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What is the impact of locating welfare advice in GP surgeries?

Patients seeking support related to benefits claims and social problems associated with low income and debt account for a considerable amount of busy General Practitioners’ consultation time.

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Intervention impact on North East smoking in pregnancy

An intervention evaluated by NIHR SPHR researchers at Fuse has shown to have a substantial impact on referrals to smoking cessation services and quit rates among pregnant women in North East England.

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Sensory impairments increase the risk of frailty in later life

Research by Ann Liljas, NIHR SPHR PhD student at UCL, and colleagues has shown that older community-dwelling English adults with self-reported hearing problems and poor vision, respectively, have increased risks of frailty over four years.

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Report: Changing risk behaviours and promoting cognitive health in older adults

Changing risk behaviours and promoting cognitive health in older adults: an evidence-based resource for local authorities and commissioners.

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New PHPES Evaluation: ways to wellness

Social prescribing is the use of non-medical interventions to achieve sustained lifestyle change and improved self-care among people with long-term health conditions (LTCs) and has been taking place on a small scale for a number of years.  The need for evidence of effectiveness using robust evaluative designs has been identified.

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How are priority-setting tools used in local government?

A new report has been published from a follow on study looking at the decision making tools used by local authorities to prioritise spending.

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Football as an effective mental health intervention? The evaluation of coping through football  

The NIHR SPHR Public Health Practice Evaluation (PHPES) programme is funding the evaluation of the London-based “Coping Through Football” project. This evaluation is carried out by Dr Oliver Mason (SPHR project lead), Professor David Osborn, Dr Jessica Deighton and Dr Bettina Friedrich at UCL as well as service user researchers.

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Smokers quitting tobacco also drink less alcohol

People recently attempting to quit smoking tobacco are more likely to try to drink less alcohol than other smokers, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Public Health.

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Age friendly cities – evaluation tool

SPHR researchers from LiLaC (Liverpool) and Cambridge have developed an evaluation tool for Age-Friendly City initiatives that has been applied in Liverpool.

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Communities in Control study: phase 1 findings released

The NIHR SPHR's Communities in Control study explores whether the health of individuals and communities increases when local people have greater control over decisions affecting the places where they live.

Phase 1 focused on exploratory work to understand early roll out of Big Local.

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