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Bringing together NIHR research on a particular theme

Overview of recent research on topics or themes that have been highlighted as being of interest by members of the community.

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Patient experience of primary care

Every year since 2007 the NHS in England asked patients what they think about their GP practice in a large national survey. The survey findings are intended to inform patients, healthcare professionals and planners about patients’ experience of the care provided by individual practices in England. This Highlight shares insights obtained from research using this ...

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Options in the care of people with depression

Depression may affect more than one in ten of the UK population at any one time, and cost the NHS in excess of £500m per year, with high additional costs in informal care and lost working time. Depression is typically a recurring condition, and more than half of people who experience depression once will go ...

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Pandemic flu

Every winter, many of us will get the flu. Most people will get better after a few days, but for certain vulnerable people, it can have serious consequences, including pneumonia. The prevailing strain of virus changes a little every year and an annual programme of immunisation, with a fresh vaccine, is conducted during the autumn ...

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Alternatives to open surgery

Over ten million people in the UK are living with musculoskeletal conditions, such as arthritis and the effects of fractures and other injuries. They are the reason for at least 20% of all visits to the GP. These conditions become more common in an ageing population, due to wear and tear on the joints, obesity, ...

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Managing obesity in men

In the UK, it’s estimated that around one in every four adults is obese, with research suggesting that ratio is likely to increase over time. Obesity is associated with a number of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions including stroke, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and some types of cancer. Although men are more likely ...

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Cognitive therapies for depression

While depression is often treated with anti-depressant medication, there is good evidence that cognitive therapies are also effective. These are 'talking therapies' which aim to help people with depression to minimise the impact of negative thoughts and develop strategies for coping with difficult feelings or situations. There are a range of these therapies, but this ...

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Supporting carers of people with dementia

Dementia is becoming more common as we live longer. Caring for people with dementia is demanding, with increased dependency as the disease progresses and behaviour which is often challenging. Many carers are older and may have their own health problems as well. We need to know more about the needs of carers and which kinds ...

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