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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: Live

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

Event title

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

Event title

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 - Achieving step change in the emergency stroke pathway across the South West peninsula

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

A project looking to reduce stroke-related disability in the South West by accelerating the real-world implementation of clinical evidence for thrombolysis treatment after acute ischaemic stroke. Read more

Event title

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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AHSN/PenCLAHRC project - Patient-initiated clinics (PIC) for people with long-term conditions

Theme: Person-Centred Care
Status: Complete

Programme of work looking at the implementation and evaluation of patient-initiated clinics (PIC). Read more

Event title

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

Upcoming Events

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31

Health Economics Workshop with Antonieta...

Baring Court 202 - St Lukes Campus - University of Exeter

Health Economics Workshop - In this one day workshop, participants will be introduced to key principles...
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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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News

PenCLAHRC joins EU network for cost containment and improved quality of healthcare

25 May 2017

The escalating cost of healthcare is a problem common to all EU countries and national...
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Self-harm in schools collaboration reveals need for new training and interventions

24 May 2017

A GW4-funded collaboration between researchers from PenCLAHRC and GW4 universities has revealed gaps in provision...
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PenCLAHRC dementia research makes the news

23 May 2017

A PenCLAHRC project showing that eating a Mediterranean diet may help reduce the risk of dementia has...
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Research Projects

PenCHORD - Torbay and South Devon stroke care

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

PenCHORD worked with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust to understand the resources needed...
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PenCHORD - STEMI: Appropriate treatment for ST-elevation heart attacks

Theme: Evidence for Policy and Practice

Could thrombolysis treatment from paramedics before being taken to hospital lead to better outcomes for...
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Research Projects