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UK Disability History Month – practicing disability-inclusion in research

In this blog, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Science DPhil student Sara Rotenberg, reflects how UK Disability History Month 2022 offers a time to reflect on how we can improve accessibility in our approach to research and shares some tips for practicing disability-inclusion in research.

What is Translational Health Sciences? What does an MSc in this topic offer?

Translational research is messy and dynamic. In this blog, Director of the MSc in Translational Health Sciences, Professor Trish Greenhalgh, introduces us to the MSc and discusses the need for such an interdisciplinary and applied programme that explores downstream elements of knowledge translation, such as human actions and interactions, to improve the success of efforts to implement innovations in complex healthcare systems.

7 things to know about e-cigarettes and quitting smoking

In this blog, Jamie Hartmann-Boyce from the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group and Martin Dockrell from the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities share 7 things you need to know about e-cigarettes and quitting smoking, with evidence from the Cochrane Living Review of E-cigarettes and Smoking Cessation

Antibiotic Guardians: two-way learning through science festivals

World Antibiotic Awareness Week is upon us! This global campaign, taking place between 18-24 November 2022, aims to improve the awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), as well as promote practices to ensure the responsible use of antibiotics.

Are doctors biased against certain medical conditions?

In this blog, Catia Nicodemo and Brooke Scoles explain how research from the Health Economics group of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and the London School of Economics found that language from online discussions reveals doctors have more negative attitudes toward specific medical conditions. This was true even when comparing diseases with similar characteristics.

Student experience: MSc in Translational Health Sciences

In this blog, Madeline Tatum, a recent graduate of the full-time MSc in Translational Health Sciences, shares what she most valued from her experience of studying on the programme.

Equality, diversity and inclusion in our Research Strategy

Professor Richard McManus, NDPCHS Research Committee Chair, reflects on putting into practice the department's commitment to supporting and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion as part of our Research Strategy

MSc in Translational Health Sciences: addressing complexities of knowledge translation in healthcare

In this blog, Course Director Anne Ferrey, reflects on the MSc in Translational Health Sciences as its third year begins and discusses the complex issues this interdisciplinary programme seeks to address in relation to research innovation and implementation in healthcare.

Visit to Nishkam, September 2022

Recently a small group from Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences were privileged to be able to visit the Nishkam in Handsworth, Birmingham at the invitation of DPhil student Shuranjeet Takhar, who is closely involved with the work of the organisation. The Nishkam is an outstanding example of a ‘system-wide’ approach to strengthening communities through an interfaith initiative.

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.

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