Library website now contains a Research Support portal

liblogo2015If you’re planning or undertaking research, why not check out our research portal? There are links to different resources such as databases, grey literature, and referencing, as well as tools for referencing and contact details for any help you might need. Click here to access the portal!

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Physician associates are as good as GPs in treating same day patients but cost less, study finds

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Physician associates could be a solution to overburdened general practices, researchers have said, after they found that outcomes in patients seen by these health professionals were similar to those in patients seen by GPs and that they cost less to practices.

The researchers looked at the medical records of 2086 patients presenting for same day appointments at 12 general practices in England over four weeks in 2011 and 2012 (two weeks in winter and two weeks in summer) who were seen by a physician associate or GP. Physician associates have previously been known as physician assistants.

Study shows statin use is associated with lower risk of liver cancer

thebmj_logoTaking a statin is associated with a near halving of the risk of liver cancer, show the results of a new study reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Previous research has linked statins to a reduced risk of liver cancer, but much of the evidence has been from areas of the world with high rates of this type of cancer. So, researchers analysed data from the United Kingdom to investigate the effects of taking statins in a country with a relatively low incidence of liver cancer.

Staff Library ‘Updates’ Service

bulletins circleTwice a year, the Staff Library Service issues a series of  Updates that list the details of recent research reports in various specialties. Many of the articles have a link to the full text which you can access via an Athens password. Details on how to do this are explained clearly in each Update.

The Update series includes:

  • Audiology
  • Cardiac Care
  • Chaplaincy and Counselling
  • Dermatology
  • Dietetics
  • Mental Health
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Ophthalmology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy

If you would like to receive an electronic copy of any of the  ‘Updates‘ by email, then please contact us on 01625 661362.

Health Matters – Tuesday 14 May

The topic this month is “East Cheshire NHS Trust – Researching Today for a Better Tomorrow”

Members of our Clinical Research Team are delivering the next Health Matters public talk on Tuesday, 14 May, 7.00-8.00pm, in the new Lecture Theatre at Macclesfield District General Hospital. 

The Trust is actively involved in research in a number of key areas including cancer, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, medicines for children, cardiology, haematology, rheumatology, and stroke.

The purpose of this Health Matters talk is to demystify clinical trials, explain how they work, and look at some of the exciting research currently under way. The session will be introduced by Dr Susan Knight, and the talk will be given by our research nurses including Clare Vandor, Barbara Townley, Beverley Jones, and Joanne Shippey.

Members of staff are welcome to come along – to book your place please contact the Communications and Engagement Department on 01625 661560 or email us at ecn-tr.YourVoice@nhs.net