Primary Care Unit research is often featured in mainstream and specialist media and we collect appearances on this page.
Remote consultations: “Perfect for some but disastrous for others”: Patients and clinicians express concerns over phone and video consultations
This study of rheumatology patients and clinicians found that while the majority found phone or video consultations more convenient than face-to-face consultations, they viewed so-called telemedicine as less diagnostically accurate than in-person consultations and as having the potential to increase health inequalities and barriers to accessing appropriate care. The study was reported across print and broadcast media nationally and locally in the UK. Led by Melanie Sloan.
Times Radio: Listen at 1hr 15mins: Aasmah Mir and Stig Abell with Times Radio Breakfast | Times Radio | The Times and The Sunday Times
A study carried out at 19 workplace cafeterias, led by Prof Dame Theresa Marteau, has shown that reducing portion sizes and replacing higher calorie food and drinks with lower calorie options led to workers buying food and drink with fewer calories. The study, published in PLOS M, was covered all over the world, including in:
Areas of high socioeconomic disadvantage are being worst hit by shortages of GPs, a trend that is only worsening with time and is likely to widen pre-existing health inequalities, say a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge led by Dr John Ford. This research was covered in local and regional news and in national pieces, including:
Independent: Poorer areas have fewer GPs
Behaviour change: Listen to Professor Dame Theresa Marteau on BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific
The show was broadcast on 13 April 2021
Palliative and end of life care: Dr Stephen Barclay contributed to the Better End of Life Report
Research from the Palliative and End of Life Care Group is featured in the report, published on 8 April by Marie Curie and featured on BBC Breakfast, BBC Online and across BBC regional news and radio
(19) BBC Breakfast on Twitter: ““My biggest regret is that my mum died in pain” Drug shortages during the pandemic meant some patients being given end-of-life care at home suffered unnecessary pain, a Marie Curie report shows. https://t.co/Zp9JKo3bgq” / Twitter
Palliative and end of life care: researchers in the Palliative & End of Life Care Group in Cambridge (PELiCam) are leading a programme of research on Anticipatory Prescribing to help inform evidence-based clinical practice.
The NIHR School of Primary Care Research published this research briefing, written by Ben Bowers, in March 2021.
The team’s recent body of research on bereavement services is summarised in this research briefing, written by Caroline Pearce and also published March 2021.
Patient experience: The LISTEN study explores the experiences of patients with lupus and related conditions, led by Melanie Sloan in the Behavioural Science Group. Media work done in February and March 2021 has helped to raise awareness of lupus and the challenges experienced by patients.
Lupus patients’ experiences in Wales: read this BBC article https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-56266613
What’s it like having lupus? what’s it like to be a doctor diagnosing/managing lupus, especially during the pandemic? Lupus researchers Coco Barrerre, expert patient and Dr Chris Wincup, rheumatologist, explain to on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on 4 March 2021: Breakfast on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire – Louise Hulland 04/03/2021 – BBC Sounds
Lupus: ‘No-one seemed willing to treat me during Covid’ – BBC News online article about the experiences of lupus patients during the COVID-19 pandemic
Melanie discusses her findings with Dotty McLeod on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on 9 February 2021
Watch Melanie on BBC Look East on 9 February 2021
Read this blog published by the British Society for Rheumatology
Mental health: Robotic dogs and laughter therapy: 10 ways to combat loneliness and isolation while social distancing