Encouraging and supporting health services research and development in Dorset
Dorset RDSU Cornelia House, Poole Hospital NHS Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole BH15 2JB • Volume 9 Issue 2 June 2005
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Tired of disability
variable. Some people describe a fatigue that exists
id you know that fatigue is often a major
problem for people with multiple when they wake up and continues throughout the
sclerosis (MS)? Difficulties with mobility day; others describe a fatigue that gets worse
are a common visible manifestation of MS, and during the course of the day; others describe a
these range from having a slight limp to having to fatigue that comes on if they overdo things but
use a wheel chair. However, fatigue is one of a which might not come on until some days later;
number of invisible problems often experienced and yet others describe a fatigue occurring during
by people with MS, and for a majority is their activity that can be alleviated by a short period of
most troubling symptom. Fatigue can have a rest. A consequence of this subjectivity is that
significant disabling effect, both physically and measurement is often done using self-completion
mentally, and so can have a major impact on scales. However, this is not straightforward since
quality of life. there are many different aspects of fatigue that can
be measured, including physical fatigue, mental
Of course, anyone can feel fatigued after a long fatigue, severity of fatigue, the degree of impact of
period of mental or physical exertion. Fatigue in the fatigue, and factors initiating fatigue. The
MS, however, is more severe, occurs more easily, RDSU and others were recently invited by the MS
can last for longer, and has a greater impact. Society to participate in a working party that is
Because it is invisible, family, friends, work looking at these issues.
colleagues and others often misunderstand it, with
the result that the person may be mislabelled as Taking a thorough medical history and
lazy or a malingerer. Fatigue in MS is not conducting a clinical examination may sometimes
thoroughly understood, but causes are frequently help in identifying a specific cause of the fatigue. Peter Thomas
divided into 2 types; those that are part of the For example, the person may have an underlying
disease process (primary fatigue), such as infection or some other co-existing medical fatigue in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) than
impairments in nerve conduction, or high auto- condition, they may have depression (of which on fatigue in MS, and there may be important
immune activity; and those that are external to fatigue may be a symptom), or there may be findings that are relevant to MS. Cognitive
this (secondary fatigue) such as losing fitness, nutritional deficiencies. If no clear cause is Continued on page 8
problems with psychological health, problems identified, then there are a number of drug
with getting to sleep and staying asleep, and side- treatments that are available, and some people
effects of disease modifying drugs such as find these helpful. Nurses, occupational CONTENTS
interferons. therapists, and physiotherapists often undertake
non-pharmacological management of fatigue.
Before carrying on, it is worth taking a step back
Grant Giving Bodies . . . . . . . . . . 2
Energy conservation strategies are often used to
and asking, what is fatigue, and how can we help people make the most of the energy they
measure it? A consensus definition of fatigue, have, by trying to achieve a balance between Mind & Body Network . . . . . . . . 4
from The Multiple Sclerosis Council for Clinical activity and rest, by careful planning and pacing of
Practice Guidelines1, stated that it is "A subjective activities over the course of the day, by helping MRC Grants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
lack of physical and / or mental energy that is people prioritise the activities that are important
perceived by the individual or caregiver to to them, and by suggesting ways in which Workshop Programme . . . . . . . . . 6
interfere with usual and desired activities". This activities may be done more efficiently.
highlights the subjective nature of fatigue. The
individual experience of fatigue can be MS isn't the only disease in which fatigue has a Forthcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . 7
qualitatively (as well as quantitatively) quite major role. More research has been conducted on
Grant Giving Bodies
This is a list of grants with closing dates in July, 2005 AstraZeneca
Phone: - 020 7304 5000
Alzheimer's Society Young Minds in Psychiatry International Awards
Phone: 020 7306 0606 Aims: To recognise and support future leaders in Psychiatry and foster
Research Fellowships innovation through career development.
Aims: To improve quality of life for people with dementia and for their Funding: $45,000 (approx £23,663) each and a one year international
carers. membership in the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
Funding: The average size of an award is £80,000 - £200,000. Amount: £10K - £50K
Amount: £100K Closing Date : 31 October 2005 (Confirmed)
Closing Date: 28 October 2005 (Confirmed) Duration : Unspecified
Duration: 1 year - 3 years
British Academy, The
ARC (Arthritis Research Campaign) Phone: - 020 7969 5200
Phone: - 01246 558033 Sino-British Fellowship Trust - Small Research Grants
Educational Research Fellowships Aims: to support individual or co-operative research projects, in the fields of
Aims: To encourage clinicians (including GPs), allied healthcare professionals the humanities and social sciences.
and non-clinicians to undertake research into educational methodology Funding: Grants are available up to £7,500. Most awards are around the
and/or medical education with the aim of improving the general standard of £4,000 to £5,000 level.
education in arthritis and musculoskeletal disease relating either to medical or Amount: £5K - £10K
patient education. Closing Date : 15 October 2005 (Confirmed)
Funding: Will provide a full-time or part-time salary for 2 - 3 years. Duration : Unspecified
Closing Date : 03 October 2005 (Confirmed) British Nuclear Medicine Society
Duration : 1 year - 3 years Phone: - 020 8676 7864
Young Investigators Prize Competition
Association for International Cancer Research Aims: The BNMS are keen to promote research in the field of Nuclear
Phone: - 01334 477910 Medicine and especially to encourage those beginning a career in Nuclear
Project Grant Medicine in one of its many aspects.
Aims: To support fundamental research into the basic mechanisms involved Funding: Up to £1,000.
in the development of cancer. Amount: £5K
Funding: In general, project grants average between £30,000 and £50,000 Closing Date : 27 October 2005 (Confirmed)
per year but some are more expensive and some cheaper depending on the Duration: Single Payment
Amount: £10K - £50K British Psychological Society, The
Closing Date : 28 October 2005 (Confirmed) Phone: 0116 254 9568
Duration : 1 year - 3 years Book Award
Aims: To award the author of a book which makes a significant contribution
Association of Anaesthetists of GB and N. Ireland (The) to the advancement of psychology.
Phone: - 020 7631 1650 Funding: A £500 cheque and commemorative certificate which will normally
Research Fellowship be presented at the Annual Conference where the winner will be invited to
deliver a lecture.
Aims: To promote the development and study of anaesthesia; to promote and
ensure the maintenance of the highest standards and provision of safe Amount: £5K
anaesthesia; to foster research into anaesthesia and allied subjects; to Closing Date : 01 October 2005 (Confirmed)
encourage and support world wide co-operation amongst anaesthetists; to Duration : Single Payment
represent and protect the interests of its members.
Funding: The salary will be at the appropriate point on the SpR scale. The British Renal Society
Association will only meet the costs of the fellow's basic salary, including Phone: - 01483 764114
National Insurance and superannuation. Research Projects
Amount: Unspecified Aims: The British Renal Society wishes to promote clinical research in the
Closing Date : 14 October 2005 (Confirmed) subject areas of renal disease and renal replacement therapy in the U.K.
Duration : 1 year - 3 years Funding: A maximum of £75,000 annually is available. Only in exceptional
circumstances would an award of this magnitude be made to one applicant.
Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland Amount: £50K - £100K
Phone: - 020 7973 0300 Closing Date : 14 October 2005 (Confirmed)
Moynihan Travelling Fellowship Duration : 6 mths - 1 year
Aims: To broaden surgical education by visiting clinics both at home and
abroad. British Society for Rheumatology
Funding: The current value of the Fellowship is £5,000. Phone: 020 7242 3313
Amount: £5K - £10K The Michael Mason Prize 2006
Closing Date : 03 October 2005 (Confirmed) Aims: To encourage excellence in clinical or scientific research in the field of
Duration : Unspecified rheumatology.
Funding: The winner will be presented with a medal and £1000. The
This information is taken from the website www.rdinfo.org.uk
winning manuscript will be published in the BSR journal 'Rheumatology' European Society for Vascular Surgery
and the winner will be asked to give a plenary presentation at the BSR Contact: - Professor Michael Horrocks
Annual Meeting, 2nd - 5th May 2006, SECC Glasgow. Phone: 01225 323770
Amount: £5K Educational Travel Grants
Closing Date : 14 October 2005 (Confirmed) Aims: To allow the applicant, over a short period of time, to look at a
Duration: Single Payment particular technique or research project in a European institution.
Funding: Approximately 10 Travel Grants of up to €4,500 (approx £3000)
Candlelighters Trust each per year.
Contact: - Mrs Sally Amos Amount: £5K
Phone: - 0113 247 0372 Closing Date: 01 October 2005 (Confirmed)
Project and Programme Grants Duration: Single Payment
Aims: To promote high quality research with the potential of producing
benefits in the fields of paediatric oncology and haematology. INSPIRE Foundation
Funding: The amount of funding available is unspecified. Contact: - Mr Robert Morgan, Executive Director
Amount: Unspecified Phone: 01722 336262 ex 2465
Closing Date: 31 October 2005 (Confirmed) Project Grant
Duration: 1 year - 3 years Aims: To promote research into and the development of electronic,
mechanical and medical aids to assist the mobility and enablement of people
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy suffering from spinal cord paralysis and its associated effects in the UK and to
Phone: 020 7306 6666 communicate the useful results of such research.
HSA - Physiotherapy Research Degree Scholarships Funding: Amount of funding available is unspecified.
Aims: To support physiotherapists registered for a research degree Amount: Unspecified
(MPhil/PhD). Closing Date : 20 October 2005 (Confirmed)
Funding: Funding is available to support course fees and books. Duration: Unspecified
Closing Date: 01 October 2005 (Confirmed) International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care
Duration: Unspecified Contact: - ISNCC Secretariat
Phone: 01625 669 588
Colt Foundation Small Grants Programme
Contact: - Mrs Jackie Douglas Aims: To provide a communication network for national and regional cancer
Phone: - 023 9249 1400 nursing societies; Provide nurses working in countries where a national cancer
Project Grants nursing group has not been established with regular communication on
developments in cancer nursing throughout the world.
Aims: To promote research into social, medical and environmental problems
created by commerce and industry. Funding: $5000 (approx £2750).
Funding: Unspecified, but previous grants have been of the order of £10,000 Amount: £5K - £10K
to £300,000. Closing Date: 15 October 2005 (Confirmed)
Amount: £100K Duration: 6 mths - 1 year
Closing Date : 01 October 2005 (Confirmed)
Duration : > 3 years National HIV Nurses Association
Contact: - Andy Rogers, NHIVNA Secreteriat
DEBRA - Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Phone: 020 8446 8898
Association NHIVNA and Boehringer Ingelheim Scholarships
Contact: - Mr John Dart, Director Aims: To enable NHIVNA members to undertake original research, further
Phone: - 01344 771 961 their education, clinical practice and to encourage and support nurses to
Research Grants present and attend at national and international meetings.
Aims: To help sufferers of all types of Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), by Funding: Research Grants - Up to £2,000, Travel Scholarships - Up to
promoting research into the disease, and by helping sufferers in their daily £5,000, Science Scholarships - Up to £2,000.
lives. To encourage interest into the genetics of EB and to increase public Amount: £5K
awareness of EB. Closing Date: 28 October 2005 (Confirmed)
Funding: Amount of funding available is unspecified. Duration: Unspecified
Amount: £10K - £50K
Closing Date : 01 October 2005 (Confirmed) Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Duration: 1 year - 3 years Phone: 020 7976 1260
Pathological Society Open Scheme
Epilepsy Action Aims: To support the discovery of new knowledge leading to prevention,
Contact: - Mr Philip Lee diagnosis, treatment and cure of disease by; helping members to participate in
Phone: 0113 210 8800 research; ensuring a supply of researchers in pathology by encouraging young
professionals to enter the discipline; playing a leading role in defining
Postgraduate Research Bursaries priorities for research in pathology.
Aims: To allow students and suitably qualified individuals to undertake Funding: The Society hopes to provide a sum of up to £40,000 to support a
postgraduate research in epilepsy. range of additional activities. The amount requested for support should not
Funding: Each bursary is worth £1,500 exceed £10,000
Amount: £5K Amount: £5K - £10K
Closing Date: 21 October 2005 (Confirmed) Closing Date : 01 October 2005 (Confirmed)
Duration: Unspecified Duration: Unspecified
MIND & BODY NETWORK
The Nature and Development of Fibromyalgia
A preliminary, comparative study of emotional s a more impoverished style of emotional style of s "I have to cope regardless of how I feel/what I
processing in women with primary emotional processing want"
fibromyalgia syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis
and healthy individuals - Ms Jane Raleigh, s more emphasis on physical orientation towards s "Some people admire the way I juggle so many
Clinical Specialist in Rheumatology, Dorset emotion balls at the same time!"
County Hospital s more suppression of emotions and their s "Life's too chaotic to stop and think about how
expression to do things differently or deal with my past"
n this talk Jane Raleigh described a piece of
research that she undertook in partial s greater inability to control the expression of In such individuals, Meherzin noted that needs
fulfilment for a masters qualification. In her emotion for care, love and approval/admiration are often
cross sectional questionnaire-based study she unmet and strong emotions such as happiness and
compared emotional processing in women with Jane concluded by noting that her study anger are often disavowed.
fibromyalgia (FM) with emotional processing in highlights the role of emotional processing factors
healthy female controls and in women with in an FM population and supports a need for Meherzin went on to describe a psychological
rheumatoid arthritis (RA). psychological input in the assessment and presentation typical of the patients with FM that
treatment of the condition. she sees:
Jane started off her presentation with some
s desperate, tearful
general background information about
fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia syndrome (FM) is a Fibromyalgia: the clinical picture of a mind- s uncontained, messy
disorder of widespread myalgia, increased body conundrum - Mrs Meherzin Das,
sensitivity to mildly noxious stimuli, poor, non Principal Clinical Psychologist, Dorset s responsibility for change handed over
restorative sleep and generalised fatigue. She HealthCare NHS Trust s feeling out of control
noted that there is considerable debate in the
literature regarding the aetiology of fibromyalgia. eherzin Das's insightful presentation s feeling like a failure
was clinically oriented. She suggested
Jane pointed out that while FM is an increasingly her ideas lie midway on a continuum s terrified to improve vs. desperate to change
common diagnosis in rheumatology outpatient between a generalizable model ('one size fits all') s perception totally focussed on the body, pains,
clinics, existing management/treatment strategies and an individualised model (the 'perfect fit'). fatigue levels.
yield poor long term results. Her reflections derived from psychological
assessment, psychological therapy, cognitive She described the following interpersonal
She noted that individuals with FM have often behavioural and cognitive analytic models as well behaviours as typical in patients with FM: stuck,
experienced significant emotional trauma in their as data from the Psychotherapy File. clingy, demanding, overly grateful, apologetic and
lives prior to the onset of their symptoms. tearful, fearful of abandonment, referring to
Evidence has indicated that individuals with FM Meherzin noted that in the FM patients she treats earlier strengths and handing over responsibility.
may have some deficits in emotional processing there is often a history of recognisable parental
(EP), tending to misattribute the symptoms of patterns (such as only offering conditional care, Conversely, Meherzin reported that the personal
emotional arousal to solely somatic causes. being over demanding/neglectful/abusive). Such strengths of patients with FM include
parental patterns can lead to maladaptive reactions determination, resilience, a capacity for hard
Jane went on to describe the samples that she and styles in children. work, a commitment to sessions and a willingness
recruited into her study. to participate (if a safe environment is created).
Meherzin described insights she has obtained
s Group 1: Individuals with FM attending the from using the Psychotherapy File assessment Meherzin considered common reactions elicited
outpatient rheumatology clinics of either tool: in clinicians when treating individuals with FM
Dorset County or Poole Hospital (N=52). including feeling stuck, feeling responsible, feeling
s Traps: fear of hurting others/appeasing/can't trapped, feeling a sense of inertia, feeling
s Group 2: Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis say no/perfectionism/difficulty expressing frustrated, feeling deskilled and helpless.
attending the out-patient rheumatology clinics emotions/feeling criticised/feeling
at Dorset County Hospital (N=34) responsible/anxious <give up< over-control. Meherzin suggested a management plan for
individuals with FM that incorporated medical,
s Group 3: Healthy individuals recruited from s Snags: Sabotage by external events physical therapy, psychological, social
staff working at Dorset County Hospital rehabilitation, occupational therapy and
(N=53). s Dilemmas: Submit to demands vs.
resistance/over-responsible vs. alternative remedy approaches.
Baker's emotional processing scale (EPS) was used unwanted/sufficiency vs. feel deprived of Meherzin concluded her presentation by
as a measure of emotional processing. care/approval vs. independence describing the main components of psychological
Jane then went on to describe the results from the She noted that, for such individuals, adulthood is treatment for patients with FM. These included
studies. Here, we provide a summary of the main often characterised by physical health issues, poor managing pain, sleep, diet, dealing with difficult
findings that she presented: self-care, multiple stressors & chaos, major life emotions and with the onset of trauma, helping
events and emotional baggage. the patient to develop adaptive coping strategies
s The FM group had significantly higher overall and increase assertiveness and unpacking and
scores on the Emotional Processing Scale She then provided some examples of cognitive reframing historical and long term 'baggage'.
indicating greater overall difficulties in distortions typical of such individuals, including:
A lively series of questions and discussion followed
emotional processing than either the healthy s "I'm not entitled to look after myself when Meherzin's presentation.
group or the RA group. there are things to be done for others"
s The FM group also had significantly higher s "I can't say 'no' to anybody...they may stop Senior Research Fellow, RDSU
scores on most of the subscales of the EPS than loving me"
either of the two other groups.
s "It's better to be needed (and shattered) than
Overall the FM group demonstrated: feel well (and alone)" For details of future meetings see page 5
Chronic Pain &
(Chapman, 2001). Researchers have since between the fields of pain and emotion research
he emotional processing team have
published a new article "Chronic Pain and suggested a large overlap between those structures has somewhat hindered developments to date
Emotional Processing" on its website, identified as being activated by pain and those (University of Utah, 2002). By improving
www.emotionalprocessing.org.uk. associated with emotional responding (Chapman, communication both domains could benefit and
Nakamura, Donaldson, Jacobson, Bradshaw, treatment, which tackles both the pain and
Chronic pain is a condition characterized by a Flores and Chapman, 2001; Phan, Wager, Taylor emotional aspects of chronic pain, could prove to
heightened response to painful stimuli. It is the & Liberzon, 2002). be most effective.
second most frequent reason why individuals
consult doctors and is a major health, not to Emotional processing adds an important angle of This article includes sections on:
mention economical, problem in western thinking to more cognitive explanations. Recent
industrialised countries. advances in the neurophysiology of pain, involving s The history of chronic pain
functional brain imaging of individuals
It has long been thought that pain and disability experiencing pain, have highlighted an affective s Cognitive behavioural model of pain
are not only influenced by somatic pathology, if dimension of pain, aside from its sensory aspect. It
found, but also by psychological and psychosocial is becoming increasingly clear that pain and
factors. However, only recently has the emotional emotional disturbances are interdependent s Emotional processing and chronic pain
dimension of pain gained salience in pain research problems. However, limited communication
Collaboration grants - deadline 5 Grants for trials (including clinical Research grants - deadline 5
August 2005 trials) and intervention studies - August 2005
deadline 1 September and 16
The Medical Research Council invites letters of December 2005 The Medical Research Council invites letters of
intent for its collaboration grants in the areas of intent for its research grants in the following
infections and immunity, physiological systems The Medical Research Council invites outline areas: health services and public health;
and clinical sciences, neurosciences and mental applications for grants for trials (including infections and immunity; molecular and cellular
health, molecular and cellular medicine and clinical trials) and intervention studies to medicine; neurosciences and mental health; and
health services and public health research. Grants support trials which would provide high quality physiological systems and clinical sciences.
are available to holders of MRC research grants, evidence on the efficacy and effectiveness of
interventions in medicine and health services. Any person who holds an employment contract
career establishment grants and senior
The focus is primarily on trials that break new with a UK higher education institution, NHS
fellowships who wish to promote and enhance
ground in terms of research questions or trust or academic analogue and can demonstrate
collaboration between themselves and other
methodologies and that add significantly to the qualifications or a track record that will allow
researchers working in complementary research.
understanding of biological or behavioural them to carry out the work effectively is eligible
The grants provides funds of between £50,000
mechanisms and processes in human health and to apply. Grants may be awarded for any period
and £1,000,000 for travel and equipment and is
healthcare. of up to five years.
awarded for between two and five years.
Further details can be found at:- Further details can be found at:-
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Contact details for more information:- MRC, 20 Park Crescent, London W1B 1AL. United Kingdom • Tel: +44 20 7636 5422
FUTURE MEETINGS OF THE MIND & BODY NETWORK
Ditch the Fizz ‘A Day in the Life of the Surgery
Dr David Kerr Dr Charles Campion-Smith
Consultant Physician, BDEC, Senior Lecturer of Health Psychology , University of
Royal Bournemouth Hospital Southampton
Wednesday, 21 September 2005 Tuesday 29 November 2005
6.30 - 8.30pm 6.30 - 8.30pm,
Venue: Marsham Court Hotel, East Cliff, Bournemouth Venue: Kemps Hotel, Wareham
Wo r k s h o p P r o g r a m m e
å Committee Room, Poole Hospital NHS Trust
DORSET RDSU Action Research is a growing area, particularly in health care, and is a style of
research allowing the study of organisations, groups and teams within them
and the development of practice. It has historically been used and developed
by a wide range of disciplines including management and business studies,
SEARCHING THE INTERNET FOR HEALTH INFORMATION education, community development, social work, nursing and psychology
Susan Merner, Librarian, Poole Hospital and its scholars come from all over the world.
10 – 12.00, Wednesday, 7 September 2005 This workshop will define action research by tracing its historical
IT Training Room 2, Poole Hospital. development and introduce participants to how it might be used in the study
of developing practice in patient care. Participants will also gain awareness of
The Internet now provides health professions and health consumers twenty-
the wide range of literature available about action research and its process.
four hour access to a vast range of information. Unfortunately some of it is
misleading and inaccurate. This workshop will introduce a variety of
information gateways and search strategies to enable you to quickly and LITERATURE SEARCHING
effectively locate the high quality health information. Susan Merner, Librarian, Poole Hospital
10 – 12.00, Tuesday, 25 October 2005
DESIGNING YOUR QUALITATIVE STUDY IT Training Room 2, Poole Hospital.
Ms Sabi Redwood, IHCS, Bournemouth University SWICE (South West Information for Clinical Effectiveness) offers a range of
bibliographic databases including Medline, British Nursing Index, Cinahl,
9.30 - 12.30, Monday 26 September 2005
Amed, HMIC, PsychInfo. The session will provide an overview of the
Committee Room, Poole Hospital NHS Trust databases and what information they can offer, tips on preparing your search
This workshop is intended to support practitioners in identifying important strategy, use of thesauri, free text searching, and other search options. The
practical issues in carrying out their qualitative study. The aim is to help session includes a chance to use the computers so feel free to bring ideas of
them plan the process from choosing the appropriate approach for answering topics you want to find information on!
their research question to managing data collection and preparing data for
analysis. Prior knowledge of qualitative approaches to research is essential as
MANAGING YOUR QUALITATIVE STUDY
this workshop is not designed to give an introduction to qualitative research
methods. Participants are invited to bring research ideas, questions or Ms Sabi Redwood, IHCS, Bournemouth University
projects they are currently working on. A future workshop will explore 9.30 - 12.30, Monday 31 October 2005
practical issues in analysing qualitative data.
Committee Room, Poole Hospital NHS Trust
Researchers who are new to qualitative methods are often overwhelmed by
WHAT IS EVIDENCE? the volume of data they have collected through interviews, observational
A 2-part course. Attendance at both parts of the course is essential. methods or written responses to open questions on questionnaires. This
workshops aims to help them organise and analyse their data in order to make
sense of it. Issues of representing findings from qualitative studies will also be
UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE OF EVIDENCE addressed.
Professors Roger Baker and Peter Thomas, RDSU
This workshop is suitable for staff in health and social care who are involved
1.30 - 5pm, Tuesday 4 October 2005 in qualitative research and who would like to learn more about the practical
Westover House, Poole PCT considerations of data analysis. Participants who attended the first workshop
"Designing your Qualitative Study" are particularly welcome.
We are told we are working in an NHS based on research evidence. But what
is evidence, and how can you tell good from bad evidence? What are the
limits of research? In this workshop we explore what research is and build up ISSUES OF DATA PROTECTION AND APPLYING FOR ETHICS
a foundational understanding of ‘evidence’. APPROVAL
Part 2 Dr Jenny Baverstock, Academic Manager, WReN and Ms Rachael Hanson,
BEHIND THE HEADLINES: CRITICAL APPRAISAL SKILLS Administrator, Dorset Research Ethics Committee, Poole Hospital NHS Trust
Professors Roger Baker and Peter Thomas, RDSU 2 - 5pm, Tuesday 1 November 2005
1.30 - 5pm, Tuesday 11 October 2005 Committee Room, Poole Hospital NHS Trust
Westover House, Poole PCT This workshop will use a mixture of presentations, discussions and practical
This workshop looks at some of the research discoveries that have hit the exercises covering confidential information and data protection in research,
headlines. It looks behind them to discover what the research was really patient consent, the ethical approval process and COREC.
about and how to appraise its true value.
SEARCHING THE INTERNET FOR HEALTH INFORMATION
INTRODUCTION TO ACTION RESEARCH Susan Merner, Librarian, Poole Hospital
Professor Kate Galvin, IHCS, Bournemouth University 10 – 12.00, Thursday 1 December 2005
10 - 12.30pm, Friday 14 October 2005 IT Training Room 2, Poole Hospital.
To book a place on the Dorset RDSU workshops please complete the form on page 8 of this newsletter, or telephone 01202
448489, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the application form on our website.
PAN-BATH & SWINDON SOUTHAMPTON RDSU
For further information about these workshops contact the RDSU at the Wolfson For information contact Sheila Yaldren: 023 80794778
Centre, Bath on 01225 824116 or by email to email@example.com email firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.rdsu.soton.ac.uk.
GLOUCESTER RDSU WReN
IFor information contact the RDSU on 01452 395726
For information about WReN Workshops, please contact WReN at the
Primary Care Medical Centre, Aldermoor Health Centre,
Southampton SO16 5ST on 02380 241055
All workshops are held at Salisbury District Hospital. For further details, please
phone Myra Stevens, Salisbury RDSU on 01722 425026
For thcoming Events
A Practical Guide to Developing your Skills as an INTERNATIONAL HUMAN SCIENCES RESEARCH
EFFECTIVE CLINICAL DIRECTOR CONFERENCE
7 July 2005 10 - 13 August 2005
The Royal Society of Medicine, London Bournemouth University
Further details: Further details:
Heathcare Events Les Todres, Professor of Qualitative Research and Psychotherapy
Tel: 020 8541 1399 IHCS, Bournemouth University
Tel: 01202 504169 Web: www.ihsrc05.com
2nd Meeting of the Dorset Medical Research Group
Wednesday 14 September 2005 09.00 - 16.00
Allsebrook Theatre, Poole House, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University
The Dorset Medical Research Group (DMRG) is an independent association of local, research active health professionals under the
auspices of Bournemouth University and with the assistance of the Dorset Research and Development Support Unit.
The DMRG aims to foster high quality research, encourage collaboration within the healthcare sector; explore close relationship with
Bournemouth University and act as a forum for presentation and discussion of research projects.
Biomedical and Clinical Applications
Mind and Body Medicine
For further details, please contact:
Audrey Dixon 01202 448658 • email: Audrey.Dixon@poole.nhs.uk or email@example.com
VISIT OUR WEBSITES AT
www.rdsu.org.uk AND www.emotionalprocessing.org.uk
Continued from page 1 Service, the Dorset CFS Service, and colleagues in Phase 3 is a pilot evaluation of the program using 3
Bristol and Southampton, have recently been centres; Poole, Southampton and Bristol.
behavioural therapy is a psychology-based awarded 2 research grants from the MS Trust and
intervention that is increasingly accepted as an the BUPA Foundation to pursue this line of The main output from the research will be a
effective aid to managing CFS. This type of enquiry. The aim of the project is to develop and manual that will allow the intervention to be used
intervention can help people to make the lifestyle then evaluate a manualised, group-based fatigue in a replicable, standardised way in other centres.
changes that are necessary in order to make the management programme for people with MS that The intended duration of the project is 18 months.
most of their energy, and help them to think can be run by occupational therapists, Dr Sarah Thomas, Senior Research Fellow at the
realistically about their fatigue and the impact it physiotherapists, or nurses. The programme will RDSU, is responsible for the day-to-day running
has on their life. Researchers in New Zealand are incorporate energy conservation and cognitive of the project.
currently conducting such a trial of one-to-one behavioural approaches to help people manage
cognitive behavioural therapy for fatigue in people their fatigue. Professor Peter Thomas
with MS. Dorset RDSU
The project is in 3 phases:
Whether it is realistic for psychologists to manage
fatigue in the NHS is an important issue, given the Phase 1 is the initial development of the
staff shortages that exist. Also it may not be programme and will involve reviewing research,
desirable to further fragment fatigue management. reviewing existing models of good practice
In Wareham, the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (including the Wareham model), and seeking
Service has developed a fatigue management advice from a focus group of people with MS
programme that is run by Occupational fatigue.
Therapists, and that incorporates both
occupational therapy and cognitive behavioural Phase 2 involves trying out the intervention on a 1 Multiple Sclerosis Council for Clinical Practice
approaches. This would also seem an appropriate small number of people, and getting detailed Guidelines. Fatigue and multiple sclerosis. Evidence-
model of delivery to explore in MS. feedback to help improve it. We will also try out a based management strategies for fatigue in multiple
variety of quantitative outcome measures for the sclerosis. Washington D.C: Paralysed Veterans of
The RDSU, in collaboration with the Dorset MS next phase. America; 1998.
WORKSHOPS BOOKING FORM
Date Title of Workshop
7 September Searching the Internet for Health Information
26 September Designing your Qualitative Study
4 October What is Evidence Part 1
11 October What is Evidence Part 2
14 October Introduction to Action Research
25 October Literature Searching
31 October Managing your Qualitative Study
1 November Issues of Data Protection and applying for Ethics Approval
1 December Searching the Internet for Health Information
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