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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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What is the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions for teachers?

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

This project is looking at the use of mindfulness-based interventions for teachers Read more

What are the effects of 'robopets' on the health and wellbeing of residents in care homes? A systematic review of qualitative and quantitative evidence

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

A systematic review that aims to create a state-of-knowledge synthesis on the impact of robopet-human interaction on care home residents and care home staff, which will be used where possible to inform good practice recommendations for the residential/nursing care sector. Read more

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What are the benefits and costs of providing peer support to parents of disabled children?

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Complete

A systematic review of the peer support interventions available for the parents of disabled children Read more

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VTE

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

Implementing Models of Care to Prevent Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) in Hospital In-Patients. Read more

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Volunteering for Health

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

Is volunteering a public health intervention? A systematic review and meta analysis of the health and survival of volunteers. Read more

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Vitamin D and Cognitive Health: the DCog Project

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Complete

Can vitamin D supplements be used to prevent cognitive decline and dementia in older adults? Read more

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Using pharmacogenetics testing to identify monogenic diabetes earlier (The UNITED project)

Theme: CLAHRC - Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine
Status: Live

During this project, the research team evaluated the cost-effectiveness of different strategies to identify those individuals with monogenic diabetes (who are often misdiagnosed) and change their treatment to that which is more appropriate. Read more

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UNTEST

Theme: CLAHRC - Diagnostics & Stratified Medicine
Status: Live

How can we help GPs make better use of thyroid function tests? Read more

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Understanding the impacts of Ménières disease in everyday life

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

Understanding how people experience and adapt to Ménière’s within their everyday lives Read more

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Understanding stakeholders’ perspectives on implementing deprescribing in care homes (STOPPING)

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

We have been awarded funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to develop a way of reducing and stopping some medicines for older people living in care homes. Read more

Upcoming Events

Oct
08

Searching and Review Clinic

Online appointments via Microsoft Teams

COVID-19 update: As a result of the pandemic, all PenARC staff are currently working remotely. While...
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Oct
12

Making Sense of Care Homes...

Online

This workshop is aimed at researchers from across PenARC and Exeter University who are (or who are interested...
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News

Operational Research to help improve patients’ experience of mental health services in the South West

22 September 2020

Computer modelling is helping to develop a tool that supports decision-making for patients and clinicians...
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NIHR ARCs awarded £13.125 million to fund key national research priorities

08 September 2020

The National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaborations (NIHR ARCs) have secured £13.125 million...
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Shoulder replacements benefit most patients for more than ten years, study shows

27 August 2020

More than 90 per cent of shoulder replacement implants last more than ten years, according...
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News

Research Projects

Modelling demand and capacity for NHS Trusts in the South West

Theme: ARC - Methods for Research & Improvement

A tool has been developed to support forecasting resource demand and staffing capacity in NHS...
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Research Projects