Prevention / Surgery

These articles fall under two themes; prevention and surgery.

Prevention is better than a cure, so the saying goes, and usually more cost effective. Clinical research is a key factor in developing effective health prevention programmes and initiatives. It also plays a vital role in improving existing NHS treatments and patient experiences, for example, by investigating alternatives to invasive interventions such as surgery.

This collection of articles offers an insight into the broad spectrum of clinical research that falls under the umbrellas of prevention and surgery.

Robotic physiotherapy

Robotic physiotherapy could prevent further medical conditions in patients with reduced mobility

Patients with spinal injuries and mobility impairments are at risk of acquiring other medical complications if they are permanently confined to a wheelchair or bed. We caught up with Dr Mohamed Sakel, a Consultant Physician in Neurorehabilitation, who is researching how a robotic walking device could help to improve a patient’s muscle condition and prevent further medical complications occurring.

Offering personalised surgery in the care of cancer

The NIHR Clinical Research Network has supported the delivery of over 2,500 cancer clinical research studies to date. Some of these studies aim to improve the current treatments being received by patients in the NHS and, more importantly, to improve the quality of life, including life expectancy, for patients living with cancer. This article looks at three NIHR surgical oncology studies which may reduce the need for invasive surgery.

Staying one step ahead of Influenza

Seasonal flu vaccines are essential to the prevention of flu worldwide. Over the last two years the NIHR Clinical Research Network has successfully supported studies in the UK for Seqirus – one of the world’s leading flu vaccine providers. We asked Dr David Bibby, Clinical Operations and vaccine specialist at Seqirus, why their relationship with the Network has been so successful.

‘Can do’ achieves debut research first

North Devon nurses recruited the first patient in the country to an NIHR-funded study using text messaging with the aim of reducing sexually transmitted infections in young people. This achievement was all the more remarkable because it was a research study debut for this Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) team of nurses and health advisers based in a city centre walk in treatment centre. We headed south west to find out more.