21st November 2013
Evidence from the Childhood obesity Outcomes Review (CoOR) study has been incorporated into a recent NICE guidance on ‘Managing overweight and obesity among children and young people: lifestyle weight management services (PH47)’. This study was led by CTRU senior research fellow, Dr Maria Bryant with funding from the NIHR HTA. The main output of the work is a outcomes framework, in which Maria, her team (Mr Lee Ashton, Professor Julia Brown, Professor Susan Jebb, Ms Judy Wright, Ms Kath Roberts and Professor Jane Nixon) and a group of national collaborators have proposed 2 primary and 50 secondary outcome measures recommended for use in the evaluation of childhood obesity treatment interventions. The monograph for the CoOR is currently in press with an anticipated release in January 2014 and full details of the NICE guidance can be found at http://guidance.nice.org.uk/PH47
21st November 2013
A highly successful joint conference held by the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) and the European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG) was held on November 13th at the Maritime Museum in Liverpool. This session, entitled: “Childhood Obesity in 2013: Developments in Science, Policy and Practice” was organised under the leadership of CTRU senior research fellow, Dr Maria Bryant, a member of the board of trustees for ASO. Despite recent issues with conference organization (with many meetings having to cancel), registrations for this meeting were high, with very few seats remaining. Dr Bryant continues to input into conference organization through her role with ASO and is currently helping towards a 2-day conference planned by ASO for October 2014 (http://www.aso.org.uk/conferences/).
4th October 2013
The OBI (Optimising Back pain Interventions) trial team have recently sent the last set of follow-up questionnaires to the last participant, having successfully recruited 89 participants back in April of this year.
OBI is a pragmatic multi-centre randomised controlled feasibility study that aims to test the acceptability and credibility of Contextual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CCBT) against best-practice Physiotherapy for people with chronic back pain associated with avoidance of daily activities. It addresses an important gap in the evidence on how to provide effective interventions for people with chronic lower back pain who are at high psychosocial risk.
The results and lessons learned from this feasibility study will inform the design of a definitive RCT to assess effectiveness of CCBT. It is expected that results from this study will be available by the end of the year.
1st October 2013
LICTR, as part of the School of Medicine has achieved Bronze level in the latest round of Athena SWAN Charter Awards. For more information please go to http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/311/athena_swan_success
23rd September 2013
The MIDSHIPS team are proud to announce that the trial has made it into a recent article (online and in print) in the Yorkshire Post! (http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/study-aims-...)
MIDSHIPS is an NIHR RfPB-funded pilot trial exploring the feasibility of implementing a large-scale RCT to investigate the effectiveness of interpersonal problem solving therapy (PST) in comparison to treatment as usual (TAU) for adults who have attended hospital due to self-harm. The pilot trial aims to establish the PST treatment schedule, determine suitable recruitment methods, monitor recruitment and follow-up rates, and assess acceptability to participants.