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Long Covid, like most chronic illness, is having a dramatic effect on family life, schooling, and relationships

As a chronic illness long Covid can have a dramatic effect on individual and family life, schooling, and relationships. Debilitating symptoms may last months, or years. Our team in the Medical Sociology & Health Experiences Research Group (MS&HERG) have been finding out how family life has been transformed by having, or caring for someone with, long Covid.

Diagnostic tests for children — are we getting it right?

Spending by the National Health Service continues to rise. To continue to offer safe and effective health care, we need to find ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Children make up one-fifth of the UK population and 10% of the general practice workload. If we can find ways to improve efficiency in paediatric care, everyone could benefit, most of all children and their parents.

DPhil student exchange programme: Emilie’s experience

Emilie reflects on her experience as a visiting DPhil student with the Interdisciplinary Research in Health Sciences (IRIHS) team, or in her words ‘the best three months’ of her DPhil study!

Supporting the ‘Multi’ in Multi-agency working for child safeguarding

The recently published national review into the tragic deaths of Star Hobson and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes identified serious failings in multi-agency child protection working and recommended the establishment of Multi-Agency Child Protection Units (MACPU). In this blog, health and social workers, including the NIHR Doctoral Researcher Fellow and GP, Sharon Dixon, and Professor Catherine Pope from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, highlight their support for the review's call for guidance, and their plans to develop multi-agency working by accounting for different cultures and working practices of individual agencies.

Retracted publications on COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2: transparency in research

Final-year medical students, Ibrahim and Alicia, share details of their Special Studies Module (SSM) project; carried out alongside Dr. David Nunan at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.

Sixth year primary care medical students share details of their project focusing on identifying research irregularities for systematic reviews

Sixth year primary care medical students Sarah Peters and Archie Lodge joined the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine for a three-week period as part of a special study module to improve their knowledge of evidence-based medicine. In this blog, they discuss their project, focusing on evaluating available techniques to identify research irregularities that require further scrutiny and the role they play when conducting systematic reviews.

Five ways the pandemic has affected routine medical care

Director of the Evidence-Based Health Care DPhil programme, Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, shares five ways that the pandemic has affected routine medical care - also published in The Conversation.

Building on pandemic experiences: DPhil Research Assistant, Amelia Talbot

Amelia is a DPhil Research Assistant in the Medical Sociology and Health Experiences Research Group. Find out how Amelia adapted to online research, and what she plans to take away from the last two years.

Professor Barry McCormick, CBE – a tribute

We are sad to share the news that our colleague and friend, Professor Barry McCormick, died on 14 June 2022, from the consequences of Covid-19 at the age of 72.

Sixth year medical student, Ben, shares details of upcoming project, focusing on critically appraising tools used to influence clinical decision-making

Sixth year primary care medical student, Ben, will be joining the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine for a three-week period as part of his special study module (SSM), to pursue his interests in meta-analysis and interventions.

Study shows that in the two years after Brexit, mental health in the UK worsened compared to trend

Researchers from the Health Economics group of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences (NDPCHS) and Bocconi University, Italy, found that in the two years after Brexit, mental health in the UK worsened compared to trend, especially among younger men, the highly educated and natives living in “Remain” areas.

Sixth year medical student, Charlotte, shares evidence-based project as part of the special studies module (SSM)

Sixth year primary care medical student, Charlotte, joined the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine for a three-week period as part of her special study module, to improve her knowledge of evidence-based medicine. In this blog, Charlotte discusses her project, focusing on evaluating the reporting of medication adherence to pharmacological interventions in coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) related randomized control trials (RCTs).

Cranberry for acute Urinary Tract Infection – an old wives’ tale? Or mother nature’s cure?

Cranberry in various forms has been used by women for decades to help treat Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). Up to 27% of women report using cranberry to help treat a UTI (1). But does it actually work? 'Primary Care post-doctoral researcher, Dr Oghenekome Gbinigie, explains findings from her recent studies.

The Very Human Side of Medicine

This term saw an exciting new venture for Year 2 students, run jointly between the Patient & Doctor and Psychology for Medicine courses. Students were given the opportunity to experience reflective practice in a group setting, with the aim of helping them think about their emotional responses to patient encounters. GP Tutor, Lorna Monteith, reflects on her experiences facilitating this new session.

Spotlight on… Dr SanYuMay Tun

For this term’s “spotlight interview” we speak to Dr SanYuMay Tun, who has recently been appointed to the new Medical School post of Lead for Education for Sustainable Healthcare. She discusses her new role and how we can all promote sustainability in our teaching.

Behind the scenes: setting-up for an OSCE…

Pantomimes are not the only activity which require intensive preparation and rehearsal in Tingewick Hall. For every Primary Care-related OSCE, the admin team (Emma, Maria, Jacqui and Charlotte) work hard for days and weeks in advance, always producing a well-oiled and successful performance on the day. Here they give a glimpse of the inner-workings of “Operation OSCE”

The student voice: Ima Silva and Martha Hughes on the pilot “Learning from Patients" course

Over the past year, the Primary Care Teaching Group has run a pilot clinical course for Year 3 students. Named “Learning from Patients”, this new venture has successfully provided the opportunity for extended patient contact to students who are otherwise engaged in their FHS scientific studies. Ima Silva and Martha Hughes are Year 3 students who have participated in the pilot course. Here, they give their verdicts.

The student voice: Medical Student Ioan Baxter share 3rd-year research project

Ioan Baxter, a 3rd-year medical student, at Worcester College, writes this blog, detailing his research project, as part of the Final Honours Scheme Research Projects Programme, completed under the supervision of Dr. David Nunan of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.

Meat Your Persona: a travelling exhibition

Lucy Yates, Public Engagement Coordinator for the multi-disciplinary Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) research programme talks us through the development, delivery, and what was learnt from creating a national touring installation to support the public to engage with the environmental and health impacts of meat eating.

Closing the STEM gap is a collective responsibility

11 February 2022 is International Day of Women and Girls in Science; a day dedicated to helping ensure women and girls are encouraged and able to contribute and benefit from the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Here DataLab policy lead, Jess Morley, discusses the challenges involved in closing the gap in representation and reward for women working in these fields, and what the DataLab are trying to do to help lower some of the associated barriers.

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