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GP practices urged to join COVID-19 research

Big data Clinical trials Infection & acute care

The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have joined forces with clinical system supplier EMIS Health to urgently recruit as many GP practices as possible for COVID-19 research.

Cultural environments can improve health and wellbeing through “social prescribing”, according to Oxford University report

General Health Services Research Research

Oxford University’s world-class gardens, libraries and museums could benefit the health and wellbeing of Oxfordshire residents through “social prescribing”, according to a report published today by an interdisciplinary team at Oxford University.

Doctors overestimate the size of benefits and harms of treatments

Health Services Research Policy & health systems

UK general practitioners tend to overestimate the benefit or harm associated with prescription drugs for long-term conditions, meaning they rely on their broad understanding rather than precise knowledge of treatment effects, finds a survey by Oxford University researchers.

Almost half of chronic kidney disease is unrecognised

Cardiovascular & metabolic Clinical trials

More than 18 percent of over 60's have chronic kidney disease (CKD), around 44 percent of whom are undiagnosed without screening, finds a study led by Oxford University researchers.

Researchers recommend early walking in a brace for Achilles tendon rupture

Research

A new study reveals a breakthrough for sportsmen and women in the treatment of Achilles tendon rupture.

Parkinson's disease project wins Moher Prize for Undergraduate General Practice

Teaching

Head of Department Professor Richard Hobbs presents the inaugural Moher Prize to Year 5 student Bernard Bukala.

QResearch joins Oxford-led consortium for liver cancer early detection

Big data QResearch

Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox and the QResearch electronic health records database are to contribute to a prestigious Cancer Research UK-funded programme to research the earlier detection of hepatocellular carcinoma.

Improving labour productivity in primary care

Big data Digital health & innovation Health Services Research

The Oxford RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre are to collaborate on Health Foundation-funded project.

Half of WHO-recommended policies to reduce chronic diseases are not put into practice

Global perspective Policy & health systems Research

On average, countries implemented just under half of the 18 non-communicable disease (NCD) policies recommended by WHO in 2017, and implementation is slowly improving over time.

Flu antiviral has bigger benefits for sicker, older patients

Clinical trials Infection & acute care

A Europe-wide study conducted over three flu seasons finds that the antiviral drug, oseltamivir (Tamiflu®), can help people recover from flu-like illness about one-day sooner on average, with older, sicker patients who have been unwell for longer recovering two-to-three days sooner.

Advance care planning significantly improves quality of life for heart failure patients

Infection & acute care Students

Advance care planning significantly improves quality of life for patients with heart failure, concludes the first systematic evaluation of published evidence on this topic

Rosamund Snow Scholarship for Patient-Led Research launches

Teaching

The scholarship supports academic study in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

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