…and what better way to celebrate than with the Evidence Synthesis Team Advent Calendar!

Over the next 24 days we’ll be sharing and celebrating some of the fabulous activities we’ve been involved in this year… be sure to check back regularly to see what we’ve been up to!

It’s Christmas Eve… wishing you all of you a very happy festive time and much fun and merriment in 2018 from all of us!

And here is a small gift from all of us to all of you… thank you for all your tweets, retweets, mentions and likes and for sticking with us… it means a lot!


 

Almost there… today we look ahead to 2018…

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2017 has been busy… 2018 is shaping up to be even busier with lots of new and exciting projects due to start!

PaReNt – funded by the NIHR RfPB Programme aims to bring together all the evidence in relation to parent to parent support for families with babies cared for in neonatal care to provide a state-of-the-evidence summary to support the NHS and other stakeholders.

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ACE-DEM – funded by the NIHR HS&DR Programme aims to support improvements in the experiences of care for people with dementia in hospital, their families and hospital staff providing care, through the use of evidence synthesis.

To help us with all this, we’ll be welcoming three new reviewers to the team – watch this space!

We’re also involved in the supervision of three PhD students who have recently begun their studies and we’re excited to see how their projects develop. Kat is exploring meaningful occupation for people with dementia resident in care homes, Jess is looking at non-pharmacological interventions for joint pain for people with dementia resident in care homes and Debbie is researching museum programmes for people with dementia.

Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash


We have another treat for you today… a sneak preview…

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We’ve been working in partnership with the Sensory Trust for a number of years on projects that use nature to improve the wellbeing of older people. Most recently on a project called ‘My Nature’ in which we have been developing an intervention to enhance access to nature for people living in care homes.

In November we were funded by the ESRC to hold an event with the Sensory Trust during the ESRC Festival of Social Science. Our event was called Little Stories of Nature and Wellbeing: ‘The skylarks were soaring – your spirits lift with them’ and was organised by Noreen Orr and Emmylou Rahtz (European Centre for Environment and Human Health) with Becky Whear, Kath Maguire, Jo Thompson Coon and Paul Dieppe from the University of Exeter and Wendy Brewin and Ellie Robinson Carter from the Sensory Trust.

During the event we shared little stories of nature from our research interspersed with activities led both by the Sensory Trust and by Emmylou and Paul.

We were fortunate to have a film maker with us on the day and have a sneak preview of the film available on our YouTube channel – enjoy!


There’s a guest blog behind door 21… and details of an exciting event in January 2018… what are you waiting for?

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In November, ESMI launched a Guest Lecture Series which aims to showcase new ideas and developments in evidence synthesis methods and build collaborative links with other research groups.

The inaugural lecture was given by the lovely Dylan Kneale from the EPPI-Centre at UCL – a great lecture which stimulated much discussion. Dylan has written a guest blog reflecting on his visit to Exeter – take a look!

The next lecture will be given by GJ Melendez-Torres from the University of Cardiff on 24th January – a date for your diary! GJ will be exploring how we account for diversity of interventions in synthesising evidence for their effectiveness? See you there!


 

One for the information specialists today… door 20

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Our Information Specialists like to dip their toes into other subject areas, most recently in the environment field with the lovely folks from the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) Evidence-Based Conservation working group. The link with them and an interest in the field led to another of our recent collaborative publications:

Livoreil B, Glanville J, Haddaway NR, Bayliss H, Bethel A, Flamerie de Lachapelle F, Robalino S, Savilaakso S. Systematic searching for environmental evidence using multiple tools and sources Environmental Evidence 2017 6: 23.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s13750-017-0099-6

Have a peek at the data portal developed by the SNAPP group, it’s a fantastic demonstration of an interactive systematic map containing over 1,000 items on the impacts of conservation on human well-being.


 

What’s behind door 19?

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Despite the growing highlight on the need for more research on dementia prevention, care, and cure as well as for high quality service provision – dementia care often does not reflect what research evidence suggests would improve outcomes and there is considerable variation in the quality of care for people with dementia across the UK:

Thanks to funding support from the Alzheimer’s Society we’ve been trying to get to grips with the best ways to change practice in dementia care. Our first paper from this work (a scoping review and systematic evidence map) was published in BMC Geriatrics in the summer. The paper features in a recent blog written by James Pickett (Head of Research and Development at the Alzheimer’s Society) for the Huffington Post.

Our work in this area continues… watch this space!

Lourida I, Abbott RA, Rogers M, Lang IA, Stein K, Kent B, Thompson Coon J. Dissemination and implementation research in dementia care: a systematic scoping review and evidence map. BMC Geriatr. 2017 Jul 14;17(1):147. doi:10.1186/s12877-017-0528-y.

Photo by Arun Kuchibhotla on Unsplash


We’re revisiting one of our blogs today… but which one?

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Reducing research waste the PenCLAHRC way… was the title of an abstract Becca submitted to the EBHC conference ‘The ecosystem of evidence – connecting generation, synthesis and translation’ held in Sicily in October this year. We were thrilled when it was accepted as an oral presentation and scheduled for presentation in one of the plenary sessions!

Not only was the presentation well received but this was Becca’s favourite conference experience OF ALL TIME!

You can read more about Becca’s highlights of the EBHC conference in her blog

The abstract can be found here (oral presentation #1) – it perfectly summarises our work in supporting the prioritisation of research topics within PenCLAHRC.

You may also like to read this paper on the prioritisation process we used in the pilot stage of PenCLAHRC (2004-2009)… there is another on the way!

Whear R, Thompson-Coon J, Boddy K, Papworth H, Frier J, Stein K. Establishing local priorities for a health research agenda. Health Expect. 2015 Feb;18(1):8-21. doi:10.1111/hex.12029. Epub 2012 Dec 6.


What’s behind Door 17?

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Cream coloured ponies and crisp apple strudels, doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles, wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings…these are a few of our favourite things…

But more favourite than any of those is #greatcoffee… not many an hour goes by without someone in the team brewing a Crankhouse coffee.

Much of what we’ve achieved this year has been fuelled by our love of #greatcoffee – so enormous thanks to you Crankhouse!

Find out more here


Another thank you today… is it for you?

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It’s fair to say that as a team we’re never happier than when talking to clever people about geeky stuff… preferably (but not essentially) in a bar and late at night.

To all of you who have indulged us in this pleasure in 2017… we thank you!


For Friday 15th – we have highlights from one of our favourite activities…

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We’ve really enjoyed our creative communications seminar and workshop series this year… take a look…


 

Door 14 is ready and waiting…

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As well as conducting systematic reviews, doing our best to communicate creatively, providing advice on reviews and searching and eating cake… we also spend quite a lot of time teaching.

Activities range from mentoring and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students and delivering sessions on the MSc in Applied Health Services Research and the MSc in Environment and Human Health, to contributing to the undergraduate teaching programme within the Medical School, providing academic leadership of the dissertation element of the MSc in Applied Health Services Research and designing and delivering bespoke training particularly in search methods. We do all of that… and more!


 

What’s new today?

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One of the many pleasures of being deemed a ‘methodologist’ is that you get to work with tonnes of really interesting and clever people on lots of really interesting projects…

Our latest publication is an excellent example of this… have you read it yet?

Brand SL, Thompson Coon J, Fleming LE, Carroll L, Bethel A, Wyatt K. Whole-system approaches to improving the health and wellbeing of healthcare workers: A systematic review. PLoS One. 2017 Dec 4;12(12):e0188418. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0188418.

Have a look at some of their other papers too –

Brand SL, Fleming LE, Wyatt KM. Tailoring Healthy Workplace Interventions to Local Healthcare Settings: A Complexity Theory-Informed Workplace of Well-Being Framework. ScientificWorldJournal. 2015;2015:340820. doi: 10.1155/2015/340820. Epub 2015 Aug 25. Review. PubMed PMID: 26380358

Wyatt KM, Brand S, Ashby-Pepper J, Abraham J, Fleming LE. UNDERSTANDING HOW
HEALTHY WORKPLACES ARE CREATED: IMPLICATIONS FOR DEVELOPING A NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE HEALTHY WORKPLACE PROGRAM. Int J Health Serv. 2015;45(1):161-85. https://doi.org/10.2190/HS.45.1.m


 

It’s the 12th of December already! Door 12 is waiting for you…

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This year we’ve had lots of fun working with children and young people and their parents on an NIHR funded project about interventions to improve the mental health of children and young people with long term conditions. And we made a podcast.

One fine day in the summer, we kidnapped a man with some recording equipment (Alex Smalley from the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health) and whisked him up to London where we recorded some conversations with the children and young people and their parents. After some serious script writing and some even more serious recording of researchers… we had a podcast… well two actually… have a listen

 


 

What have we done nearly 100 times this year?  Find out behind Door 11

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We provide search and review advice in half hour clinics available to anyone (University staff and students, NHS staff, members of the public) in the South West considering undertaking a systematic review.

This year we held 19 Search and Review clinics in two cities, providing advice to almost 100 individuals. Anything from ‘how do I refine my research question?’ and ‘should I do a realist review?’ to ‘how do I register my protocol?’ and ‘how do I assess the quality of qualitative research?’.

To find out more and register for a slot in 2018 take a look at our website


 

What’s behind Door 10?

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Academia can be a negative place full of rejection and unhealthy competition. But there are often positive words hidden amongst the rejections. In the letter from the editor or the funder that starts ‘we regret to inform you’ there may be a reviewer comment that says ‘this is a well written and interesting paper’ or ‘this is an experienced and able team’. We celebrate team success big and small on our WOW board – it’s a fun and visual reminder that although everything can’t always go our way we’re still doing a pretty fine job.


 

We have another big thank you behind Door 9 – who could it be?

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Today we would like to thank some of the most important people we work with… the wonderful Sue Whiffin, Jenny Lowe and Cath Hopkins… where WOULD we be without them?

From organising travel and booking meeting rooms to understanding the finance systems and HR processes to knowing where that burning smell is coming from… they do it all and so much more! Thank you for everything lovely people – we couldn’t manage without you!

 


 

Behind Door 8 is our latest blog… which contains some priceless information…

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Sharing and learning are some of our favourite activities… read our latest blog post to find out more about the inaugural meeting of South West Information Professionals…

 


 

Enjoyed our blog about #INVOLVEat21 yesterday?  You’ll love what’s behind door 7!

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Have you used our medline search filter yet to identify patient and public involvement in health research?

Rogers, M., Bethel, A., Boddy, K. Development and testing of a medline search filter for identifying patient and public involvement in health research. Health Information & Libraries Journal. 2017 Jan 1. doi: 10.1111/hir.12157


 

We have a proper treat for you today

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We have a real treat for you today… reflections on the #INVOLVEat21 conference from Erin, Summer and Katie on our blog.

Erin was the patient and public involvement facilitator on a large evidence synthesis project of interventions to improve the mental health of children and young people with long term conditions that we completed in March.

Summer and Katie were members of our children and young person’s advisory group. Together they presented a poster and and oral presentation at #INVOLVEat21.

Read on to find out more…

Photo by Josh Boot on Unsplash


 

Celebrate good times…. what’s behind Door 5?

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Sometimes when a project comes to an end it’s a slightly sad moment… sometimes it is cause for much celebration… after 5 years of dedicated, painstaking work the publication of three Cochrane Reviews on treatment of recurrent abdominal pain in children was cause for very much celebration!

And we were thrilled when the work was featured in an Evidently Cochrane blog http://www.evidentlycochrane.net/recurrent-abdominal-pain-children/

Abbott, R.A., Martin, A.E., Newlove-Delgado, T.V., Bethel, A., Thompson-Coon, J., Whear, R., Logan, S. Psychosocial interventions for recurrent abdominal pain in childhood. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2017 Jan 10;1:CD010971. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010971

Martin, A.E., Newlove-Delgado, T.V., Abbott, R.A., Bethel, A., Thompson-Coon, J., Whear, R., Logan, S. Pharmacological interventions for recurrent abdominal pain in childhood. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.2017; Issue 3. Art. No.: CD010973. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010973.

Newlove-Delgado, T.V., Martin, A.E., Abbott, R.A., Bethel, A., Thompson-Coon, J., Whear, R., Logan, S. Dietary interventions for recurrent abdominal pain in childhood. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2017; Issue 3. Art. No.: CD010972. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010972

 


 

Door 4 was all about saying thank you…

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We are fortunate to work with lots of amazing people… one of those is Pam Gurney who has held our hands through the dark moments of putting together the finances on many funding applications… thank you Pam we couldn’t have done it without you!

Pam is also a fantastic photographer and very patiently worked with us to create some of our most loved team photos – you can find more of her work here https://www.pamgurneyphotography.com


 

It’s December 3rd already… go on… take a peek!

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Abbott, R.A., Martin, A.E., Newlove-Delgado, T.V., Bethel, A., Thompson-Coon, J., Whear, R., Logan, S. Psychosocial interventions for recurrent abdominal pain in childhood. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2017 Jan 10;1:CD010971. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010971.pub2. [Epub ahead of print]. Abstract

Alsubaie, M., Abbott, R., Dunn, B., Dickens, C., Keil, T., Henley, W., Kuyken, W. Mechanisms of action in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in people with physical and/or psychological conditions: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review. In Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 23 April 2017. Abstract

Howie, E.K., Campbell, A.C., Abbott, R.A., Straker, L.M. Understanding why an active video game intervention did not improve motor skill and physical activity in children with developmental coordination disorder: A quantity or quality issue? Research in Developmental Disabilities. 2017; 60: 1-12. Abstract

Kuźma E, Airdrie J, Littlejohns TJ, Lourida IThompson-Coon J, Lang IA, Scrobotovici M, Thacker EL, Fitzpatrick A, Kuller LH, Lopez OL, Longstreth WT Jr, Ukoumunne OC, Llewellyn DJ. Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery and Dementia Risk in the Cardiovascular Health Study. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2017 Apr-Jun;31(2):120-127

Livoreil B, Glanville J, Haddaway N, Bayliss H, Bethel A, Flamerie de Lachapelle F, Robalino S, Savilaakso S,Zhou W, Petrokofsky G, Frampton G. Systematic searching for environmental evidence using multiple tools and sources. Environmental Evidence. 2017; 6:23 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13750-017-0099-6

Lourida, L., Abbott, R.A, Rogers, M., Lang, I., Stein, K., Kent, B., Thompson Coon, J. Dissemination and implementation research in dementia care: a systematic scoping review and evidence map. BMC Geriatrics. 2017; 17(1): 147. Abstract

Martin, A.E., Newlove-Delgado, T.V., Abbott, R.A., Bethel, A., Thompson-Coon, J., Whear, R., Logan, S. Pharmacological interventions for recurrent abdominal pain in childhood. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.2017; Issue 3. Art. No.: CD010973. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010973.pub2. Abstract

Newlove-Delgado, T.V., Martin, A.E., Abbott, R.A., Bethel, A., Thompson-Coon, J., Whear, R., Logan, S. Dietary interventions for recurrent abdominal pain in childhood. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2017; Issue 3. Art. No.: CD010972. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010972.pub2. Abstract

Oliveira, R., Barker, A.R., Wilkinson, K.M., Abbott, R.A., Williams, C. Is cardiac autonomic function associated with cardiorespiratory fitness and physical activity in children and adolescents? A systematic review of cross-sectional studies. International Journal of Cardiology. In Press (available online Feb 10, 2017. Abstract

Phoenix, C., Orr, N. Analysing exceptions within qualitative data: promoting analytical diversity to advance knowledge of ageing and physical activity. Qualitative Research in Sports, Exercise and Health. DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2017.1282539, Published online Jan 20 2017. Abstract

Phoenix, C & Orr, N. (2017). Engaging crystallization to understand life and narrative: the case of active ageing. In: B. Schiff, S. Patron & McKim, E. (Eds.) Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.

Phoenix, C., Orr, N. & Griffin, M. (2017) Bringing socio-narratology and visual methods to focus group research. In Barbour, R. S & Morgan, D. L. (Editors) A new era in focus group research: challenges, innovations and practice. Milton Keynes: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 325-342.

Rogers, M., Bethel, A., Abbott, R. Locating qualitative studies in dementia on MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL and PsycINFO: a comparison of search strategies. Research Synthesis Methods. 2017; doi: 10.1002/jrsm.1280. [Epub ahead of print]. Abstract

Rogers, M., Bethel, A., Boddy, K. Development and testing of a medline search filter for identifying patient and public involvement in health research. Health Information & Libraries Journal. 2017 Jan 1. doi: 10.1111/hir.12157. [Epub ahead of print]. Abstract

Watkins, R., Goodwin, V.A., Abbott, R.A., Backhouse, A., Moore, D., Tarrant, M.  Attitudes, perceptions and experiences of mealtimes among residents and staff in care homes for older adults: A systematic review of the qualitative literature. Geriatric Nursing. 2017 Jan 12. pii: S0197-4572(16)30292-0. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2016.12.002. [Epub ahead of print]. Abstract

Watkins, R., Goodwin, V. , Abbott, R.A., Hall, A., Tarrant, M. Exploring residents’ experiences of mealtimes in care homes: A qualitative interview study. BMC Geriatrics. 2017; 17 (1): 141. Abstract

Webster L, Groskreutz D, Grinbergs-Saull A, Howard R, O’Brien JT, Mountain G, Banerjee S, Woods B, Perneczky R, Lafortune L, Roberts C, McCleery J, Pickett J, Bunn F, Challis D, Charlesworth G, Featherstone K, Fox C, Goodman C, Jones R, Lamb S, Moniz-Cook E, Schneider J, Shepperd S, Surr C, Thompson-Coon J, Ballard C, Brayne C, Burns A, Clare L, Garrard P, Kehoe P, Passmore P, Holmes C, Maidment I, Robinson L, Livingston G. Core outcome measures for interventions to prevent or slow the progress of dementia for people living with mild to moderate dementia: Systematic review and consensus recommendations. PLoS One. 2017 Jun 29;12(6):e0179521. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0179521

Webster L, Groskreutz D, Grinbergs-Saull A, Howard R, O’Brien JT, Mountain G, Banerjee S, Woods B, Perneczky R, Lafortune L, Roberts C, McCleery J, Pickett J, Bunn F, Challis D, Charlesworth G, Featherstone K, Fox C, Goodman C, Jones R, Lamb S, Moniz-Cook E, Schneider J, Shepperd S, Surr C, Thompson-Coon J, Ballard C, Brayne C, Burke O, Burns A, Clare L, Garrard P, Kehoe P, Passmore P, Holmes C, Maidment I, Murtagh F, Robinson L, Livingston G. Development of a core outcome set for disease modification trials in mild to moderate dementia: a systematic review, patient and public consultation and consensus recommendations. Health Technol Assess. 2017 May;21(26):1-192. doi: 10.3310/hta21260


 

What’s behind Door 2?

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We’re never far from cake… for birthdays, visitors, Christmas or just because it is Tuesday! This picture is from Cupcake Day in the summer when we worked with others from the University of Exeter Medical School to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society! We raised £250… #ExeterDementia


 

What’s behind Door 1?

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Interested in care home research? Read our blog on the recent cross-CLAHRC care homes research event which took place in London on 23rd November 2017

http://bit.ly/2iu20nn

 

 

 

Photo by Nathan Lemon on Unsplash

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