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

  Created on Thursday, 27 Oct 2016. Posted in Dissemination

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.