The risks of developing dementia and visual impairment both increase with age. The PrOVIDe study was designed to better understand the prevalence of visual impairment in people with dementia, and to identify how eye care can be improved for people with dementia. Findings have led to proposals to ensure eye care is recognised as being as important to those with dementia as the general population. The project has also lead to further activity prioritising areas for future research for people with both dementia and visual impairment.
Assessing a person with dementia in a research study requires a high level of skill and expertise. Having experienced raters available can affect whether the life-sciences industry choose to run a study in the UK. Insight Monthly investigates an innovative programme to increase the number of raters in the Clinical Research Network.
Helen Robinson is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner from Middlesbrough, who became one of the first Nurses to become a Principal Investigator of a research study in her Trust in Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys. We interviewed Helen to find out how and why she got involved in clinical research.
Read Helen's story