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Low calorie meal replacements are a cost-effective routine treatment for obesity in the NHS

Low calorie meal replacements are a cost-effective routine treatment for obesity in the NHS

Health behaviours

Replacing all regular meals with a low calorie diet of soups, shakes and bars, together with behavioural support, is cost-effective as a routine treatment for obesity

Only “modest” improvement in heart failure survival rates since 2000

Only “modest” improvement in heart failure survival rates since 2000

Cardiovascular & metabolic

Research led by Dr Clare Taylor and Professor Richard Hobbs finds that survival after a diagnosis of heart failure in the United Kingdom has shown only modest improvement in the 21st century and lags behind other serious conditions, such as cancer, in a large study published by The BMJ today.

Department research in BJGP's most read articles of 2018

Department research in BJGP's most read articles of 2018

Infection & acute care

Two publications from the Department's cancer diagnostics researchers are featured in the British Journal of General Practice's most read research articles of 2018.

Are diagnostic tests cost-effective? Modified assessment checklist produced

Are diagnostic tests cost-effective? Modified assessment checklist produced

Research methods & EBM

A diagnostic test-specific checklist to assess decision modelling has been developed and piloted.

New Oxford Sparks podcast launched "Should I be a vegan?"

New Oxford Sparks podcast launched "Should I be a vegan?"

Health behaviours Public engagement & involvement

In this episode of the Big Questions podcast, Dr Christina Potter in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences is asked "Should I be a vegan?"

New Year's Honours 2019

New Year's Honours 2019

Awards & appointments

Professor Richard Hobbs is appointed CBE for services to medical research, and receives the RCGP Discovery Prize.

Concerns raised as opioid prescriptions rise across UK

Concerns raised as opioid prescriptions rise across UK

Big data Research methods & EBM

Researchers recommend greater action to promote best practice as a new study reveals a rise in prescriptions of opioids for treating chronic pain rise between 1998 and 2018.

Oxford-led DROPLET study informs NHS action to tackle obesity and type 2 diabetes

Oxford-led DROPLET study informs NHS action to tackle obesity and type 2 diabetes

Clinical trials Health behaviours

Hundreds of thousands of people will receive help to battle obesity and Type 2 diabetes under radical new NHS plans to trial very low calorie diets for the first time.

Number of diagnostic tests ordered by GPs rises more than threefold in 15 years

Number of diagnostic tests ordered by GPs rises more than threefold in 15 years

Big data Research methods & EBM Students

Tests ordered by GPs now cost the NHS at least £2.8bn per year, finds Oxford University-led study.

DPhil afternoon success

DPhil afternoon success

Students

The Department’s Primary Care first and second year DPhil students have presented their research to an audience of staff and students.

Benefits of low-salt diet for heart failure uncertain

Benefits of low-salt diet for heart failure uncertain

Cardiovascular & metabolic Research methods & EBM

A new systematic review from researchers at the University of Oxford has found limited evidence of any benefit for heart failure patients who follow a low-salt diet, despite many international guidelines recommending this.

Dialogue sets the research agenda for tobacco control

Dialogue sets the research agenda for tobacco control

Health behaviours Public engagement & involvement

A Cochrane stakeholder engagement project led from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences informs national funding call for tobacco research.

Point-of-care flu tests don't lower antibiotic prescribing, study finds

Point-of-care flu tests don't lower antibiotic prescribing, study finds

Infection & acute care

Tests also have no effect on admission or return visits, finds research published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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