Current research projects 2018

Published on 25/10/2018


Last year we published 20 research-based papers. Research is a core part of our work but people need to hear about it.

Our efforts are also part of international collaborations which are tackling dementia and other age related diseases.

Thankfully, we’re in the fairly unique position of being able to bring together our patient care, our clinical studies and our other research.

We’re able to  use our learning from each of these critical areas. The people of Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES) benefit in our Memory Clinic from modern best-practice clinical research findings. Meanwhile our research relies on support from excellent local research participants who contribute to increasing knowledge for everyone.

On top of this, our research team is able to use the findings and experience from these areas to drive forward our understanding of dementia.

Collaborations

To further our work we work closely with academic institutions like the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter as well as the RUH Bath NHS Foundation Trust, other NHS providers and key pharmaceutical companies working in our field. And by developing close working partnerships with charities like the Alzheimer’s Society, Curo’s Independent Living Service and the Carer’s Centre, we create more ways to share our learning across a greater range of our patients’ experiences.

There are a number of local and national research projects running or about to start. These represent an excellent opportunity to be involved in helping to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia.

Three key new research projects...

IDEAL2 - Improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life 2

This project follows on from the success of the IDEAL study. It seeks to look at what helps and hinders living well with dementia and in particular how this might change over the course of the illness.

This project hopes to find out what changes might help people with dementia and carers improve their quality of life.

PrAISED -  Promoting activity, independence, and stability in early dementia

Falls become more commonplace as people get older. Unfortunately people with memory problems are at particularly high risk of falling over. Falls can lead to significant physical and psychological injuries.

This study aims to test whether  physical and functional therapy tailored to an individual’s needs might help promote independence and reduce falls. This study represents a great opportunity for people to get involved in a study of national importance.

HIND24 - Measuring blood pressure in people with dementia

There are strong links between dementias and blood pressure (BP), and therefore accurate measurements are very important. Historically BP has been measured by a doctor or nurse at a clinic, and for various reasons this carried the risk of inaccurate readings.

Guidelines now recommend using BP monitors that work over a 24 hour period to measure blood pressure (if a high level is suspected). These monitors are now used routinely but they have been under-utilised in people with dementia.

This study seeks to test whether someone with dementia is likely to tolerate the intrusion of a 24-hour BP monitoring device. If these devices can be more confidently used with people with dementia then it is hoped that this study will help pave the way for further work examining the relationship between memory and blood pressure.

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