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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) quality improvement initiative

The study will evaluate two interventions: real-time audio-visual feedback during CPR and real-time audio-visual feedback during CPR plus post event feedback using the Q-CPR system (this measures the quality of external chest compressions). The study will be divided into 2 phases. During the first phase, baseline data will be collected at each of the 3 sites. During the 2nd phase, real-time feedback phase will be implemented at one site, and real-time audiovisual feedback plus post event debriefing at one site. The remaining site will act as the control site during both interventions. The control site will allow us to exclude any trust-wide changes in care as potential explanations for any changes in outcomes at the other 2 sites.

Author: Richard Field - Heart of England NHS Foundation trust

Tel: 0121 424 2647. Email:

Friendship and Aphasia

The Friendship and Aphasia project explored definitions and experiences of friendship for working-aged younger people who have aphasia. Aphasia is a communication disability affecting the ability to use and understand spoken and written language. It also has profound impacts on the ability to work, to take part in leisure and life and to develop and sustain relationships. The project team included eight people who have aphasia and a PhD research student. We used a participatory action research methodology, involving cycles of reflection, planning and action. Involvement of advisors / co-researchers with aphasia from the outset and on a long-term basis was critical to the success of the project.

Author: Carole Pound - Brunel University



Information and support needs during recovery from postpartum psychosis

A workshop in qualitative research methods took place over two days at the Centre for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health in Birmingham. Training in qualitative research and interview skills was provided. Then the study aims and objectives were defined by service user researchers (SURs) in collaboration with academics and an interview topic guide was constructed. During the training, SURs were taught about the process of obtaining informed consent and obtained signed consent from their interviewees prior to interview. SURs conducted one-to-one semi-structured interviews with each other about their experiences of recovery. Interviews were recorded and later transcribed by one of the SURs. Analysis was conducted by two SURs together with two academics.

Author: Clare Dolman - APP - Action on Postpartum Psychosis

Tel: 029 2074 2038. Email:


SAFER 2 trial (Support and Assessment for Falls Emergency Referrals)

This is a pragmatic cluster randomised control trial with qualitative component, involving 25 ambulance stations from ambulance services in London, East Midlands and Wales. Participating stations have been randomly allocated to an intervention group (paramedics assess and refer patients to appropriate community based falls services) or control (deliver patient care as normal). Data are gathered from patients, carers and health services providers about effects on patients and services.

Author: Bridie Evans - Swansea University

Tel: 01792 602346. Email:


Understanding expectations of, and satisfaction with, Deep Brain Stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus: Patient and carer perspectives in Parkinson's disease

The research will examine patient and carer views through semi-structured interviews. Participants will be recruited from two NHS neurosurgical units. Participants must have a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, be planning to undergo the stated neurosurgical procedure, and be able to converse in English. Their carers will also be invited to participate. It is hoped to recruit 8 patients and their carers. This will be a longitudinal study in which participants will be asked to discuss their expectations of the procedure in the months prior to surgery. They will then be invited for another interview around 6 months after surgery and will be asked to discuss issues impacting on their satisfaction with surgery. Interviews will take place in the hospital where the patient has received treatment. After this interview data has been collected, it will be transcribed and its content analysed using a qualitative analysis approach called Template Analysis which will identify themes discussed by participants.

Author: Alan Gray - University of Sheffield

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Understanding parents' attitudes towards the use of NHS data for research purposes in the context of neonatal services

There are three stages to the project. The first involves working in a participatory manner with two small groups of parents who have had babies in neonatal care. Through a series of workshops we are going to explore the issues involved in consenting/ not consenting for babies' routinely collected data to be used for health research purposes. We will design a questionnaire and recruitment materials to be used in the second stage of the project. The second stage involves a large questionnaire survey of parents in four neonatal units across the country; the third stage involves evaluation of the participatory processes employed. There will be further opportunities at this point for the parents involved in the workshops to take part in other neonatal research in an advisory capacity.

Author: Victoria Foster - University of Manchester

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