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Ongoing projects

Evidence-based multimorbidity

Elizabeth Spencer, Carl Heneghan

The EBMultimorbidity project focuses on early recognition, screening and treatment of multimorbidity to reduce the morbidity and minimise the risks to individuals while improving their quality of life and reducing costs to the healthcare system.

Salt intake in heart failure patients

Kamal R. Mahtani, Carl Heneghan, David Nunan, Igho Onakpoya, Richard Hobbs, Niah Roberts

This review will be the start of a body of work that will help future guidelines advice on whether there is any benefit (or harm) to low salt diets in heart failure patients.

Completed projects

The potential contribution of paramedics in primary and urgent care

Georgette Eaton, Geoff Wong, Kamal R. Mahtani

Within the United Kingdom, there are now opportunities for paramedics to work across a variety of healthcare settings, with many opting to move into primary care. We undertook a systematic scoping review of published literature to provide an overview of the types of clinical roles paramedics are undertaking in these settings.

Supporting social prescribing in primary care by linking people to local assets: a realist review

Stephanie Tierney, Anne-Marie Boylan, Geoff Wong, Kamal R. Mahtani

Link workers can help patients in primary care to develop a sense of belonging, confidence and sources of advice and assistance. However, this is only likely to happen if patients, GPs and healthcare managers ‘buy-in’ to the link worker role and trust in the skills of the person undertaking it.

Diabetes and COVID-19

Jamie Hartmann-Boyce

COVID-19 has presented particular challenges to people with diabetes - not only are they at greater risk if they contract COVID-19, but the pandemic has also disrupted diabetes care and management.

Green tea and blood pressure effects

Igho Onakpoya, Carl Heneghan, Elizabeth Spencer