Ireland's central source for Open Access health research
Lenus, the Irish Health Research repository is the leading source for Irish research in health and social care. The Lenus collections include peer reviewed journal articles, grey literature, dissertations, reports and conference presentations. Lenus contains the publications of the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) and the collected research output of over 130 health organisations past and present are all freely accessible.
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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.
- 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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Living with relapsed myeloma: Symptoms and self-care strategies.Aims and Objectives To explore which symptoms relapsed myeloma patients experience and what self‐care strategies are used. Methods This was a qualitative study utilising focus group interviews (n = 4) with relapsed myeloma patients (n = 15) and carers (n = 9). The focus groups were analysed and guided by thematic analysis. Results Three major themes with subthemes were identified following analysis of the interview data: “difficult symptoms; “self‐care” and “feeling vulnerable.” These findings indicate the challenges relapsed myeloma patients experience with ongoing symptoms and highlight the importance of continuity of care. Conclusions Symptom management for myeloma patients remains complex due to the array of treatments given. These patients require holistic care and thorough regular assessments to help them cope with the adverse effects on their physical and psychological health. For patients with a long‐term diagnosis of myeloma, self‐management workshops and regular education sessions may be of benefit.
The co-design, implementation and evaluation of a serious board game 'PlayDecide patient safety' to educate junior doctors about patient safety and the importance of reporting safety concerns.A serious game based on the PlayDecide framework was co-designed and implemented in two large urban acute teaching hospitals. To evaluate the educational value of the game voting on the position statements was recorded at the end of each game by a facilitator who also took notes after the game of key themes that emerged from the discussion. A sample of players were invited on a voluntary basis to take part in semi-structured interviews after playing the game using Flanagan's Critical Incident Technique. A paper-based questionnaire on 'Safety Concerns' was developed and administered to assess pre-and post-playing the game reporting behaviour. Dissemination workshops were held with senior clinicians to promote more inclusive leadership behaviours and responsiveness to junior doctors raising of safety concerns from senior clinicians.