Events 2018

25th June 2018 AM/PM Qualitative Research Advice Clinic

For PenCLAHRC and IHR Staff and Students

UEMS qualitative researchers will be available to give face-to-face advice and signposting for your qualitative research queries

Please book a time via the UEMS store:

2.35, South Cloisters, St Luke's
27th June 2018 12.45-1.45pm Clinical Education Seminar

Over Homer's Dead Body - Rejuvenating Medical Education. Seeking Help from Homer

Keynote speakers Robert Marshall and Alan Bleakley discuss their book ‘Rejuvenating Medical Education. Seeking Help from Homer’, in which the authors return to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey for inspiration, using these epics as a medium through which to “think otherwise” about key issues in contemporary medicine and medical education.

WK Norman, St Luke's

27th June 2018 10.30-11.30am APEx Seminar Series

Psychosocial interventions in cardiovascular disease
Professor David Thompson, Professor of Nursing, Queen’s University Belfast

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JS07, Smeall Building, St Luke's

(VC to F083, Knowledge Spa)

4th July 2018 12.30-1.15pm

Institute of Health Research

Joint Seminar with Heath Statistics Group (UEMS) and Genetics Group

Don’t take it personally: careful causal analysis of claims for personalised medicine is long overdue

Prof Stephen Senn
Professor of Statistics

From former prime-ministers to captains of industry, all are convinced of the great potential for personalising the treatments of patients based on more and more measurement. A premise of the argument is the evident variation of ‘response’ in clinical trials. I claim we know much less about true causal variation than we think we do and that there is a surprising culprit for our misunderstanding: the evidence based medicine movement and its obsession with numbers needed to treat. I consider what we need to do to understand variation better and what the implications are for public health.

Prof Senn has recently retired but has had a distinguished academic career as Professor of Statistics at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (2011-2018) the University of Glasgow (2003-2011) and University College London (1995-2003). In addition to working as an academic he has also worked for the pharmaceutical industry in Switzerland and the National Health Service in England. He is the author of three books, Cross-over Trials in Clinical Research (1993 & 2002), Statistical Issues in Drug Development (1997, 2007) and Dicing with Death (2003). His expertise is in statistical methods for drug development and statistical inference.

Please email Leala Watson if you require further information:

PMS lecture theatre, RILD Building

5th July 2018 12.30pm APEx Barbara Starfield Lecture

4th Barbara Starfield Annual Lecture

Professor Jeannie Haggerty PhD
McGill Chair in Family and Community Medicine Research, McGill University, Montreal Canada

Continuity of care and the new normal of multimorbidity in primary care
- appreciating and extending Barbara Starfield’s notion of longitudinal person-focused care

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A sandwich lunch will be available following the lecture for people who have registered their attendance

From Professor Haggerty …..
Professor Barbara Starfield was a distinguished academic and health services researcher whose vision for Primary Care and General Practice centred health services was instrumental in providing solid theoretical foundations and the evidence for the provision of effective and cost effective health services.

Barbara Starfield proposed that while continuity of care is an attribute of good healthcare, it is uniquely expressed and valued in primary care as person-focused care over time, or longitudinality. So continuity in primary care has become virtually synonymous with establishing a therapeutic relationship with the patient and is often indicated by the extent to which a patient concentrates care in their GP. However, as it has become the norm for older adults to have two or more chronic conditions, so being seen by multiple clinicians and having multiple treatment plans has also become the norm. Her talk will summarise research on what patients say about the challenge of managing multiple providers and present why and how we need to expand the notion of continuity of care to include other clinicians, while underlying the value of person-focused care over time.

Professor Jeannie Haggerty’s domain of research is the measure of patient experience of patient-centred healthcare and measurement of access and continuity, and how these measures relate to changes in organizational and professional practices.

Jeannie has authored over 100 key papers in Health Services Research. She authored one of the seminal papers on the interdisciplinary concept of continuity of care that has been cited over 1000 times, and has informed policies through her health services  research in the field of primary care.

3.06, South Cloister, St Luke's
12th July 2018 10.30-11.30am Learning, Knowing, Doing Series

Brokering innovation in creating an evidence base for community services

Janet Harris, University of Sheffield
This session will centre on a project that works across government, university, healthcare, and community sectors to agree an evidence base for integrated health and social care services like social prescribing and community navigators. The Triple Helix framework is used to assess whether knowledge brokering can be used to promote innovation in generating evidence, looking at what has been needed to (a) create a Knowledge Space; (b) foster an Innovation Space, where evaluation methods are now being used to establish 'proof of concept'; and (c) create a Consensus Space where local government, NHS, the VCF sector and academics can agree on what’s valued.
Janet Harris is a Reader in Knowledge Mobilisation at the School of Health & Related Research (ScHARR) in the University of Sheffield. She previously worked in Boston, USA, on cross-sectoral community-based approaches to developing and evaluating large public health programmes and subsequently returned to England to complete a PhD in Public Health based on community-based participatory research.

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Please note that this seminar may be recorded

3.06, South Cloisters, St Luke's (VC to MR8, John Bull Building, Plymouth and F083, The Knowledge Spa, Truro
20th July 2018 2.00pm

Joint RSS South West Local Group and Exeter Health Statistics Event


Methodological Advances in Evidence Synthesis

Orestis Efthimiou
University of Bern

Network meta-analysis (NMA) is an extension of the usual (pairwise) meta-analysis. It is a statistical tool for synthesizing evidence obtained from studies comparing multiple competing interventions for the same disease. In this lecture, we will go through some recent advances in the field. First, we will discuss a new model for the NMA of binary outcomes. This model generalizes the well-known Mantel-Haenszel method, and can be especially valuable for the case of rare events, e.g. when synthesising data on mortality or serious adverse events. The method has been implemented in R in freely available, easy-to-use routines. Second, we will discuss models for including non-randomized studies in NMA. Non-randomized studies can reveal whether or not interventions are effective in real-life clinical practice and there is a growing interest in including such evidence in the decision-making process. Here we present and compare an array of alternative methods, and we apply some of the methods in previously published clinical examples. Finally, we will discuss methods for individual participant data network meta-analysis (IPD-NMA). IPD are considered the gold standard in evidence synthesis, and inclusion of IPD in NMA offers unique advantages, such as increase in precision, decrease in heterogeneity, as well as the capacity to individualize the treatment according to a patients characteristics. We showcase our methods using an example from depression.

All Welcome
Tea will (hopefully) be served after the talk
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2.13, South Cloisters, St Luke's
25th July 2018   Qualitative Research Advice Clinic

For PenCLAHRC and IHR Staff and Students

UEMS qualitative researchers will be available to give face-to-face advice and signposting for your qualitative research queries

Please book a time via the UEMS store:

2.17, South Cloisters, St Luke's