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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

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Understanding research priorities for young people with long term health conditions

10 March 2020

A collaboration between researchers has resulted in a clearer understanding of how to address the...
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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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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