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Case studies

    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.

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    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.

    An elderly man having an eye test

    PrOVIDe impact case study

    15 July 2019

    The risks of developing dementia and visual impairment both increase with age. However, prior to the PrOVIDe study, there was limited data about the prevalence of visual impairment in people with dementia in the UK.

    Researchers assessing brain scan images

    DiPALS impact case study

    15 July 2019

    The NIHR supported DiPALS study has had a major global impact on treatment for patients with motor neurone disease who have had respiratory failure.

    Doctor views outputs of a CT scan

    MS-STAT impact case study

    15 July 2019

    The MS-STAT study assessed whether simvastin - an existing drug for vascular disease with neuroprotective properties - could be repurposed as a treatment for secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.

    A diagram showing some of the triggers and symptoms of psoriasis

    BADBIR impact case study

    15 July 2019

    The British Association of Dermatologist's BADBIR study set out to address the gaps in evidence around the long term use of biologic treatments for psoriasis. The longitudinal, observational study uses a unique web-based register to collect data from patient cohorts.

    Close up of a person's hands

    Impact case study - BLISTER

    15 July 2019

    Bullous pemphigoid, a severe blistering skin condition, is a rare auto-immune disease which mainly affects elderly people. The aim of the BLISTER study was to find out whether starting treatment with a commonly-used antibiotic would be effective and a safer alternative to oral steroids – which can cause long term side effects.

    A doctor talking with an anxious patient

    CHAMP impact case study

    15 July 2019

    Around one in ten people have a diagnosis of health anxiety - a condition often made worse by researching symptoms online. The CHAMP study examined the effectiveness of a form of cognitive behavioral therapy on a treatment group consisting of people with high levels of health anxiety.

    An obese male having his waist size measured by a doctor

    BWeL impact case study

    15 July 2019

    Obesity affects around a quarter of the UK adult population, increasing the risk of significant long term health consequences. The BWeL study set out to assess the effect of a brief, opportunistic behavioural change intervention by GPs on clinically obese patients.

    A frail elderly woman in a acare home

    CFASII - impact case study

    15 July 2019

    Cognitive decline, dementia and frailty are major consequences of an ageing population. The longitudinal CFAS II study set out to assess and update the body of knowledge around the generational nature around the incidence and prevalence of dementia and ageing - building on data from the original CFAS study which began two decades earlier.

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    PARAMEDIC 2 impact case study

    15 July 2019

    The PARAMEDIC 2 study aimed to determine if adrenaline is beneficial or harmful as a treatment for out of hospital cardiac arrest.

    heart monitor

    LeoPARDS impact case study

    15 July 2019

    A study to identify whether using Levosimendan in patients with sepsis could reduce multiple organ failure.