Applying a commercial determinants perspective to suicide and self-harm prevention

  • 10 September 2023
Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s more deaths than due to HIV, malaria, or war. Effective methods for preventing suicide exist but they are not being implemented. We need to ask why. Suicide and self-harm are important public health issues the world over.

Funding awarded for research into shared decision making in surgery

  • 5 September 2023
The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has awarded the North Bristol NHS Trust and the University of Bristol almost £150,000 to conduct research into improving shared decision making in surgery. The NIHR Programme Development Grant award will enable the study team working within the…

Using automation to streamline living systematic reviews

  • 4 September 2023
Researchers conducting living systematic reviews could benefit from automation tools to make workflow more efficient. Tools using artificial intelligence and machine learning could improve the screening process but have limitations, according to a study published in Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen. The team behind…

My journey from pharma to data science: an internship tale

  • 30 August 2023
Hello everyone, I’m Femi, a recent graduate from the University of Gloucestershire’s data science MSc programme. My journey to this point has been fascinating, filled with unexpected turns and enlightening discoveries. Today, I’m excited to share my story with you. From my beginnings in clinical pharmacy to…

Flash glucose monitoring may improve diabetes management in children and young people

  • 29 August 2023
Flash glucose monitoring might help young people improve control of their diabetes, according to a study published in the BMJ Open Diabetes and Care. Researchers in the South-West of England found some indication that flash monitoring with the first-generation FreeStyle Libre® sensor might offer an alternative to…

Study reveals surgeons need to improve how they communicate with patients about innovative procedures

  • 14 August 2023
Patients are not given sufficient information about the novel status of a procedure, possible uncertainties or potential risks when deciding to go ahead with the procedure, a study published in the Annals of Surgery has found. The study, funded by the National Institute for Health and Care…

A new normal for children’s physical activity in the wake of the pandemic

  • 8 August 2023
This blog was originally published by the Youth Sport Trust on 7 August 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 Year 6’s physical activity and screen-viewing in 2017/18…

Significant variations in hip fracture health costs and care between NHS hospitals and regions, study finds

  • 11 July 2023
There are significant variations in healthcare spending and care delivery across NHS hospitals in England and Wales following hip fracture, a new study aimed at understanding how hospital care impacts patients’ outcomes and costs has revealed. The study, led by the University of Bristol and funded by…

Developing a visual arts-based programme to prevent anxiety and depression among school children

  • 10 July 2023
A new survey to help design a visual art-based programme aiming to prevent anxiety and depression among 11-12 year olds has been launched by University of Bristol researchers. The survey is aimed at secondary school art teachers and staff who support mental health in secondary schools. The ‘Create for Confidence’…