New research

Here is a snapshot of some of the latest research that may be of interest to the CIPHER network.

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Intervention strategy helps schools move to healthier canteens

Schools given support to move to a new healthy canteen strategy through a suite of strategies such as a support officer and training for canteen staff are far more likely to successfully implement the changes than those left to do it on their own, a new randomised controlled trial in … Continue reading

National snapshot reveals children with diabetes are missing targets

Almost three-quarters of Australian children with type 1 diabetes are not meeting recognised targets for glycaemic control, a new study has revealed, with researchers urging new strategies to prevent acute and chronic complications from the disease. The researchers analysed data on 3279 children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes, using … Continue reading

Early mental health treatment reduces risk of depression in adolescents

Adolescents with a mental disorder who have contact with mental health services at age 14 are far less likely to have depression at age 17 years than those who don’t have early treatment, a UK study shows. The researchers followed a cohort of 1238 14-year-olds to explore changes in depressive … Continue reading

Adults with intellectual disability face high risk of potentially avoidable death

Australian researchers are calling for new health policies to address health inequalities in adults with intellectual disability (ID), after revealing they face a much higher risk of potentially avoidable deaths than people without intellectual disability. The study, which was the largest in Australia to investigate mortality in adults with ID, … Continue reading

Continuity of GP care reduces hospital admissions

Older patients who see the same GP over time experience fewer avoidable hospital admissions for certain conditions, according to a study which calls for policy initiatives to better support continuity of primary care. The UK researchers linked primary and secondary care records for more than 230,000 patient aged 62-82 years … Continue reading

Personalised smoking info boosts quit attempts

Giving smokers personalised information about their individual risk of developing smoking-related diseases and offering them a “taster” session at a quit smoking service doubles their likelihood of attending a stop smoking course, a UK study shows. In the randomised control trial, 4384 smokers were given either a routine referral letter … Continue reading

Awareness campaign ups ambulance calls for chest pain

A public awareness campaign urging people with heart attack symptoms to call an ambulance led to a significant increase in ambulance use by people with chest pain, an Australian study shows. The Heart Foundation’s ‘Warning signs of heart attack’ mass media campaign was launched in 2009, and ran intermittently until … Continue reading

Pharmacist input on discharge summaries cuts errors

Pharmacists should routinely have input into completing medication management plans in hospital patients’ discharge summaries, according to an Australian study that found the strategy significantly reduced the rate of medication errors. The study evaluated the discharge summaries from 832 patients at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne over a six month … Continue reading

New strategies needed on colorectal cancer screening

New strategies are needed to identify and engage first-degree relatives of those with colorectal cancer (CRC) in screening programs, an Australian study suggests. The study involved 752 Victorian people diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 574 first-degree relatives, who were identified through a population-based cancer registry and randomly allocated to intervention … Continue reading

Link found between less walkable suburbs and heart attacks

People living in neighbourhoods that are less “walkable” have a higher risk of being hospitalised for heart attacks, new Australian research suggests. Researchers studied hospitalisations in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) between 2007 and 2013 together with measures of GP access, neighbourhood socioeconomic status, alcohol access, exposure to traffic and … Continue reading