivery of Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise Education for Women During Pregnancy

Theme: Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

This NIHR Programme Grant funded project aims to prevent pregnancy- and childbirth-related urinary incontinence by increasing the number of women doing pelvic floor muscle exercises during pregnancy. Read more

Event title

Association between father’s depression and interparental relationship

Theme: Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

The strength of the association between father’s depression and interparental relationship: a systematic review and meta-analysis Read more

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Avoidable Acute Admissions (AAA)

Theme: Person-Centred Care
Status: Complete

How can frontline expertise and new models of care best contribute to safely reducing avoidable acute admissions? Read more

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Searching Advice Clinic for Systematic Reviews In response to popular demand, this clinic has been added...
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Job Opportunity – PenCLAHRC Research Fellow (Information Specialist)

15 June 2018

The University of Plymouth are looking to recruit a Research Fellow (Information Specialist) within PenCLAHRC. The key purpose of...
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PenCHORD: Helping the NHS make informed decisions using operational research

04 June 2018

Deputy Director of PenCLAHRC, Professor Ken Stein, and Director of PenCHORD, Professor Martin Pitt, have...
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EST workshop collaboration with CLAHRC North Thames

29 May 2018

Members of the Evidence Synthesis Team (EST) have recently travelled to London to collaborate with...
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Research Projects

UNTEST

Theme: Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine

How can we help GPs make better use of thyroid function tests?
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Sharing Evidence Routine for a Patient Centred Plan of Action (SHERPA)

Theme: Person-Centred Care

This project aims to offer a structured approach for GP trainees to manage consultations with...
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Research Projects