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The latest updates on our primary care research and teaching.

COPD patients' quality of life improved by socialising and regular exercise

COPD patients' quality of life improved by socialising and regular exercise

Regular contact with healthcare professionals, support from peers and engaging in organised exercise could help people with chronic lung conditions to lead more active - and generally better lives, according to new research.

Reducing the need for 24-hour blood pressure monitors in general practice

Reducing the need for 24-hour blood pressure monitors in general practice

Cardiovascular & metabolic Digital health & innovation

A simple computer algorithm is shown to correctly classify patients with hypertension in 97% of cases.

BMC Medicine series on understanding complexity in health systems

BMC Medicine series on understanding complexity in health systems

Policy & health systems

Professor Trish Greenhalgh and Dr Chrysanthi Papoutsi have edited a new article collection proposing a complexity-informed paradigm in researching health services and systems.

Department awarded for sustainability efforts

Department awarded for sustainability efforts

Awards & appointments

Primary Care Health Sciences receives a Green Impact Silver Award at the Sustainability Showcase.

Patients to set agenda for heart failure research

Patients to set agenda for heart failure research

Infection & acute care Public engagement & involvement

People with advanced heart failure, their carers, families and friends are being asked to help set the priorities for future research into the condition.

Support for parents losing a baby before 24 weeks of pregnancy

Support for parents losing a baby before 24 weeks of pregnancy

Patient experience

A new, free information resource is launched to improve support for parents losing a baby before 24 weeks of pregnancy.

No clear evidence that nicotine “preloading” helps smokers to quit

No clear evidence that nicotine “preloading” helps smokers to quit

Health behaviours

Any beneficial effect may have been masked by reduction in use of smoking cessation drug.

Supermarket swaps support healthy diets

Supermarket swaps support healthy diets

Health behaviours

Supermarket interventions could play role in public health strategies, study finds

The Big Crash Diet Experiment

The Big Crash Diet Experiment

Clinical trials Health behaviours Public engagement & involvement

Professors Susan Jebb and Paul Aveyard team up with the BBC to put the latest research on “crash dieting” to the test.

Prescription costs increase for low-value treatments

Prescription costs increase for low-value treatments

Big data Research methods & EBM

Prescription costs increase for low-value treatments despite reduction in numbers

Can screening for atrial fibrillation prevent stroke?

Can screening for atrial fibrillation prevent stroke?

Awards & appointments Cardiovascular & metabolic Clinical trials

Upcoming trial involving 120,000 patients to investigate screening for stroke prevention

Developing personalised care for shoulder pain

Developing personalised care for shoulder pain

Clinical trials

New £2.7 million study to personalise care for people with shoulder pain

Out Of Hours' role in end of life care

Out Of Hours' role in end of life care

Infection & acute care Policy & health systems

Significant proportion of patients at the end of life are accessing the Out Of Hours primary care service

Sweet snacks tax may be more beneficial than sugar tax

Sweet snacks tax may be more beneficial than sugar tax

Health behaviours

A 10% tax on sweet snacks could lead to a similar reduction in consumer demand as taxing sugar-sweetened drinks, with the potential effect expected to be greatest in low-income households.

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