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PenCLAHRC Matters - April 2014

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the April 2014 issue of the PenCLAHRC Matters e-newsletter. I hope that you have all had a relaxing Easter break.
It was great to see a PenCLAHRC-supported project in the news recently. A review carried out as part of the PenCLAHRC supported hypertension project confirmed the existence of the ‘white coat effect’, where having your blood pressure taken by a doctor leads to significantly higher readings than when taken by a nurse. You can read more about this interesting piece of work below.
I am also very pleased to welcome a number of new PenCLAHRC staff who have joined us recently. We now have four new researchers and an operations manager, all of whom will be based in Plymouth. It’s great to see our research capacity increasing so substantially and I’m sure we will all look forward to working with them over the coming months.

With best wishes, 

Stuart Logan
Director of PenCLAHRC

Study supports 'white coat effect' of doctors on blood pressure readings

A PenCLAHRC-supported systematic review led by Dr Christopher Clark has discovered that doctors routinely record blood pressure levels that are significantly higher than those recorded by nurses.

The findings are thought to be the result of the patients physical response to being assessed by a doctor, known as the 'white coat effect'.  Dr Clarke has suggested that the findings, published in the British Journal of General Practice should lead to changes in clinical practice. 

The results of this study were reported by a number of media outlets, including the BBC, Science Daily, Daily Mail, Western Morning News, and the Herald Scotland as well as being broadcast on ITV Westcountry news.   

View the full news story here.

NEW Summer Seminar Series

PenCLAHRC are pleased to announce the launch of a new seminar series 'Research in Diagnostics' which aims to develop capacity for multi-disciplinary research in diagnostics by providing a forum to discuss hot topics and forge new research ideas and collaborations.

The first four seminars will focus on:
  • (Informed?) diagnostic decision making
  • Before test accuracy: Evaluation of the analytical performance of laboratory tests
  • The place of RCTs in diagnostic research
  • Comparative diagnostic test accuracy reviews

The first seminar will take place on Tuesday 29th April 13.00-14.30 at the Veysey Building.  For more information, click here

Please email Zhivko Zhelev if you would like to attend.

NIHR new media competition

PenCLAHRC PhD Student in Mental Health, Lucy Perry, has entered the NIHR new media competition with a video on Dementia.  Following the results of a recent systematic review, the video illustrates how people decide to seek help for the signs of dementia. 

Click here to view the video.

International Women's Day 2014

Professor Nicky Britten has been named as one of the 31 inspirational women who are featured on the University of Exeter's website as part of the continued celebrations for International Women's Day 2014.  You can read more about what inspires Nicky here.

The University of Exeter have also put together a photo montage video which features staff and students from across the University nominating their most inspirational women. 

Click here to view the video.

Are you a nurse, midwife or AHP?

Dr Vicki Goodwin and Professor Dave Richards are working on developing a strategy for increasing research capacity in UEMS and PenCLAHRC.  Anyone with a nursing, midwifery or AHP background is invited to join them for a discussion on how to identify and engage with these groups of professionals to promote capacity building and research programmes relevant to their practice.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday 7th May 10.30 - 12.00 at the Veysey Building (Room 006). 

Please email Vicki Goodwin if you plan to attend.

Bursary success

Congratulations to Dr Kerry Jones who has been successful in obtaining a bursary to present findings of a study "Initiating Discussion in End of Life Care: Clinicians Perspectives" at the 10th Palliative Care Congress 12-14th March 2014 in Harrogate. The study was conducted with Becky Baines (Consultant in Palliative Medicine) and Dr Iain Lang and was funded by the Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust small research grant scheme.
Events Diary
Research in Diagnostics Seminar
29th April, Veysey Building, University of Exeter.  More information.

Searching and Review Clinics
8th May and 20th May, Veysey Building, University of Exeter.  More information.

HSRN Spring meeting: New organisational research for patient safety
15th May 14.00-18.00, Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H9HQ. More information.   

RILD Opening event: CRF Open Day
3rd June 08.30–14.30, RILD Building, RD&E Hospital.
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