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Archive for April, 2016

Working with music groups to improve recovery for people with aphasia

Posted on April 27th 2016
in Project update

Group of people singing and clapping

A team of health researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School and the National Institute for Health Research are working with local music charity Plymouth Music Zone to bring together people who have communication problems caused by aphasia.

Aphasia is a speech and language disorder, which is caused by damage to the brain, often as a result of having a stroke. People with aphasia can struggle to speak or to understand spoken language, but also can have difficulties with reading, writing or using numbers.

Of the over 150,000 people who have a stroke each year, around a third (33%) will also...

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Patient-led system shortlisted for Health Service Journal Award

Posted on April 18th 2016
in Uncategorised

Nurse on the telephone

PenCLAHRC's work with the Rheumatology Team at Derriford Hospital, on an innovative patient-led appointment system, has been shortlisted for another prestigious national award.

The Direct Access service, which enables patients with chronic conditions, such as arthritis, to have more control of their treatment, has been shortlisted in the General Medicine category at this year’s Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards.

Introduced in 2011, the Patient Initiated Appointment System (PIAS), currently allows 800 patients to contact a specialist nurse when they are worried about an aspect of their disease. An appointment can then be made quickly, if required, rather than the...

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Blood pressure difference linked to heart disease risk

Posted on April 15th 2016
in Project update

Doctor checking blood pressure in both arms

Blood pressure differences between each arm can signal an increased risk of dying of heart disease, even in healthy people, a new large-scale study has found.

The study, led by University of Exeter Medical School and supported by PenCLAHRC, took blood pressure measurements in both arms of more than 3,000 people in Scotland and demonstrated the importance of routinely measuring blood pressure in both arms.

Up to now, such research has mainly focussed on people who have already encountered heart disease or hypertension. Now, the new research, funded also by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the South West GP Trust,...

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