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Latest podcast talks about clinical research culture

  Created on Monday, 30 Jan 2017. Posted in Literature

The latest NIHR podcast is entitled ‘The culture of research’ and is a 10-12 minute podcast interview with Catherine Joynson, Assistant Director at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Catherine talks about the culture of scientific research, leading on from the Nuffield report published in 2015.

Across the series of 7 podcasts, listeners will hear the thoughts and opinions of a whole range of different people involved in clinical research. The podcast series also includes a virtual journal club, which involves the discussion of a recent, open-access paper to be discussed.

  • Podcast 1 - The Nurse’s Changing Role in Clinical Research with Dr Susan Hamer 
  • Podcast 2 - Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses with Prof Mike Clarke
  • Podcast 3 - Challenges and Opportunities in Large-scale Trials wit Prof David
  • Podcast 4 - A Clinical Trial Recruitment with Prof Shaun Treweek
  • Podcast 5 - Clinical Research in the NHS with Dr William van'tHoff


SR Toolbox

  Created on Monday, 31 Oct 2016. Posted in Literature | Toolkit/Database

The Systematic Review Toolbox is a searchable catalogue of tools that can be used to help you do a systematic review. Users can perform a simple keyword search (i.e. Quick Search) to locate tools, a more detailed search (i.e. Advanced Search) allowing users to select various criteria to find specific types of tools and submit new tools to the database.

The Toolbox also contains checklists, guidelines and reporting standards for systematic reviews.

NIHR Dissemination Centre one year on - Signals, Themed Reviews and Highlights

  Created on Thursday, 27 Oct 2016. Posted in Outcomes | News Items | Literature

NIHR Signals: Since its launch over 200 Signals have been published. These are summaries of important health research that aim to cut through the noise and provide decision makers in the NHS, public health bodies and social care organisations with evidence they can use.

New Signals are published every week on the Discover Portal. This is a fully searchable, open access resource that anyone can use, including patients. In addition to explaining why the study was needed, what the study did and its findings, Signals also look at the implications for current guidelines and practice, both in terms of improving care and cost effectiveness.

Patients, carers, health professionals and academics help to decide which abstracts will make the most useful Signals by becoming ‘raters’ (find out more about rating)

Signals are shared on Twitter from @NIHR_DC and people can sign up to receive a monthly bulletin of recent signals in their area of interest.

Themed Reviews: 3 themed reviews have been published to date bringing together key NIHR-funded published and ongoing research around a particular topic.

NIHR Highlights: 4 Highlights to date; they explore a small number of NIHR-funded studies on a particular condition, treatment or issue in health. They examine what these studies can tell us, alongside interviews and blogs from clinicians, researchers and patients.

Understanding Evidence New Cochrane Campaign

  Created on Tuesday, 04 Oct 2016. Posted in News Items | Literature

Cochrane is runing a 'Understanding Evidence' campaign in partnership with Students4BestEvidence. The main thrust of the campain centres around the ideas that underpin the way we think about evidence.

The campaign will share resources and initiatives that can help with making sense of evidence, and highlight opportunities to get involved with others with an interest in evidence.

The campaign launches with a special week of blogs from 4th October 2016 and social media post using #UnderstandingEvidence.

Diabetes themed review - On the level

  Created on Monday, 05 Sep 2016. Posted in Diabetes | Literature

This themed review brings together NIHR research on each aspect of type 2 diabetes care. It features:

  • 35 published studies
  • 19 ongoing studies
  • Questions for patients, commissioners, GPs, community nurses and others
  • Patient voices

Logic Model - information and sources

  Created on Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016. Posted in Literature | Toolkit/Database


New digital magazine aims to inspire the next generation of researchers

  Created on Thursday, 28 Jul 2016. Posted in Literature | News Items

A new magazine called The Researcher launched in July. The digital publication has been created for early career researchers by early career researchers aims to raise awareness of research careers among nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Working in collaboration with Health Education England (HEE), NHS North West Research and Development and a team of early career researchers, along with award winning writer Rob Young, the magazine illustrates the real-life stories of what it is like to undertake a research career.

Two further editions of The Researcher are planned over the next six months. The first edition has the theme of 'Breaking boundaries'

HS&DR 15/140/01 Challenges, solutions and future directions in the evaluation of service innovations in health care and public health (04:16)

  Created on Tuesday, 14 Jun 2016. Posted in Literature | Methods

This report is the output from a meeting in London in June 2015 that was funded by The Health Foundation, The Medical Research Council, the National Institute for Health Research and Universities UK. It brings together current approaches and methodologies for the evaluation of complex interventions in healthcare, and considers future challenges. The report covers 8 themes, including patient-reported outcome measures, healthcare equity, both qualitative and quantitative methods, and evidence synthesis.

Economic evaluation of mental health interventions: an introduction to cost-utility analysis

  Created on Monday, 25 Apr 2016. Posted in Literature | Costing

An very good introduction to cost-utility analysis for those wanting to gain a better understanding of one of the most widely-used form of economic evaluation in healthcare. Full article

New service - for complex reviews

  Created on Tuesday, 22 Mar 2016. Posted in Literature

A new service offering specialist expert advice for those producing complex systematic reviews is now available. The Complex Review Support Unit has been set up by the NIHR Systematic Reviews Programme and is a collaboration between London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Leicester and University of Glasgow, which is the lead. It can provide advice on methodological fields such as Diagnostic Test Accuracy, Economic Evaluations or Network Meta-Analysis.

To access this support you need to fill in an application form and the proposed review must have already secured funding. Applications will be reviewed on an ad-hoc basis.