Autistic people find taking part in research studies acceptable

  • 26 October 2023
Autistic people find the idea of taking part in randomised controlled trials acceptable, according to the results of a study partly funded by the Bristol BRC and published in Autism journal. They link their positive attitude towards research participation to a heightened sense of fairness, a preference…

Trauma-informed approaches in healthcare: strategy and evidence

  • 24 October 2023
The implementation of trauma-informed approaches in UK healthcare requires policy commitment, leadership support and a solid evidence base. According to a recent study by researchers at the University of Bristol, these approaches can prevent re-traumatisation in services and improve experiences and outcomes for both patients and staff.

Changes to children’s active club participation in the wake of the pandemic

  • 9 October 2023
The Active-6 project led by researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Exercise, Nutrition, and Health Sciences has been exploring how 10-11-year-old’s physical activity has changed since the pandemic. Here study manager Dr Danielle House provides an overview of a new paper on children’s club participation,…

Few eligible patients get access to publicly funded weight management programmes in England

  • 28 September 2023
Primary care data on more than 1.8 million adults with overweight or obesity found that only about three per cent were referred to weight management interventions. Of the more than 1.8 million adults in England with a recorded diagnosis of overweight or obesity, only three per cent are referred to…

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.

Developing online remote screening for memory problems

  • 21 September 2023
This blog was written by Victoria Gabb, a researcher from the Research into Memory and the Brain (ReMemBr) group at the Bristol Brain Centre in Southmead Hospital. In it, she reflects on working with a patient and public involvement (PPI) group to develop an online screening tool…

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…

Updated process to oversee the safe introduction of new surgical procedures

  • 17 September 2023
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has worked with researchers from the surgical and orthopaedic innovation theme at the Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (Bristol BRC) to create a flow diagram outlining an updated process for overseeing the safe introduction of new surgical procedures. The…

Weight management intervention for adolescents wins ASO Ken Clare Award for involving public in obesity research

  • 15 September 2023
An intervention aimed at helping adolescents manage their weight has won the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) Ken Clare Award for excellence in patient and public involvement and engagement with obesity research. The intervention is part of the AIM2Change study and was jointly developed by Bristol…