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- Barriers to effective self-management of asthma: A systematic review
- Brain development study
An investigation of brain development alterations in relation to birth weight in adolescents.
- BREATHE (Breathing Retraining for Asthma Trial of Home Exercise)
Although effective medicinal treatment exists for asthma, many people continue to have distressing symptoms and impaired quality of life. People with asthma have expressed interest in non-drug asthma treatments, particularly in breathing exercises. Several recent studies have shown benefits from a short course of breathing exercises taught by a respiratory physiotherapist for people with asthma who remained symptomatic despite usual treatment. We believe that many NHS patients could potentially benefit from these exercises, but unfortunately, there is currently not enough access to suitable trained physiotherapists able to provide such a service. We propose to provide the same breathing training programme that we have previously shown to be effective when taught 'face-to-face' by a physiotherapist in the form of a DVD, or internet download. Patients will use this in their own home at times convenient to them, in addition to their standard treatment (e.g. with inhalers). We will find out whether this type of instruction is better than the 'usual care' that is currently provided, and whether it is as good as the 'face to face' physiotherapist instruction (which is more expensive and less convenient for patients).
- Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in primary care
Feasibility Randomised Controlled Trial of mebeverine, methylcellulose, placebo and a patient self-management cognitive behavioural therapy website.
- MARATONE (Mental Health Training through Research Network in Europe)
MARATONE is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network project coordinated by Prof. Alarcos Cieza that directly addresses the need for high-level training and career pathways in mental health to increase the inter-sectorial and trans-national employability of young scientists in the academic, public and private sectors to meet the enormous challenge of the 2009 EU Parliament Resolution on Mental Health. The Resolution set out recommendations for a comprehensive and integrated mental health strategy for Europe. MARATONE is designed to address the biggest challenge to implementing this ambitious strategy: the lack of training for career pathways for young scientists in multidisciplinary mental health research.
- MHRN Early Intervention Group - Dormant
Developing studies into protocols for funding bodies
- Model disability survey
Following the recommendations of the WHO and World Bank’s World Report on Disability and its recommendations about the need for internationally comparable and reliable disability data, WHO and the World Bank have begun a project to develop standardized survey questions that can gather information both on the health state of an individual – limitations in the capacity to function – as well as the features of the environment that facilitate or create barriers to functioning.This planned Model Disability Survey will use a common definition of and conceptual framework for disability based on WHO's International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF). The survey will provide data that social, health and other sectors require, and which can respond to monitoring requirements of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
- Mothers experiencing concentration, organisation and regulation problems - Dormant
What kind of support do they think they need?
- Moving people toward felt-security
- PARADISE (Psychosocial Difficulties Relevant to Brain Disorders in Europe)
PARADISE is a coordinated action project funded by the European Union (EU) under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). It is composed of 10 partners across Europe and is coordinated by Prof. Alarcos Cieza. The objective of the project is to develop and test an innovative approach to collecting clinical data on the psychosocial difficulties that people experience when they suffer from brain disorders.The novelty of this approach, called 'horizontal epidemiology, is that the problems people have to deal with need not be linked to the specific diagnosis of the condition they have, but are problems that people with very different brain conditions (e.g. dementia, depression, epilepsy, migraine, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson´s Disease, schizophrenia, stroke and substance use disorders) have in common. If this is proven true, this way of collecting information would profoundly change how services are organized and delivered to people with brain disorders across Europe, improving their lives and life opportunities.
- Placebo effects and informed consent
- Positive Online Weight Reduction Plus (POWeR+)
- Positive Online Weight Reduction (POWeR)
Developing a nurse-delivered behavioural intervention to support weight loss in obese adults
- PRimary care Infection Management for Everday practice (PRIME)
A primary care trial of a tailored interactive website for the self-management of respiratory infections
A primary care trial of a website based infection control intervention to modify influenza-like illness and respiratory infection transmission.
- Programme for Early Detection and Intervention for ADHD (PEDIA)
A research initiative to target difficult to treat children and hard to reach families
- PROstate ACTIVE Surveillance support
- Psychological and physiological stress reactivity in young adults who experienced severe early institutional deprivation - Dormant
- Psychosocial stress and multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms
An investigation of the role of everyday life stress and cortisol secretion in the occurrence and experience of MS symptoms.
- Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT)Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT) is a major adaptation of standard DBT for patients who suffer from emotional over-control. RO-DBT has been developed over the past 20 years, in labs in the US and UK, for patients with chronic or treatment resistant depression or anorexia nervosa. Emotional overcontrolAlthough ‘self-control’ is thought desirable and uncontrolled behaviour is often censured, self-control is an underlying factor in many treatment-resistant conditions. Excessive self-control is associated with social isolation, poor interpersonal functioning, and can result in severe and difficult-to-treat mental health problems, such as anorexia nervosa, chronic depression, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (e.g., Lynch & Cheavens, 2008; Riso et al., 2003; Zucker et al., 2007).
REFRAMED is the study acronym for REFRActory depression - Mechanisms and Efficacy of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
- Resolving visual ambiguity
A study of the choices made by the visual system