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Healthwatch network reveals public’s health and care priorities for 2017

  Created on Monday, 09 Jan 2017. Posted in Priorities

Analysis by the national health and care consumer champion, Healthwatch England, has identified the key issues the public want to see policy makers and health professionals focus on over the next 12 months. The priorities list is compiled on an annual basis to create the top five issues across the country. 

  • Mental Health - including mental health services for children and young people (101 local Healthwatch)
  • Social care – including care homes and services provided in peoples’ homes (78 local Healthwatch)
  • Primary care – such as GP services (51 local Healthwatch)
  • Children and young people’s experiences of health and social care (42 local Healthwatch)
  • The experiences of seldom heard groups, including BAME communities (23 local Healthwatch) 

Ongoing interest in previous research themes!

  Created on Monday, 18 Jan 2016. Posted in Funding | Priorities

Previous NIHR Themed Calls covered a range of topics, such as antimicrobial resistance and dementia. Even though the specific themed calls have closed, the NIHR continues to be interested in receiving applications in any of these areas. Applications can be made to any of the NIHR's funding programmes as part of their usual researcher-led workstreams. 
 
See list of previous NIHR Themed Calls.


‘The BIG Challenge’ puts spotlight on NIHR obesity research

  Created on Wednesday, 13 Jan 2016. Posted in Priorities | News Items

THE BIG Challenge

The NIHR CRN has launched ‘The BIG Challenge’ splash site dedicated to obesity research.

NIHR is currently supporting research into the condition across 43 obesity-related studies. The site highlights progress in tackling obesity as a result of NIHR studies, and includes patient and researcher case studies, stories and video’s about their experience in obesity research through four selected studies.

 


Top 10 priorities for research on mild-moderate hearing loss

  Created on Monday, 21 Sep 2015. Posted in Priorities

  1. What adverse effects are associated with not treating mild to moderate hearing loss in adults?
  2. Does the early fitting of hearing aid(s) result in increased patient benefit and/or improved cost-effectiveness of the service?
  3. Does the early fitting of hearing aids slow the rate of cognitive decline?
  4. What are the reasons for low hearing aid uptake, use and adherence?
  5. Can new technologies replace hearing aids?
  6. Can stem cell therapy offer a cure for mild to moderate hearing loss in adults?
  7. Does early identification, diagnosis and treatment of mild to moderate hearing loss prevent further deterioration of hearing?
  8. Could new developments to digital hearing aids offer improved speech perception in noisy environments?
  9. How realistic are hearing tests for assessing the everyday hearing abilities of adults with mild to moderate hearing loss?
  10. Could the use of real-world sounds to help program hearing aids in clinic (rather than tones or beeps) improve hearing aid effectiveness?

This list is the culmination of the work of a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership and will be sent to commissioners, funders and policy makers.