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Was it possible to predict the areas most vulnerable to the negative impacts of Covid-19?

Stuart Redding and Catia Nicodemo, from the Centre for Health Service Economics and Organisation, describe a simple metric that predicts which English CCG regions are most vulnerable.

Ranin Soliman: evidence resonates with qualitative research

Ranin Soliman, DPhil Student in EBHC, describes her experiences of the qualitative research methods module.

Spotlight on: Dr Andrew Schuman

In the second of our “Spotlight” tutor interviews, Dr Andrew Schuman discusses poetry, passion and the potential for learning from students.

The student voice - Undergraduate experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic

When the Clinical School was forced to close its doors in March, medical students seized the opportunity to support Oxford’s effort to combat the pandemic. They volunteered in a huge variety of settings, from the university’s vaccine trial to local GP practices. Here’s what some of them have been up to…

Can a daily probiotic keep antibiotics at bay?

Professor Chris Butler, Director of the Primary Care Clinical Trials Unit, writes about the recent PRINCESS trial, which investigated whether probiotics can reduce infections in care home residents.

Setting the research agenda in advanced heart failure

Dr Nick Jones, Wellcome Trust Doctoral Research Fellow, writes about the Research Priorities in Advanced Heart Failure project, which has now published its top 10 priorities for the research community.

Should azithromycin be used to treat COVID-19?

COVID-19 is caused by a virus - so why would we consider treating it with an antibiotic like azithromycin? GP and DPhil Student, Kome Gbinigie, and Postdoctoral Researcher, Kerstin Frie, review the evidence.

Care organising technologies and the post-phenomenology of care: an ethnographic case study

Gemma Hughes reflects on research into care organising technologies, led by Professor Sara Shaw and recently published in Social Science and Medicine.

British South Asian patients’ views on text messages to support type 2 diabetes

The number of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing globally, a condition that disproportionately affects South Asians. Text messages to support people to manage their diabetes show promise. They are cheap, accessible, and can positively impact blood sugar levels. Senior Qualitative Researcher Dr Suman Prinjha writes about her research (published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth) on how a text messaging system could support medication use in British South Asian people with diabetes.

COVID-19 and heart failure

For people with heart failure, COVID-19 presents a challenge.

Fieldwork in the UK: my experience so far

Reflecting on the processes, challenges and insights gained from my fieldwork.

Spotlight on Dr Suzanne Stewart

In August 2019, Dr Stewart received a prestigious Teaching Excellence Award for her work tutoring medical students across the entire six-year undergraduate programme. The first in a series of GP tutor interviews, Dr Stewart talks about the enjoyment and energy which comes with teaching.

Teaching non-face-to-face consultation

The last few weeks have given all of us a crash course in conducting telephone and video consultations, no matter what our previous experience. The Communication Skills team were ahead of the curve earlier this year, designing a pilot session for medical students in non-face-to-face consulting. GP Tutor Dr Suzanne Stewart describes the work she has done putting this new module together.

High-dose opioids – five factors that increase the risk of harm

DPhil student Georgia Richards argues why its time for doctors to rethink the prescribing of high-dose opioids for people with chronic pain.

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