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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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Event title

e-coachER: Investigation of a web-based behavioural support exercise referral scheme

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

Trial to investigate the effects of adding web-based support to an exercise referral scheme for patients with long-term physical or mental health conditions. Read more

Event title

Early Learning Communities

Theme: CLAHRC - Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

The research involves a review of the international evidence on how to promote the school readiness of young children growing up in poverty, and consultation with practitioners, system leaders and families in four Early Learning Communities. Together, these will contribute to the development of a toolkit for Save the Children staff and partners to inform the co-design of effective local early learning systems. Read more

Event title

Effectiveness of interventions to reduce ordering of thyroid function tests: a systematic review

Theme: CLAHRC - Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine
Status: Live

Is it possible to reduce unnecessary Thyroid Function Test biochemistry requests? Read more

Event title

Effectiveness of mealtime interventions in elderly people living in residential care

Theme: CLAHRC - Healthy People, Healthy Environments
Status: Complete

A systematic review of the effectiveness of mealtime interventions in elderly people living in residential care Read more

Event title

Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness based cognitive therapy in vascular disease

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Complete

Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness based cognitive therapy in vascular disease: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials Read more

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Effectiveness of TNFa inhibitors to reduce depression in chronic physical illness

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Complete

A systematic review of the effectiveness of TNFα inhibitors to reduce depression in chronic physical illness Read more

Event title

Effects of animals on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

A review that aims to synthesise the available evidence on the impact of animals on those living in residential care and on care home life. Read more

Event title

End of Life Advance Care Planning Study (ELAPS)

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Complete

What do clinicians perceive as the challenges in discussing end of life care with patients, and how do they tackle these challenges? Read more

Event title

Engager

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

Developing and evaluating a collaborative care intervention for prisoners with common mental health problems, near to and after release. Read more

Event title

ESSEnCE: amalgamating marginal gains in ESSEntial Nursing CarE

Theme: CLAHRC - Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

PenCLAHRC researchers are supporting colleagues in the Medical School on an NIHR Programme Development Grant funded project to develop and test a new improved method of nursing care. Read more

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PenARC welcomes new PhD students

18 February 2020

Our PhD studentships are linked to PenARC project and priority areas and are an important...
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Groundbreaking role for operational research in NHS decision-making

12 February 2020

A pioneering collaboration between PenARC and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP) has led to...
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Celebrating ten years of Patient and Public Involvement in research

10 February 2020

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Research Projects

The Exeter Care Homes and Knowledge (ExCHANGE) Collaboration

Theme: ARC - Public Health

This project aims to improve the happiness and wellbeing of care home residents through building...
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Research Projects