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Researchers to explore the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on domestic abuse referrals in primary care 25 February 2021 A new study, led by researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care in collaboration with colleagues in Queen Mary University of London, UCL, University of Oxford and IRISi will explore whether and how GP referrals to domestic abuse services have changed during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Researchers to explore the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on domestic abuse referrals in primary care 25 February 2021 A new study, led by researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care in collaboration with colleagues in Queen Mary University of London, UCL, University of Oxford and IRISi will explore whether and how GP referrals to domestic abuse services have changed during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Bristol researchers to collaborate on national study to understand long COVID 18 February 2021 What is long COVID and how can diagnosis be improved? Using data from electronic health records at a national scale alongside information from thousands of participants in the UK's population-based cohort studies, these and other questions will be tackled following today's [18 February] announcement of a nationwide long COVID study led by University College London (UCL). The study will include Bristol’s Children of the 90s health study, based at the University of Bristol.
  • Good Grief Festival marks one year since first COVID-19 lockdown 17 February 2021 Good Grief Festival - a virtual festival exploring the many faces of grief - will return to our screens next month [Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 March]. The festival has a programme of over 70 speakers and 50 free online events to help the many thousands of people in the UK and across the world who are grieving.
  • The IRIS ADViSE programme launch: Assessing for domestic violence and abuse in sexual health services 12 February 2021 The Centre for Academic Primary Care in partnership with NIHR ARC West and IRISi are launching IRIS ADViSE programme and commissioning prospectus (PDF) on 24 March 2021 at a webinar at 10-11am. IRIS ADViSE (Assessing for Domestic Violence and Abuse in Sexual Health Environments) is an initiative that supports sexual health staff to identify and respond to patients affected by domestic violence and abuse (DVA), helping to refer them on to specialist services.
  • How GPs coped with the rapid shift to remote consultations to reduce the risk of COVID-19 9 February 2021 One of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the rapid move to telephone, video and online GP consultations. In a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded study, researchers from the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol and NIHR ARC West found that while the rapid shift to remote GP consulting was successful and maintained a focus on vulnerable patients, it was driven by necessity and may have risks.
  • GPs need training to spot patients at risk of psychosis 21 January 2021 GPs are in a good position to identify patients who are at risk of developing psychosis. However, it is not always easy for them to do so. In a recent study of the possible barriers, researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care and Centre for Academic Mental Health found that not all GPs were familiar with the concept of being ‘at risk of developing psychosis’ and some felt they would benefit from further training in identifying patients who might fall into this group.
  • New way to measure complexity in primary care 18 January 2021 Many GPs believe that their consultations are increasingly complex and demanding, thanks to changes in the population and greater expectations of what GPs should do within a 10-minute consultation. Researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care and the University of Oxford have developed and validated a new measure of complexity in primary care, which could help with allocating resources based on the practice population’s level of need.
  • DUSSK study reveals the challenges of designing a tailored drug treatment service for street sex workers 14 January 2021 Street sex workers may require trauma treatment in combination with specialised drug treatment groups, a Bristol study has suggested. Trauma treatment is not usually readily available to sex workers, but the feasibility of offering this as part of a drug treatment service designed specifically for them was tested in the University of Bristol and NIHR ARC West’s DUSSK study.
  • Major project to reduce HIV infections and stigma in the African and Caribbean communities of Bristol officially launches 11 January 2021 A major new project is inviting people to its virtual launch event, to find out more about how it will be working with people of African and Caribbean heritage to tackle HIV infections and stigma in these communities in Bristol and the surrounding area.
  • Health experts define what’s 'normal’ for children with respiratory infections 7 January 2021 Respiratory infections in children are common and often result in a trip to the GP. Researchers from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care and the Universities of York, Manchester and Oxford have developed a symptoms-based guide for clinicians that could in future help parents decide when to home care and when to seek medical help.
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