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NIHR Highlights – Exploring conditions, treatments and issues

  • Patient Incentives

    Highlights the evidence for using incentives to promote healthy behaviours. Vital reading for commissioners and those working in local authorities and public health. Evidence on what patient incentives are effective and whether they work.

  • Management of Labour

    This Highlight presents recent evidence on some aspects of the management of labour, including issues around the induction of labour, waterbirth, interpretation of the fetal heart rate, pain management, and position during the second stage of labour with or without an epidural.

  • Nine ways research could save the NHS money

    Nine carefully selected signals that show how NIHR research could help to save the NHS money. This collection covers a range of procedures and treatments that are cost effective for the NHS.

  • My Signals - Physiotherapy Collection

    Four physiotherapists choose the health research that matters to them from our collection of NIHR Signals.

  • My Signals - Nursing Collection

    Nurses Teresa Chinn, Rebecca Harper and Grace Van Den Bergh share their selection of Signals to better inform nursing decisions.

  • How commissioners use research evidence

    NIHR studies have looked at how health service commissioners and managers use research evidence and what research can do to improve uptake of their work.

  • My Signals - Surgery

    Jane Blazeby and Natalie Blencowe, academic surgeons at the University of Bristol, share their selection of Signals to better inform surgical decisions.

  • My Signals - General practice

    Three GPs to tell us which NIHR Signals have most interested them and to explain why they feel the findings are worth sharing.

  • Childhood eczema

    NIHR research has explored a range of treatments for childhood eczema. This Highlight presents the findings, with blogs from parents and professionals.

  • My Signals - Public health

    Dr Rupert Suckling, Director of Public Health, explains the role of research evidence in public health, and highlights NIHR Signals of particular interest.

  • My Signals - Patients

    Four patients tell us why health research featured in NIHR Signals is important to them.

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    NIHR research into Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) shows promise for using self-help materials combined with modest levels of support .

  • Patient experience of primary care

    The GP Patient Survey provides detailed patient experience data for each practice. NIHR research examines what it reveals and how it’s used.

  • Options for depression

    The NIHR has funded important research on the use of collaborative care and behavioural activation therapy to treat depression.

  • Pandemic flu

    Every few years a strain of flu emerges to which people have little immunity. It can spread quickly and cause a serious pandemic. This highlight discusses two influential projects funded by the NIHR during the last pandemic in 2009.

  • Alternatives to open surgery

    The NIHR has funded research to explore alternatives to open surgery for musculoskeletal injuries, ranging from the use of a sling to keyhole surgery.

  • Supporting carers of people with dementia

    NIHR research has explored how best to support and improve the wellbeing of those who care for people with dementia.

  • Cognitive therapies for depression

    NIHR research has explored using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to treat depression.

  • Obesity in men

    NIHR research has examined what motivates men to lose weight and what kind of weight-loss programmes work for men.

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