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Here are summaries of some of our latest posts. Clicking on a title will take you to the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC blog to read the full article.

 

University of Michigan shares informatics research
(18 April 2018)
In February, researchers Zach Landis-Lewis and Dahee Lee from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA), visited the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC Safety Informatics team at the Health eResearch Centre (HeRC) and gave a seminar on feedback interventions. Zach is Assistant Professor of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. Currently he […]

Making prescribing safer with PINCER
(16 March 2018)
Recent news reports brought home the importance of reducing medication errors in healthcare. The news coverage highlighted that research, conducted by university academics in Manchester, Sheffield and York estimated 230,000 errors each year in the administering of medication in the NHS, contributing to 22,000 deaths. While the majority of these errors are spotted (and corrected) […]

A Patient Safety Toolkit for general practice
(15 March 2018)
The development and testing of a Patient Safety Toolkit for general practice has taken place over a number of years by a partnership of researchers at the Greater Manchester PSTRC in Nottingham (including Tony Avery, Brian Bell, Sarah Rodgers, Ndeshi Salema, Rachel Spencer) and Manchester (including Stephen Campbell, Kathy Perryman) the NIHR School for Primary […]

Improving patient safety: linking PSTRC research and expertise to policy and practice
(14 March 2018)
Linking up with policy-makers and clinical services is an important part of the work of the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC.  Nav Kapur, who is a Professor at the University of Manchester and one of the Research Leads for the Centre, really values the wider engagement he has had with NICE (he chaired the NICE self-harm […]

PhD fellow focus: Lukasz Cybulski
(2 February 2018)
In this series, we meet our new PhD fellows to find out what they will be researching and what they hope to achieve. Lukasz Cybulski started his PhD in September 2017. He has a background in research and mental health work with an interest in the synthesis of public health policy, the use of research […]

Health economics and patient safety
(2 February 2018)
Health economics is a field of study concerned with the efficient use of resources within the health and social care sector. Efficiency is measured as a combination of patient health outcomes (such as the number of detected cancers, lives saved or quality adjusted life years (QALYs)), with the resource input (costs for treatment etc.).  Health […]

Building on success: Safety Informatics
(1 February 2018)
Digital technologies are becoming more commonplace within the NHS and in our daily lives, producing rich data on all aspects of our health and care. Connecting the data which is held in, for example, smartphones (such as step counters) and our own Electronic Health Records in primary and secondary care, can help us to gain […]

Self-harm in children and adolescents
(1 February 2018)
Self-harm is any act of self-poisoning or self-injury whether intentional or not. Self-harm is the strongest risk factor for possible future suicide, with suicide being the second most common cause of death before the age of 25 worldwide. In recent years, there has been a rise in suicide rates in children and adolescents, as well […]

Safety in Marginalised Groups: Why a new theme for the PSTRC?
(1 February 2018)
Much of the work that took place in the first NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC focused on involving patients and carers in its work. Examples of this were the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership, and public engagement events such as The Nest and More Than Just a Number. In the second incarnation of the Greater […]

What are Marginalised Groups?
(1 February 2018)
You may not be familiar with the term marginalised groups. So what do we mean by marginalised? The Oxford English dictionary definition of marginalisation is: “To render or treat as marginal; to remove from the centre or mainstream; to force (an individual, minority group, etc.) to the periphery of a dominant social group; (gen.) to […]