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Archive for February, 2016

PenCHORD building international research collaborations

Posted on February 25th 2016
in Research Funding

PenCHORD giving presentation

PenCLAHRC’s operational research group, PenCHORD, has been awarded funding to help them build links with international research partners.

The funding will enable the team to invite overseas researchers to visit and explore the possibilities for future projects and publications. It will also be used to engage with research abroad in similar research areas. The funding is provided by the University of Exeter Medical School’s Internationalisation Fund and is available until July 2016 and will be used to support collaborative meetings.

PenCHORD Director, Professor Martin Pitt, and Associate Research Fellow Dr Sebastian Rachuba, have well-established links to a number of overseas researchers through...

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Outcome of PenCLAHRC Research Prioritisation 2015

Posted on February 18th 2016
in Uncategorised

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Throughout the year, PenCLAHRC encourages healthcare professionals and those using the health service across the South West to contact us with research questions, which could potentially be developed further into research projects. Due to the large number of questions received, we run a research prioritisation process to decide which questions we will take on and explore further.

The 2015 round of research prioritisation concluded just before Christmas. This round considered 68 questions in total, with stakeholders from our partner organisations across the South West voting to create a shortlist of 10 questions.

Our partners then met on the 14th December to discuss...

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Project estimating the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual community will help address health and wellbeing needs

Posted on February 16th 2016
in Research Funding

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A PenCLAHRC project has received funding from Public Health England (PHE) to model the size of the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) population in England.

PHE requires the information as it has repercussions for the effectiveness of health care provision to the LGB community, and in turn will contribute to fine tuning and improving that provision. A critical requirement for assessing health outcomes by sexual orientation is robust estimates of the size of the population in different sexual orientation groups.

This new project, led by Dr Kerryn Husk, will carry out an analysis of current work in this area. Using past expertise...

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Study investigates the effective diagnosis of heart attacks in patients attending Emergency Departments

Posted on February 14th 2016
in Project update

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Chest pain, which could suggest a heart attack, is the most common cause of emergency hospital admissions in the UK, accounting for six per cent of all attendances to the Emergency Department. If the signs of heart attacks are missed the consequences for patients could be fatal, resulting in pressure for medical practitioners to make an accurate diagnosis.

However, fewer than 35 per cent of patients with chest pain are diagnosed with a heart attack, which means that a significant number of patients - almost two-thirds – may not need to be admitted to hospital.

High sensitivity troponin is a test which...

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Computer models deliver stroke care boost to South West

Posted on February 4th 2016
in Project update

Computer models deliver stroke care boost to South West

People who have had a stroke in Devon are receiving faster and more effective treatment thanks to research that has used the latest advances in computer simulation.

The ground-breaking project has led to a dramatic increase in the number of patients receiving vital clot-busting treatment, and significantly reduced treatment times.

Researchers from PenCLAHRC's operational research team, PenCHORD, teamed up with the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital and the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWAST) to implement the study, which has highlighted the importance of speed when treating people with stroke.

For some patients whose stroke is due to a blood clot...

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