Recent news of interest
Finger-prick blood test at GP surgery could safely reduce antibiotic use in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
A simple finger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics for people with the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers from PRIME Centre Wales and Centre for Trails Research at Cardiff University, University of Oxford and King’s College London.
With funding from the National Institute for Health Research, the team demonstrated that using a CRP finger-prick blood test resulted in 20% fewer people using antibiotics for COPD flare-ups. Importantly, this reduction in antibiotic use did not have a negative effect on patients’ recovery over the first two weeks after their consultation at their GP surgery, or on their well-being or use of health care services over the following six months.
Safely reducing the use of antibiotics in this way may help in the battle against antibiotic resistance.
Read full story on Cardiff University website
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Dental study wins prestigious award
Congratulations to Health and Care Research Wales Speciality Lead and PRIME Centre Wales Lead for oral & dental health Professor Ivor Chestnutt from Cardiff University Dental School on winning the 2019 International Association of Dental Research (IADR) award for best paper in the Journal of Dental Research.
Professor Chestnutt was awarded the prestigious William J. Gies Award, in the clinical research category, for his ‘Seal or Varnish?’ study. The ‘Seal or Varnish?’ study, in collaboration with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Community Dental Service, treated just over 800 children with either fissure sealants or fluoride varnish to discover which treatment is most effective and offers the best value for money for children aged 6-7 years.
The team found that applying fluoride varnish to children’s teeth is just as effective at preventing tooth decay as the alternative method of sealing teeth and could save the NHS money.
Read the full story on Cardiff University website
PRIME research in the latest issue of @ResearchWales
Issue 6 of the @ResearchWales magazine is out now.
Read about PRIME Centre Wales' research collaboration with Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board and Cardiff University School of Optometry and Vision Sciences aimed at improving urgent eye care on page 11.
Welsh version @ Research wales - Issue 6
English version @ Research wales - Issue 6
“Someone to talk to who understands”: How do we support women with long-term health conditions with decisions about starting a family? - Blog post by Rhiannon Phillips
PRIME Research Fellow, Dr Rhiannon Phillips has written a guest blog on our work around pregnancy and long-term conditions for the WRISK project. The WRISK project is a collaboration between the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) and Heather Trickey at the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Working with stakeholders from a wide range of disciplines, the project draws on women’s experiences to understand and improve the development and communication of risk messages in pregnancy.
Read the blog post here: https://www.wrisk.org/uncategorized/someone-to-talk-to-who-understands-how-do-we-support-women-with-long-term-health-conditions-with-decisions-about-starting-a-family/
Mental capacity & consent in dementia research - Blog post by Victoria Shepherd
In guest blog for the NIHR Dementia Research network website, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow based in the Centre for Trials Research and PRIME, Victoria Shepherd discusses dementia research and the exclusion of people with cognitive impairment.
Read the blog post here: https://www.dementiaresearcher.nihr.ac.uk/guest-blog-mental-capacity-and-consent-in-dementia-research/
Victoria has also contributed to a podcast looking at 'Join Dementia Research' the free to use, NIHR service run in the UK which supports Early Career Researchers to find participants both with and without #dementia for theirs studies.
Listen to the podcast at: https://www.dementiaresearcher.nihr.ac.uk/podcast-using-join-dementia-research/
PRIME Associate Director appointed to Marie Curie Research Funding Committee
Congratulations to Clare Wilkinson, Professor of General Practice at Bangor University and Associate Director of PRIME Centre Wales who has been appointed to serve on the Marie Curie Research Funding Committee.
Professor Wilkinson says: "I am delighted to be able to serve on this Committee, chaired by my colleague Professor Tim Peters Bristol University, who asked me to bring randomised trials expertise to the area of end of life care research."
The Health Experiences of Asylum seekers and Refugees (HEAR) study Stakeholder Event
Dr Ashra Khanom (pictured opposite), Health and Care Research Wales Research Fellow at PRIME, Swansea University and lead researcher on the HEAR study, co-hosted the HEAR stakeholder event with Public Health Wales on the 22nd May 2019.
The meeting, chaired by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Frank Atherton, aimed to offer healthcare professionals and third sector stakeholders an opportunity to join for a presentation of the results of the HEAR study and take part in an interactive workshop to discuss future steps towards implementing its recommendations.
PRIME presentation at HSRUK Conference 2019
PRIME researchers based at Swansea University, Alison Porter and Mark Kingston presented at the recent HSR UK Conference, held 2-3 July 2019, in Manchester:
University of South Wales PRIME team & colleagues welcome visitors from Zambia
Dr Job Mwanza, District Health Director in Zambia and colleagues visited the University of South Wales Community Health and Care Cognate group on 8th July 2019. Dr Mwanza gave a presentation describing the road to implementing a social health insurance in Zambia.
A country of approximately 17 million population and an economy driven by copper exports, it has a GDP per capita of $3920. The meeting discussed the importance of communication and the challenges of persuading people about the benefits of paying for universal healthcare. The presentation slides from the meeting can be accessed by e-mailing Megan Elliott at USW – firstname.lastname@example.org
ADRe study featured in Western Mail
ADRe study supported by PRIME Centre Wales has been featured in Western Mail Health Check Wales on 22nd July 2019, showing how the research is making a difference to elderly care home residents by tackling the adverse side-effects caused by mediation prescribed and administered to patients.
Sue Jordan, Professor of medicines management and health services research at the university’s College of Human and Health Sciences, said:
“More than 50% of care home residents are being prescribed medicines they don’t need or that don’t properly address their health problems. “Antipsychotics, for example, are often overused to treat the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. But this problem is not easy to solve. The overuse of medicines for older people is a complicated issue. Some may have been taking the same medicines at the same doses for years, even after an underlying problem has been resolved."
ABACus 3 study update: Trial recruitment, retention, and a little bit more!
We are firmly in the final year of the ABACus 3 trial funding and are pleased to report that recruitment is completed, follow-up is nearly finished and the task of analysis is underway. ABACus 3 is a randomised controlled trial of a health check intervention to improve cancer symptom awareness and help-seeking among people living in socioeconomically deprived communities across South Wales and Yorkshire.
Help us shape cancer research in Wales - public consultation
We want to define a better future for cancer patients in Wales and beyond.
As a nation, Wales produces some of the world’s leading cancer research. We want your thoughts to help shape a strategy that is being developed to strengthen the work that happens here.
This is your strategy. Help us make it the best it can be.
Join us at one of our consultation events:
- 7 August – Wrexham, Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, 13:30 – 15:30
- 15 August – Newport, Barnabas Arts Centre, 13:00 – 15:00
- 10 September – Aberystwyth, Arad Goch Theatre, 13:00 – 15:00
Further information: www.walescancerresearchcentre.org/strategy-consultation/
Registration for consultation events: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cancer-research-strategy-for-wales-consultation-tickets-64166583980
Public Involvement Achievement award 2019
Entries are now invited for the 2019 Health and Care Research Wales Public Involvement Achievement award.
The recently launched UK Standards for Public Involvement in Research provide the foundation for the 2019 award. The award is designed to identify, promote, and celebrate the excellent public involvement taking place across the Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure.
Find out more and apply