Publications

Evaluating an online consultation system in GP practices

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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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Supporting children exposed to domestic violence: call for stronger evidence base

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Services for children who are exposed to domestic violence and abuse are vital, but our researchers have found that there is little evidence for what support works best.

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Interventions to reduce the effects of financial hardship on depression and anxiety

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Economic recession leads to more unemployment, debt, depression and suicide. Our systematic review found that job clubs appear to be effective in reducing depression in people who lose their jobs, particularly those at high risk of depression. Evidence for other forms of support is limited.

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Interpretation of regulatory framework stands in the way of NHS use of cheaper therapy for eye conditions

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Eye injection drugs recommended by NICE cost the NHS up to £447 million a year, but could be replaced by an unlicensed drug costing as much as ten times less. Use of the licensed drugs has increased three-fold over the last five years, with some parts of England treating five times as many patients as others.

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Evaluating a real-time feedback app to improve staff engagement

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The Staff Participation Engagement and Communication application (SPEaC-app), also known as Happy App by staff from University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol), collects real-time, work-related mood feedback. CLAHRC West was research and evaluation partner on the project to develop and roll out the app across the trust.

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Working with the Bristol Somali community to improve outcomes for children with autism

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The needs and experiences of Somali families with children with autism aren’t well understood. We worked in partnership with Autism Independence (AI), a community group that supports Somali families affected by autism, to understand their experiences.

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Evaluating new investment in liaison psychiatry services at University Hospitals Bristol

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Extending the operating hours of the liaison psychiatry service at the Bristol Royal Infirmary’s (BRI) Emergency Department (ED) has led to improved care and outcomes for patients who have self-harmed, our economic evaluation has found.

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Low versus high dead space syringes

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Our research found that people who inject drugs support the use of detachable low dead space syringes. Evidence suggests that low dead space syringes with detachable needles could reduce the chance of spreading infections.

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