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Care Companion

Recruiting via General Practices in Coventry, Rugby and Warwickshire, starting January 2021; taking expressions of interest now.

Care Companion is a unique online individually tailored resource, designed for informal carers who look after family and friends with long term or life limiting conditions. It has been developed by a team from Warwick Medical School together with a panel of carers to help individuals with caring responsibilities cope with ever-changing physical, emotional and social care needs.

Wed 04 Nov 2020, 10:53 | Tags: CRN Local Research Winter 2020 Study

eTHOS: enhancing The Health Of NHS Staff

Absenteeism and presenteeism costs the NHS approximately £2.4 billion per year and is associated with worse patient outcomes.

The main causes of NHS staff absenteeism are musculoskeletal complaints and mental ill-health. Lifestyle factors such as smoking, obesity and low levels of exercise leading to poor cardiovascular health are also important factors.

Wed 04 Nov 2020, 10:49 | Tags: CRN Winter 2020 Study

Forthcoming Studies/Re-opening Studies

As the CRN is able to move away from engaging in only Urgent Public Health and COVID-19 work, studies that have been put on hold during the pandemic will start to re-open and expressions of interest will be welcomed.

If any of the following studies are of interest, please contact your local research facilitator, details on the back page of the on-line version of Participate, available here.

Tue 04 Aug 2020, 10:47 | Tags: CRN Study Summer 2020

The experiences and perceptions of older people, their carers and their general practice teams in using a 'telephone first' approach for access to appointments (OPTEL): a qualitative study

This study aims to explore the experiences and perceptions of older people and where relevant their carers, in using the ‘telephone first’ approach for access to appointments and advice.

Tue 04 Aug 2020, 10:40 | Tags: CRN Local Research Summer 2020

"I suddenly felt I'd aged": a qualitative study of patient experiences of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)

Patients emphasised the profound disability experienced that was often associated with fear and vulnerability, highlighting how this was often not recognised by health care professionals.

Tue 28 Jul 2020, 11:39 | Tags: CRN Study Results Summer 2020

Practice Packs

You may have seen a previous article about the Practice Pack that contains all the information you need to understand how the Clinical Research Network works with you and your staff and also to promote research generally to patients. The pack contains general research information and patient facing materials.

This is being currently being circulated. If you have not received these materials please contact your local Research Facilitator.

Tue 28 Jul 2020, 11:24 | Tags: CRN Local Research Summer 2020

Research Sites Initiative Scheme

Changes to the Research Sites Initiative Scheme

After running its current format for several years, the Research Sites Initiative (RSI) scheme is now being reviewed. With the changing primary care landscape, with practices merging and new Primary Care Networks emerging, we need to ensure that any future scheme is fit for purpose and can work with all GP practices, wherever the list size.

Wed 18 Sep 2019, 13:55 | Tags: CRN Autumn 2019

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