The Adult Social Care Outcomes Toolkit (ASCOT) is a novel method for determining the impact of services. ASCOT tools measure the domains of quality of life more affected by social care - key outcome is social care-related quality of life (SCRQoL).
In order to use ASCOT tools you have to register and obtain a licence.
The toolkit aims to help those planning and shaping services and treatments for adult people with social care needs and their carers make informed decisions about which services and treatments to provide and how much they cost.
The toolkit is available here and is a collection of case studies looking at intervention, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and the nature of evidence
Created on Friday, 05 Jul 2019. Posted in Toolkit/Database
The NIHR has launched a new toolkit for researchers, to help them deliver the high quality health services research that the NHS needs.
The Health Services Research Toolkit is a national resource which brings together ideas, guidance and support in one place.
Created on Friday, 05 Apr 2019. Posted in Toolkit/Database
Asthma UK have created guidance for researchers writing a grant application for research into asthma. It provides advice on application forms, peer review and finance, and what funders are looking for at each stage of your application.
The health economic evidence resource (HEER) tool shows the main cost-effectiveness and return on investment evidence on activities in the public health grant.
Each piece of evidence is summarised across over 20 criteria to provide details on how the results were created and to highlight the inputs and assumptions used in the original studies. This allows users to understand the relevance and apply the evidence to their local setting.
The site offers a range of functions:
Created on Monday, 29 Oct 2018. Posted in Toolkit/Database
This document sets out the government’s vision for the use of technology, digital and data within health and care, to meet the needs of all users. It is hoped that the new approach will be further developed collaboratively.
The ultimate objective is the provision of better care and improved health outcomes for people in England. But this cannot be done without a clear focus on improving the technology used by the 1.4 million NHS staff. 1.5 million-strong social care workforce and those many different groups who deliver and plan health and care services for the public.
Created on Wednesday, 29 Aug 2018. Posted in Toolkit/Database
This is a highly useful tool called the Plain English Lexicon which may be useful to researchers developing their plain English Summary.
The authors’ of the work say this how it can be used:
"You can look up a word in the lexicon to see how often it’s used and who’s likely to know it. When writing for a mass readership, it’s sensible to favour words that need a UK reading age of 13 or less... Higher-level words may need explaining at the point of use or in a glossary. Some readers will infer the meaning of a ‘difficult’ word from the context or by using a dictionary, but they are then working harder than they may like. Remember, though, that the scores in the lexicon are only a guide and, in the end, you should rely on your own judgement."
Created on Wednesday, 08 Aug 2018. Posted in Toolkit/Database
ERICAS is a new resource from the Leicester Real World Evidence Unit, providing access to quality assessed real-world observational studies in cardiometabolic medicine.
It provides a central one-stop resource for clinicians, researchers, policy makers and commissioners to access real-world evidence that has been quality assessed by a team of epidemiologists and statisticians and reviewed by a specialist team of clinical faculty members for relevance, importance and clinical applicability.
Articles and clinical reviews are published on the ERICAS website and there is the option to subscribe to an alert system to receive information on articles as they are published.
Created on Thursday, 26 Jul 2018. Posted in Toolkit/Database
The National Institute for Health Research has published its first licenced open dataset - a funded portfolio of research. This makes NIHR data accessible all in one place, providing a single source of up-to-date, accurate and reusable data. The dataset, which has been accredited by the Open Data Institute, contains research awards funded by NIHR which were active at any time on or after 1st April 2011. This release streamlines access to NIHR information for researchers, clinicians, decision and policy makers, allowing more informed decisions to be made which can improve patients' lives.