Recent news of interest
PRIME Centre Wales Annual Report 2017-18
We are delighted to publish the PRIME Centre Wales Annual Report for 2017-18, showcasing our activities for the year.
The report is available to read in English and Welsh, to view online or download as a pdf via the webpage: http://www.primecentre.wales/annual-report-2017-18.php
If you would like us to send you a hard copy, please email us at: email@example.com
Can social prescribing help improve health in Wales?
Meetings are being held across Wales to develop a project that will look at whether ‘social prescribing’ (SP) can be used to improve the nation’s health.
The Wales Social Prescribing Research Network (WSPRN) has been set-up to look at whether SP can be developed to have a bigger impact on communities across the country.
Social prescribing is a way of meeting the social, emotional and practical needs of people through services in the voluntary and community sector, rather than relying on health and social care services to provide a solution.
The project is being led by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), the national membership organisation for the third sector in Wales, and Dr Carolyn Wallace, lead for the social care research theme in PRIME Centre Wales and Reader in Integrated Care at the University of South Wales (USW). Read more.
Patient safety in palliative care
Researchers including Dr Andrew Carson-Stevens, lead for the Patient Safety research workpackage at PRIME Centre Wales, have identified for the first time the extent of healthcare related harm experienced by patients receiving palliative care across the NHS.
Their in-depth analysis of 475 serious incidents reported to a central NHS database over a twelve-year period (2002-2014) reveals multiple risks for patients receiving palliative and end-of-life care.
The health and wellbeing of people with progressive, irreversible and life-limiting illnesses is known to be fragile. This latest study has found deficiencies in patients’ care leading to worsened symptoms from their disease, and disruption to both their care and their experience of dying.
Read the full publication at: https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216318776846
Person-centred care in care homes - summary report and images from the day
Following the 'Person-centred care in care homes - outcomes that matter' event held on 5th July, Victoria Shepherd has produced a summary report of the event, including the priority areas for moving forward that were identified on the day.
A further report from Scarlet Design containing photos from the day, and images of each group’s table sheets is now also available to download and view .
We have included links to some resources on person-centred care in care homes in our report, if you have links to other resources we would be very happy to share those too.
Oral steroids not effective for most children with glue ear
A study led by Professor Nick Francis at PRIME Centre Wales, Cardiff University and Professor Chris Butler at the University of Oxford shows that a 1-week course of oral steroid tablets does not result in large benefits for most 2-8 year old children who have had glue ear with hearing loss for at least 3 months.
Read the full news item on Cardiff University website.
Read the publication: Francis NA, Cannings-John R, Waldron C-A, Thomas-Jones E, Winfield T, Shepherd V, Harris D, Hood K, Fitzsimmons D, Roberts A, Powell C, Gal M, Butler CC. Oral steroids for resolution of otitis media with effusion in children (OSTRICH): a double-blinded, placebo-controlled randomised trial. Lancet 2018; 392: 557–68.
Improving dental care
Dental experts have drawn up a definitive list of scenarios that patients should never face in a bid to ensure excellent patient care worldwide.
The checklist – which was developed in collaboration with researchers at PRIME Centre Wales, Cardiff University - includes failing to note patients’ allergies and not screening for mouth cancers during check-ups. It is the first international agreement of its type in dentistry and could be a major step forward in improving patient wellbeing across the globe.
The agreed list covers routine assessments as well as surgery and also includes equipment not being sterilised and dentists prescribing the wrong medication to children. Read more.
Dr Stephanie Smits awarded Health and Care Research Wales fellowship
Dr Stephanie Smits is a behavioural scientist who works for PRIME Centre Wales and the Wales Cancer Research Centre in the area of screening, prevention and early diagnosis of cancer.
We are delighted to hear that she has recently been successful in securing a Health and Care Research Wales Health Fellowship Award, which will allow her to continue her important research in bowel cancer.
Dr Smits starts the fellowship in October 2018 and it will last for three years. Read more.
Dr Ashra Khanom awarded Health and Care Research Wales fellowship
Dr Ashra Khanom is a Health Services Researcher who works for PRIME Centre Wales (Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency Care Research) in the area of pre-hospital and emergency care research.
We are delighted to announce that she has recently been successful in securing a Health and Care Research Wales Health Fellowship Award, which will allow her to conduct important research in pre-hospital care.
Dr Khanom who is based at Swansea University Medical School is looking forward to starting the fellowship in October 2018 and it will last for three years. Read more.
International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH), Porto
The recent International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH) brought together researchers, teachers, practitioners and policy makers from around the world to explore and to improve all aspects of communication in healthcare.
This was a great conference for our researchers at PRIME Centre Wales and Cardiff Trials Unit to discover best practices and innovations in the field. Read full story.
Aspirin and the treatment of cancer
Against a background of controversy about the value of aspirin as a preventive in healthy subjects, a rather different use of the drug has recently been highlighted.
Fifty years ago evidence suggestive of benefit from aspirin beyond the reduction of pain and fever, was reported. In two remarkable papers published in 1968 and 1973 Gabriel Gasic and colleagues described the role of platelets in the metastatic spread of cancer.
They showed that a deficiency of platelets is associated with a reduction in the risk of cancer, and that experimentally-induced metastasis are reduced by aspirin. They concluded that these findings ‘strongly support the role of platelet aggregation and the platelet release reaction in metastasis’. Read more.
Use of antipsychotic medication in care homes
Work by Professor Sue Jordan, PRIME faculty member, and research team at the School of Human and Health, Swansea University are featured in this Senedd report, published May 2018.
The report says ‘systemic changes’ needed for appropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medicines in Welsh care homes.
The research team developed ADRe, Adverse Drug Reaction Profile, which care home staff can use to monitor an individual’s use of antipsychotics. Read more.