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Impact of research

Why do we do research in the NHS?

Research helps the NHS and UH Bristol to meet their primary objective, to improve patient care. The research we undertake helps to answer important questions about which methods of diagnosis and treatments have the most beneficial outcomes for patients, in terms of curing, controlling or preventing disease. Patient involvement in clinical research is vital, and public involvement is much needed and greatly appreciated. New and better treatments for many diseases would not have been possible without research, and the participation of patients and their families. Research is the only way we can continue to improve prevention and treatment of diseases and patient care.

Below are some examples of the impact of research undertaken at UHBristol, in collaboration with our partner universities: University of Bristol and University of the West of England.

Use of ffDNA in prenatal diagnosis

Use of ffDNA to determine the fetal blood group and guide anti-D

SCARF trial - pragmatic, randomised controlled trial in infants & children with severely impaired immunity and acute respiratory failure

Alfapump system versus large volume paracentesis in the treatment of refractory ascites

Beating heart 'off-pump' coronary artery bypass surgery

Therapeutic hypothermia (cooling babies) to prevent brain damage and death caused by lack of oxygen

Training of neonatal medical and nursing staff

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome ("Back to Sleep" campaign)

Fatigue in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Airway management in out of hospital cardiac arrest

Renal denervation to treat resistant hypertension

Reducing Violence and Aggression in A&E

NECTAR-HF Trial Gives Patients a New Lease of Life


Patient feedback

"I hope that by helping with this project many thousands of people will eventually have their opportunity to benefit from the pioneering work being carried out in Bristol and other centres across the country"

- Robert Copeland, UH Bristol trial participant 

Read more about patients' experiences of taking part and getting involved in research here.


Disseminating research

In order for research to make a difference we have to tell people about it; ways of dissemination include not just research publications, but presentations at professional society meetings, professional networks, changing NICE guidelines, telling relevant charities and feeding back results to participants.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) insists that all of its research grants produce a final report that is published on their website. This means that even negative findings are publicised, and increase the public's trust in research findings.