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Case studies

    patient research ambassador emma burrows

    Emma Burrow: Research is vital to improve patient outcomes and experiences

    10 September 2019

    Emma was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma when she was 25 and benefitted from treatment that had come about through research. Now she wants to share her experiences to help for the future: she says "being involved in research is rewarding, it gives you a real sense that you are being listened to and are making a positive difference".

    MND NIV tool

    Tools to improve treatment for motor neurone disease

    10 September 2019

    Dr Esther Hobson is an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Neurology at the University of Sheffield. She received RfPB funding for a study into non-invasive ventilation for patients with motor neurone disease (MND).

    Case study: IMPORT LOW trial

    29 August 2019

    The trial tested whether reducing the extent and intensity of breast radiotherapy maintained the treatment’s effectiveness while reducing side effects, including change in breast appearance.

    SPARC Round 4 case study   Robert Pierzycki

    Robert Pierzycki: SPARC Round 4 Awardee

    28 August 2019

    ’’This was a very productive time and a successful placement. It also opened up new career opportunities for me. I’d definitely recommend this scheme to my colleagues.’’

    optician stretches patient's eye for examination

    IVAN Impact Case Study

    22 August 2019

    The IVAN trial led to significant cost savings for the NHS as well as leading to new clinical guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. It also had international repercussions: the trial's finding were the basis for new recommendations in a World Health Organisation report.

    Sue McGill - a patient research ambassador

    Sue McGill: Change comes about through research

    20 August 2019

    Sue's background is in community nursing and she has also been a patient cared for by the NHS herself. Sue appreciates how much research has impacted both her nursing practice and the treatment she received.

    Louis Goffe SPHR researcher

    Chipping away at portion sizes

    19 August 2019

    Researchers funded by the NIHR School for Public Health Research explored how working with a wholesale supplier could encourage fish and chip shops to offer smaller portion sizes to customers.

    Endocuff Vision device

    ADENOMA - impact case study

    13 August 2019

    Bowel cancer is common in the UK, with around 1 in 16 men and 1 in 20 women developing it at some point in their lives. Most bowel cancers happen when a type of polyp (a growth in the bowel) called an adenoma becomes cancerous.

    red blood cells under the microscope


    29 July 2019

    HaemSTAR aims to promote clinical research into non-malignant haematology through opening new studies, increasing participant recruitment into studies, and facilitating staff development to establish the Chief Investigators of the future.

    surgery team

    WOLLF impact case study

    26 July 2019

    The WOLLF trial compared the effectiveness of alternative and standard dressings for open fractures of the lower limb.

    Hip replacement x-ray

    Breaking new ground in health economics

    22 July 2019

    Dr Elsa Marques got her first research grant from NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB), for a study comparing different hip replacement implants.

    open blood vessel

    TRAPID-AMI impact case study

    19 July 2019

    The aim of the TRAPID-AMI study was to demonstrate whether use of a high sensitivity test for troponin T would enable an accurate and more rapid diagnosis of heart attacks.

    mother cradles newborn baby

    OPPTIMUM Impact Case Study

    19 July 2019

    The OPPTIMUM study aimed to answer a long-standing debate as to whether administering progesterone during pregnancy affects neonatal and childhood outcomes. The results of OPPTIMUM have prompted the Patient-Centred Outcomes Research Institute to undertake a major international review into the use of progesterone for preterm birth treatment.