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NIHR Signal Psychological therapies may improve parenting skills in parents of children with chronic illness

Psychological therapies appear to show promise in helping improve self-reported parenting behaviour of parents of children and adolescents with cancer, chronic pain, diabetes or traumatic brain injury.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and problem-solving therapy (PST) appear particularly valuable in supporting this. Psychological therapies... Read More

  • 13 June 2019
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NIHR Signal Steps to better understanding resistant behaviours and the culture of bedside dementia care in hospitals

High levels of resistance to care by people with dementia can be exacerbated by responses by staff on the wards. This study sought to understand the interactions and culture underlying care by closely observing and documenting what was actually happening on ten wards in five UK hospitals, and through interviews with carers and families.

This... Read More

  • 13 June 2019
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NIHR Signal More than 80% of total knee replacements can last for 25 years

Large data sets from national registries and case series show that about 82% of total knee replacements and 70% of partial (unicompartmental) knee replacements last for 25 years.

This NIHR-funded review of that data is the first to demonstrate longer-term effectiveness of these procedures. This means that the operation, which aims to relieve... Read More

  • 11 June 2019
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NIHR Signal Smartphones instead of direct supervision can improve adherence rates for TB treatment

People who need supervision take their medication for tuberculosis (TB) more reliably when using a smartphone to send video evidence instead of direct observations; for example, by attending a clinic appointment. Almost double the number of observations was completed in the video-supervised arm at six months than when people were directly... Read More

  • 11 June 2019
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NIHR Signal Iron deficiency in people with chronic kidney disease can be managed with either oral or IV therapy

For people with chronic kidney disease who are also iron deficient, intravenous iron improves haemoglobin levels and iron stores faster than oral iron. However, the evidence is inconclusive about whether it influences survival, cardiovascular death, or quality of life. Adverse effects and such as allergic reactions or gastrointestinal side effects ... Read More

  • 4 June 2019
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