Leicester Based Research Study Highlighted in National Report

Posted by pt91 at Oct 10, 2011 11:03 AM |
National Institute for Health Research features University of Leicester diabetes study

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 10 October 2011

The National Institute for Health Research’s (NIHR) annual report has highlighted a Leicester based study that examines how pharmacists can help in the early detection of type 2 diabetes. The research uses a combination of a self-assessment tool and the use of innovative equipment that enables people to have their blood tested, and be given the results, within minutes. The aim is to establish which is most effective at encouraging people to visit their GP for another blood test to confirm if the patient has type 2 diabetes. Ten pharmacists from across Leicester City are involved.

The NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland  (CLAHRC for LNR)– a partnership between NHS Trusts and the University of Leicester - has collaborated with Merck, Sharp and Dohme (MSD) and NHS Leicester City to support this study.

Professor Kamlesh Khunti from the University of Leicester, Principal Investigator of the study, said “The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Leicester is one the highest in England. Finding out the best way of detecting those at high risk of the condition, or who already have it, is vital in ensuring prompt treatment that improves long term outcomes. The use of the self-assessment tool, developed by our Diabetes Research Team as part of CLAHRC for LNR, in combination with cutting edge technology gives people the information they need on their diabetes risk at once and, if it is high, encourages them to see their GP.”

Professor Richard Baker from the University of Leicester and Director of CLAHRC for LNR said “I am delighted by the fact that out of all the CLAHRC studies from across England this one has been selected to be in the NIHR annual report. It is a real feather in the cap for all of us here and recognition of all the hard work that the CLAHRC for LNR staff, across all our research activities, are doing to improve healthcare in our area.”

The NIHR Annual report can be seen at http://www.nihr.ac.uk/Pages/default.aspx

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