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Best of CLAHRC West

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The Best of CLAHRC West highlights some of the applied research projects we’ve worked on over the five years we were operating as NIHR CLAHRC West.

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CLAHRC West newsletter 1 July 2019

NEWSLETTER

In this edition: The Best of CLAHRC West; Lack of evidence in guidelines for monitoring chronic diseases; GPs should not use inflammatory marker tests to rule out serious conditions

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3D study: Managing multimorbidity in primary care

ARC BITE

The 3D study was the largest ever trial of an intervention for people with multimorbidity, with 1,546 patients recruited. It was a randomised control trial, the best test of any medical intervention. It evaluated a patient-centred intervention, the 3D approach, to improve how GP practices manage and care for patients with multimorbidity.

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Overcoming Barriers: Autism in the Somali Community

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Overcoming Barriers is a short film exploring perceptions of autism in the Somali community and the experiences of parents accessing support for their children. Their stories are interwoven with the perspectives of professionals from health, social care and education who support these families.

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Preventing post-operative urinary retention

ARC BITE

We reviewed the literature to identify the factors influencing whether a patient will develop urinary retention and what can be done to prevent and treat it.

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Investigating a single blood test to screen for prostate cancer (the CAP trial)

ARC BITE

The Cluster Randomized Trial of PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer (CAP) study aimed to see if inviting men to have a single PSA blood test would reduce the number of men dying from prostate cancer.

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The impact of policy changes to gluten-free food prescriptions

ARC BITE

Some clinical commissioning groups have already brought in full or partial bans on GPs prescribing gluten-free foods to people with coeliac disease, and the Department of Health and Social Care has introduced policies to limit prescriptions to certain gluten-free items. The overall aim of this study was to investigate the potential impact of policy changes on patients and NHS spending.

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Evaluating an online consultation system in GP practices

ARC BITE

NHS England is investing £45 million in implementing online consultation systems in GP practices, aiming to improve patient access to health advice and reduce the use of face-to-face GP appointments. We evaluated eConsult, a web-based platform that patients access from their GP practice’s website.

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Improving the response to domestic violence in sexual health clinics

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Forty-seven per cent of women attending sexual health services will have experienced domestic violence and abuse (DVA) at some point in their lives. Most sexual health professionals haven’t had much training in identifying and responding to DVA.

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Alcohol dependency and malnutrition among homeless people

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Many homeless people drink heavily and don’t eat enough. Advice on preventing malnutrition is often unsuitable for homeless people, who have no cooking facilities and little money. To find the best way to tackle this problem, we reviewed the findings of research studies on this topic.

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