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Evaluating a rapid test for diagnosing a childhood respiratory virus

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Speeding up the diagnosis of respiratory syncytial virus could reduce the spread of infection and produce cost savings for NHS hospitals.

It can take over 24 hours to receive a…

Examining the potential benefits of a near bedside test for Clostridium difficile infection

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Faster diagnosis of Clostridium difficile should reduce the spread of infection and improve use of NHS resources in hospitals.

Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is a bacterium that can infect the bowel…

Enhancing the analysis of diagnostic accuracy studies

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Our PhD student with the Population Health Sciences Institute and School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at Newcastle University has compared statistical methods…

PhD Studentship – Can AI enhance the ambulance care of suspected stroke patients?

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The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East North Cumbria is offering a three year full time doctoral fellowship hosted by ourselves and the Newcastle University Stroke…

Exploring COVID-19 testing in English care homes

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Led by the NIHR London In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative, we have analysed the views of care home staff and identified opportunities for refining COVID-19 testing in care homes.

In the…

Research associate – clinical test evaluation methodologist

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We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced researcher to join our vibrant team as a clinical test evaluation methodologist.

The job will involve using innovative approaches to…

Why is it important to assess new COVID-19 tests?

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We wrote a recent opinion article with members of the CONDOR team to answer this question and share the progress we have made so far as part of this…

Examining the unmet clinical needs for COVID-19 testing

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Working with collaborators across the CONDOR partnership we have analysed the views of health and social care professionals and policy makers on COVID-19 tests.

There has been a concerted effort…

Informing the optimal sampling strategies for COVID-19 testing

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Samples for COVID-19 testing by RT-PCR should be taken as soon as symptoms start and from different sites of the body to have the best chance of correct diagnosis.

Accurate…

Evidence reviews to support frontline medical staff during the COVID-19 pandemic

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We have written seven rapid evidence reviews to assist healthcare professionals with their decision-making.

At the start of the UK response to the pandemic, there were many uncertainties regarding how…

Helping to prioritise rapid COVID-19 testing within UK hospitals

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Working with our CONDOR partners we have analysed clinical opinion to pinpoint where rapid COVID-19 testing could have the greatest impact in UK hospitals.

With coronavirus cases in the UK…

Exploring the practicalities of monitoring kidney function at home

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Self-testing kidney function in the home gives accurate results, empowers patients and may save them and healthcare services time and money.

Kidney function must be frequently monitored in patients who…