The Economics of Health Care: Improving health care costs and outcomes for patients
18 May 2023
Melanie Golob, currently studying for a DPhil in Evidence-Based Health Care, reflects on her experience of our module on the Economics of Health Care.
Introducing the Oxford Global Healthcare Network
28 April 2023
A blog by Dr Gurpreet Singh Kalra and Shawn D. Mathis, members of cohort 1 of the MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership
Non-specific symptom pathways: How are they working and where are they going?
27 April 2023
When it comes to diagnosing and treating non-specific symptoms (NSS) in cancer patients, a holistic approach is essential. However, the implementation of non-specific symptom pathways and national policies promoting holistic care can vary greatly among healthcare providers. In our workshop presented at the Cancer in Primary Care conference at Worcester College, Oxford, we discussed key challenges and future directions for research in providing comprehensive care to those with NSS.
Gender Bias in the Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disorders
25 April 2023
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are a leading cause of death worldwide, and early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for improving patient outcomes. However, recent studies have shown that there is a gender bias in the diagnosis of CVDs, with women being less likely to receive timely and accurate diagnoses than men.
International Women's Day: Reflections from a DPhil Student
8 March 2023
DPhil student Amadea Turk reflects on her experiences—both the successes and the stumbling blocks—working as a researcher in Primary Care.
Research highlight: Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation: Cochrane Living Systematic Review
8 March 2023
Today is National No Smoking Day 2023, and we're delighted to share the research happening across the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, to determine the effects of e-cigarettes to help smokers achieve long‐term abstinence.
Beyond the Binary: An Intersectional Approach to Digital Health Disparities for Marginalised Women
8 March 2023
Digital health & innovation Health Services Research Health experiences Patient experience Policy & health systems Public engagement & involvement
Digital health disparities disproportionately affect marginalised women, making it challenging for them to access healthcare services. These women may face multiple hurdles such as lack of accessibility to digital technologies, gaps in language and translation support, low health and digital literacy, dismissive attitudes of healthcare providers, and the adverse impact other aspects of social policy have on their health and ability to access care.
Cancer risk prediction study seeks YOUR input
7 March 2023
A team led by researchers at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford is seeking to develop a new ‘Risk calculator’ that will help clinicians decide which patients should be offered further tests for cancer, based on changes in their symptoms and test results. To help us with our research, we are looking for patient and members of the public to join our team as patient and public representatives.
Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2023 – Food for thought
2 March 2023
28 of February to 5 of March is Eating Disorders Awareness week. Elena Tsompanaki, a registered dietitian and DPhil student in Primary Care in the Health Behaviours team explains why awareness is important in eating disorders.
Sharing stories to advance gender health equity
10 February 2023
11 February 2023, marks the 8th annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Here NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow, Tori Ford, explores what this day means for achieving gender health equity from both a researcher and patient perspective.