Our world-class research and high-quality teaching advances primary care locally and globally, influences health policy and develops professional skills. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 90% of our research impacts were considered outstanding.
From research showing the benefits of self-managing blood pressure to reduce stroke risk, to teaching that embeds the practice of evidence-based medicine in low-income countries, our almost 300-strong team of staff and students are rethinking health care delivery across the global community. Here are some examples of how we work to make a difference on policy, clinical practice and public health.
FEATURED CASE-STUDY: Informing better management of type 2 diabetes
Since its publication in the Lancet in 2009, a study on the routine use of blood glucose self-monitoring in type 2 diabetes has impacted policy, clinical practice and education programmes in the UK and internationally. A wide range of clinical guidance now recommends that, for many people, routine self-monitoring adds little to routine care and that where it is indicated, there should be a well-established system for training and support – a position which is supported by Diabetes UK and the National Prescribing Centre. In 2015, NICE updated a clinical guideline to include new recommendations based on this research.
Research that gets to the heart of the matter
Medical statisticians discuss their ongoing research with policy makers and collaborators on cholesterol monitoring to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Teaching and sharing best practice
Evidence-based medicine teaching and online resources from the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine help embed better health care practices in the UK and globally.
Involving others in decision making
Our dialogue activity with researchers, commissioners, health professionals, funders and the public informs a new direction for tobacco addiction researchers.
- Lifestyle changes may be more important than drugs for mild hypertension
- Total diet replacement programme helped obese people lose weight and keep it off
- Oral steroids do not help hearing for children with glue ear
- Hospital admission rates and costs increase in line with BMI
- Blood pressure self-monitoring works best when people are well-supported
- 52-week programme leads to more weight loss than 12-week
- Screen reminders for GPs did not improve anticoagulant prescribing in atrial fibrillation
- Group therapy may help a few extra people quit smoking, if other methods fail
- A supported web-based programme helps people lose weight in the short term
- A blood test threshold for diagnosing heart failure in general practice is reviewed
- NHS services can help in sustaining quit rates for smoking
- Blowing up a balloon with the nose helps restore hearing in children with glue ear
- Whooping cough infection common in school aged children with stubborn coughs
NIHR Signals - the latest important research, selected by patients
Some of the latest important NIHR-funded research from our department, selected by patients and summarised by the NIHR Dissemination Centre.