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Patients to get faster access to the most cost effective treatments under proposed changes to NICE's process

  Created on Thursday, 27 Oct 2016. Posted in Outcomes

The proposals are part of a joint consultation by NICE and NHS England that would see the introduction of a ‘fast track’ option for appraising technologies which offer exceptional value for money.

This would mean treatments that are likely to have a cost per QALY (quality adjusted life year) of up to £10,000 would be dealt with more quickly under a ‘lighter touch’ process


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.


Health research impact toolkits and guides

  Created on Monday, 05 Sep 2016. Posted in Toolkit/Database | Outcomes


Research shows social media is beneficial for sharing and building upon patient experiences

  Created on Tuesday, 22 Mar 2016. Posted in Literature | Outcomes

Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms can be useful tools for helping patients with rare medical diseases exchange knowledge and build communities. 
Not only is patients’ knowledge valuable for peer support within patient communities, it has the potential to add to traditional medical knowledge, especially in cases where this is limited – such as in the case of rare diseases.

The study ‘Health Activism and the Logic of Connective Action. A Case Study of Rare Disease Patient Organisations’, was supported by the Wellcome Trust and published in the journal Information, Communication and Society.


National CLAHRC impact brochure

  Created on Monday, 26 Oct 2015. Posted in Outcomes | Literature

The National CLAHRC impact brochure features case studies with details successful examples of CLAHRC work and the impact it has had. 

CLAHRCS have high impact in terms of implementation of research findings to save lives, add value and promote partnerships with industry.

CLAHRC East Midlands case studies include:

  • The Leicester Self Assessment and Walking Away from Diabetes - identifying those at-risk from type 2 diabetes, and helping to prevent its onset (pp 5-9)
  • IMPAKT - a software tool for GPs that identifies patients at risk from early onset Chronic Kidney Disease and provides resources for their management (pp 14-15)
  • Emergency Care and Acute Illness - reducing hospital admissions (pp 18-19)
  • Individual Placement and Support - helping people with long term mental health issues back into work (pp 36-37)

Charity funded research is influential and often attracts follow-on funding!

  Created on Monday, 28 Sep 2015. Posted in Funding | Outcomes

New report published today highlights the UK's uniquely vibrant medical research charity sector. Charities are committed to saving and improving lives through research, and over the last seven years have invested more than £8bn.

Data shows that charities are derisking research: charity-funded projects attract follow-on funding from other charities, government, private and academic funding sources, and attract inward investment from outside the UK.

Charity-funded research also has impact, with over 300 influences on policy and practice reported in the period 2012-14; charity funded research is cited in guidance; people funded by charities provide expert advice to government; and research findings are used to develop new practices.


NIHR Dissemination Centre makes research evidence easily available to decision makers

  Created on Wednesday, 08 Jul 2015. Posted in Literature | Outcomes

Each week the Dissemination Centre will publish three or four 'signals' - short summaries of recently published research, with key findings, an explanation of the implications and an expert commentary. Shortlisted abstracts are read and rated by professionals and patients to help decide which ones should go forward each week.

The Dissemination Centre plans additionally to produce larger digests of research evidence and themed reviews.


Research-active trusts have better patient outcomes

  Created on Monday, 23 Mar 2015. Posted in Outcomes

The study found that “Research-active Trusts had lower risk-adjusted mortality for acute admissions”. These results were still evident after factors such as the size of the Trust and staffing levels had been taken into consideration.