We evaluate how patient care may be improved, either by more effective treatments, or by more efficient models for delivery of care. This is the major focus of our research programme in mental health, but also extends to other areas.
Treatments for respiratory disease
The Cochrane Airways Group, which is co-ordinated from our institute, systematically reviews the effectiveness of treatments for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The group contributes to the development or modification of guidelines both nationally and internationally.
Peer support in mental health services
Use of peer support workers is a common theme linking several collaborative studies with local Mental Health NHS Trusts. Peer mentoring has also been evaluated among disadvantaged children, as a means of preventing teenage pregnancy.
In collaboration with the Institute of Cardiovascular and Cell Sciences and clinical colleagues at St George’s University Hospital, we are involved in studies to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of vascular surgery for diseases such as abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Sexually transmitted infections
Working with the Institute of Infection and Immunity, and clinical colleagues at St George’s University Hospital, we are evaluating the use of new technologies for screening for sexually transmitted infections.
Use of retinal photographs in diabetic care
We are collaborating externally, with Kingston University and the Institute of Ophthalmology, to study whether retinal photographs can be processed automatically to improve the cost-effectiveness of the National Diabetic Screening Programme.
Projects and publications
Recently funded projects
|Title||Funded by||Principal investigator or lead at St George's|
|Core support for the Cochrane Airways Group||National Institute for Health Research ||Dr Chris Cates|
|Reviews of current treatment of COPD and asthma in adults and children||National Institute for Health Research||Dr Chris Cates|
|Evidence to guide care in adults and children with asthma||National Institute for Health Research||Dr Chris Cates|
|Can automated diabetic retinopathy image assessment softwares replace one or more steps of manual imaging grading and is this cost-effective for the English National Health Service?||National Institute for Health Research||Dr Alicja Rudnicka|
An evaluation of the effectiveness of annual health checks and quality of healthcare for adults with learning disability
|National Institute for Health Research||Dr Iain Carey|
Piloting a specialised sickle cell pain management service: a mixed methods observational study
|SW London Academic Health & Social Care System||Dr Jared Smith|
Screening for chlamydia related bacteria to prevent miscarriage.
|Medical Research Council||Professor Pippa Oakeshott|
| ||National Institute for Health Research||Dr Gill Mezey|
|Developing and piloting a peer mentoring intervention to reduce teenage pregnancy in looked after children||National Institute for Health Research||Dr Gill Mezey|
Social inclusion in individuals with mental health problems
|National Institute for Health Research||Dr Gill Mezey|
|ENRICH Project: Enhanced discharge from inpatient to community based mental health care||National Institute for Health Research||Dr Steve Gillard|
Understanding and improving the assessment process for talking therapies
|National Institute for Health Research||Dr Angela Sweeney (postdoctoral fellowship)|
Selected recent publications
Gillard S, Gibson SL, Holley J, Lucock M. Developing a change model for peer worker interventions in mental health services: a qualitative research study. Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci 2014 Jul 3:1-11.
Karthikesalingam A, Holt PJ, Vidal-Diez A, Ozdemir BA, Poloniecki JD, Hinchliffe RJ, Thompson MM. Mortality from ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms: clinical lessons from a comparison of outcomes in England and the USA. Lancet 2014;383:963-9.
Kerry SR, Nightingale CM, Hay P, Oakeshott P. Which sexually active female students get themselves tested for Chlamydia trachomatis? A cohort study. Int J STD AIDS 2015 May 20. [Epub ahead of print]
Kapetanakis VV, Rudnicka AR, Liew G, Owen CG, Lee A, Louw V, Bolter L, Anderson J, Egan C, Salas-Vega S, Rudisill C, Taylor P, Tufail A. A study of whether automated diabetic retinopathy image assessment could replace manual grading steps in the English National Screening Programme. J Med Screen 2015 Mar 5. [Epub ahead of print]
Cates CJ, Wieland LS, Oleszczuk M, Kew KM. Safety of regular formoterol or salmeterol in adults with asthma: an overview of Cochrane reviews. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2014 Feb 6;2:CD010314.