Longer hospital wait times are leading to patients accessing more healthcare services

  • 7 May 2024
People who are on a waiting list for hospital treatment are accessing healthcare services more than their peers who aren’t awaiting treatment. This means that long waiting lists for elective (scheduled rather than emergency) care could represent a significant and previously unrecognised hidden cost to the health service, according to…

Study sheds light on two types of shoulder replacement surgery for osteoarthritis

  • 1 May 2024
A new study has found that reverse total shoulder replacements (RTSR) provide similar long-term outcomes to traditional anatomical total shoulder replacements (TSR) for patients aged 60 years or older with osteoarthritis (OA) and intact rotator cuff tendons. The study was funded by the National Institute for Health…

Real-time capturing of shared decision making experiences in surgery acceptable to patients

  • 11 April 2024
Patients undergoing surgery were satisfied with using an electronic system to capture their real-time experiences of shared decision making through an online survey. They found the system acceptable and easy to both use and access, according to a paper published in JMIR Human Factors. Shared decision making…

Patient recovery after oesophageal cancer surgery isn’t influenced by using standard or keyhole incisions

  • 25 March 2024
New research has found no evidence of a difference between recovery time and complications when comparing standard and keyhole surgical incisions for the treatment of oesophageal cancer (cancer of the gullet).  The study, led by the University of Bristol Medical School and published…

NIHR Bristol BRC Director’s Fund award for three new research projects

  • 14 December 2023
Three new research projects have secured funding from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Bristol Biomedical Research Centre’s (Bristol BRC) Director’s fund. The Director’s Fund supports exciting new projects across all our research themes which we hope will be developed into something that could directly benefit patients.

Bristol researcher wins BHF Research Story of the Year for work on children’s heart plaster

  • 7 December 2023
A University of Bristol researcher who has developed a new type of ‘heart plaster’ that could improve the way surgeons treat children living with congenital heart disease has won this year’s British Heart Foundation (BHF) Research Story of the Year. The award is part of the charity’s annual Heart Hero…

Second survey to improve international burns care launched

  • 6 November 2023
People are being asked to complete an online survey to help identify the top ten global burns research priorities and improve burns care around the world. The survey is part of an international partnership set up to give a louder voice to burns patients, carers and clinicians. The…

Patient safety and surgical innovation – why new isn’t always better

  • 25 September 2023
Jane Blazeby, Professor of Surgery, University of Bristol, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston and the National Institute for Health and Care Research Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Bristol BRC), talks about the research she’s led to explore and address optimism bias and other issues in surgical innovation.

Three stages to building reciprocal relationships with community groups: the CHICO guidance

  • 18 September 2023
Three key stages to help researchers involve racially marginalised community groups more effectively in their work are explained in a new paper published in Research Involvement and Engagement. The co-produced guidance, which focuses on building reciprocal relationships with communities, is the result of the ‘Checklist for inclusive…