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Winners of the HSE Open Access Research Awards 2018
Thank You to everyone who submitted an entry to the annual HSE Open Access Research awards.
Winners were announced at the awards ceremony held in Dr Steevens Library on December 7th.
- Overall Winner - Alibhe Spillane 'What are the physical and psychological health effects of suicide bereavement on family members? An observational and interview mixed-methods study in Ireland.'
- Mental Health - Bobby Smyth 'Opioid substitution treatment and heroin dependent adolescents: Reductions in heroin use and treatment retention over twelve months'
- Acute Hospitals - Una Cunningham 'Team interventions in acute hospital contexts: a systematic search of the literature using realist synthesis'
- Health & Wellbeing - Garrett Greene 'A novel statistical method for assessing effective adherence to medication and calculating optimal drug dosages'
- Quality Improvement - Keith Mc Grath 'Enhancing Acute Stroke Services: A Quality Improvement Project'
- Social Care - Austin Warters 'Prevalence of frailty among community dwelling older adults in receipt of low level home support: a cross-sectional analysis of the North Dublin Cohort'
- Cancer Control Programme - Orlaith Cormican 'Living with Relapsed Myeloma: Symptoms and Self Care Strategies'
- Clinical Strategy & Programmes - Maria Brenner 'Children’s complex care needs: a systematic concept analysis of multidisciplinary language'
- Primary Care - Andree Rochfort 'Does patient self-management education of primary care professionals improve patient outcomes: a systematic review.
Congratulations to all the winners of this years' awards.
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Is It Time To Review The Vaccination Strategy To Protect Adults Against Invasive Pneumococcal Disease?(Irish Medical Journal, 2019-03)Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) have reduced the predominant serotypes causing invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD). We assessed the impact of the paediatric 7- and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV7 and PCV13) among older adults. We compared serotype-specific incidence rates from 2007/08 to 2016/17, expressed as incidence rate ratios (IRR). Introducing PCV7 and PCV13 into the childhood immunisation programme resulted in a decline in these serotypes in adults ≥65 years of age, with PCV7 serotypes decreasing by 85% (IRR=0.11, 95%CI: 0.05-0.22, p<0.0001) and PCV13 serotypes not included in PCV7 (PCV13-7), decreasing by 9% (IRR=0.68, 95%CI: 0.40-1.16, p=0.134). However, there was a significant increase in serotypes only found in the 23-valent polysaccharide vaccine, PPV23-PCV13: IRR=2.57, 95%CI: 1.68-4.03, p<0.0001, and non-vaccine types (NVTs), IRR=3.33, 95%CI: 1.75-6.84, p=0.0001. The decline of IPD associated with PCV7/13 serotypes and the increase in PPV23-PCV13 serotypes indicates clear serotype replacement. Increasing PPV23 uptake could still reduce the burden of disease for this population.