Thursday, 16 July 2015

ScHARR Postgraduate Conference 2015

The ScHARR PGR Conference was held on the 25th June, providing the opportunity for junior researchers to present their research to their peers.  

These included several presentations looking at the use of technology in healthcare. The opening presentation by Louise Newbould (TaCT ) looked at the use of telemedicine in care homes.  The presentation discussed how research by the NHS (2008) and Care Quality Commission (2009)have found current provision in care homes is often inadequate in meeting the needs of care homes residents who have a been shown to have a range of health care needs such as: problems with mobility, incontinence and dementia. As well as how telemedicine (in the form of videoconferencing) could be one way of helping meet this need. It has been suggested that, telemedicine could provide access to a range of services, encouraging continuity of care without the inconvenience of travel, helping reduce inequalities in care and improving access for those who may have physical disabilities. This project aims to evaluate videoconferencing as a method of health care delivery in care homes. For more information, please contact:

Other presentations included Madeleine Harrison from the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology (RAT) group in ScHARR talking about defining and measuring the components of a complex computer-based neuro-rehabilitation intervention for aphasia.  The aim of this research was to describe the key components of the StepByStep© approach to computerised aphasia therapy, how the components interact and how to measure them in order to determine what measures of intervention fidelity should be applied to the Big CACTUS trial. The interventions core components included the tailoring and personalisation of the StepByStep© software, ‘buy-in’ required from patients for regular practice and support. Measures of adherence (content, frequency, duration, dose) were identified as well as moderators of adherence (level of personalisation and relationship between supporter and patient). The key components of the intervention as defined by the key informants will inform the description of this complex intervention and the measures of fidelity applied to the Big CACTUS trial. For more information, please contact:

The day concluded with prizes being presented for the best poster, which went to Erika E. Atienzo for her poster on ‘Youth violence prevention in Mexico: A complicated context for policy-making based on evidence synthesis’ , which presented the preliminary results of two systematics reviews about interventions to prevent youth violence in Latin America. For more information, please contact:

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