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Research using electronic medical records: The Health Improvement Network (THIN)

Routinely collected electronic medical records are an important resource for researchers. They offer a relatively cheaper, faster and more accessible alternative to costly epidemiological studies which recruit patients. The Health Improvement Network (THIN) is a database of anonymised electronic primary care medical records which can be accessed through the University of Birmingham.   The THIN… Continue reading Research using electronic medical records: The Health Improvement Network (THIN)

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‘My career path’ talk- April 2016

Hello dearest ECRAG-ers, This month we were fortunate to have not 1, not 2, but 3 guest speakers! The session was titled ‘my career path’ and was presented by: Dr Laura Jones: Lecturer in qualitative and mixed-methods applied health research Dr Amanda Farley: Lecturer in epidemiology Dr Shamil Haroon: Clinical research fellow It was only… Continue reading ‘My career path’ talk- April 2016

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What exactly is PPI? (in a research sense…)

Years of studying sociological theories, research methodologies, and gaining experience in data collection and analysis can only take you so far. In the current research climate, it is seen as a form of good practice for research to be informed by the opinions of the public.  The NIHR (National Institute of Health Research), who are… Continue reading What exactly is PPI? (in a research sense…)

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Including lay people in research: Patient Public Involvement (PPI)

We started our 2016 ECRAG meetings by setting the bar high! It was great to welcome, not one, but three guest speakers from Warwick University: Dr Carole Mockford and two ‘lay people’ Susan Boex and Uma Sharma. Patient Public Involvement (PPI) is now becoming an integral part of research and is essential to secure funding.… Continue reading Including lay people in research: Patient Public Involvement (PPI)