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Research and Projects

This page provides more detail about the PenARC project portfolio. Projects are themed around five research areas:

  • Complex Care
  • Dementia
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health
  • Methods for Research and Improvement

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 PenARC (and PenCLAHRC) research themes, status, or by keywords.

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DE-STRESS

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

This study examines why and how people’s ability to cope with poverty-related issues has become increasingly pathologised, and how high levels of antidepressant prescribing and use are impacting on people’s health and wellbeing in low-income communities in South West England. Read more

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DeCoDer

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

Debt Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: An Adaptive Randomised Control Trial. Read more

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Dementia Education for Health and Social Care Staff

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Complete

A Delphi consultation exercise to develop a set of high-level criteria to be used in dementia education by educational commissioners across the full range of their commissioned programmes. Read more

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Development of an Integrated Psychological Medicine Service

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

Common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression are common among people passing through the general hospital and are associated with increase emotional distress, worse quality of life, worse medical outcomes and greater healthcare costs. The aim of this project is to greatly improve the level of psychological care provided alongside traditional medical and surgical care for patients attending the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Read more

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Diabetes App

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Complete

Does a mobile/web based pre-clinic tool ensure young people with diabetes have their concerns addressed during clinical sessions. Read more

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Diabetes Intervention for Agenda Trial (DIAT)

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Complete

For patients attending an out-patient appointment in a diabetes centre, does the use of a computer-based tool designed to help identify issues for discussion in the consultation improve communication, enablement, self-management, medication use, glycaemic control and quality of life? Read more

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Diabetic Footcare

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Complete

Implementing a structured training package to be delivered by a multidisciplinary team to people with Type 2 diabetes within 3 months of being identified as high risk of foot ulcers Read more

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Dissemination and implementation in dementia care

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

Despite the growing list of things that we know can be done to improve dementia care, research findings do not always translate into practice. This project, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society, will directly address this issue by conducting a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative evidence. Read more

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News

Research collaboration leads “rapid response” data analysis to aid NHS during COVID-19 epidemic

29 April 2020

A collaboration between PenARC and University of Exeter Researchers and the NHS has developed a crucial new tool...
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COVID-19 Update Newsletter available now

28 April 2020

Our latest newsletter, with news of how we are responding to the Covid-19 crisis, plus an invitation...
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Five tips from project to support people with dementia and carers in COVID-19 lockdown

27 April 2020

Five tips from project to support people with dementia and carers in COVID-19 lockdown New...
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Research Projects

Understanding research priorities for young people with long term health conditions

Theme: ARC - Complex Care

A project to identify and describe, through patient and public involvement activities, the research needs of...
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Getting Up Following a Fall

Theme: ARC - Complex Care

Although there is evidence that falls can be prevented, little attention has been paid to...
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Research Projects