GPs order blood tests for diagnosis, ongoing monitoring of health conditions, and screening, regularly as a core part of their work. However, there is wide variation in testing rates amongst doctors and in the proportion of tests that yield abnormal results. This team is creating an easily accessible tool to show testing rates for individual GP practices, comparing them to population trends, and alerting GPs to important changes. Modelled on the successful OpenPrescribing.net tool, they will produce simple actionable data for clinicians, such as statistical process control techniques to give early warning of drifting practice, giving them targeted opportunities to improve patient care and get better value for the NHS.
Can we accurately forecast non-elective bed occupancy and admissions in the NHS? A time-series MSARIMA analysis of longitudinal data from an NHS Trust
1 July 2022
Hospitals need to be able to predict their capacity for admitting patients when planning elective surgeries. Researchers funded by HDR UK developed a new model for making forecasts that were more...
A population-based cohort study of obesity, ethnicity and COVID-19 mortality in 12.6 million adults in England
21 June 2022
Obesity dramatically increases the risk of death from COVID-19 but, the extent of this risk across different body weights and ethnic groups was not clear. Researchers using health and Census...
Do home adaptation interventions help to reduce emergency fall admissions? A national longitudinal data-linkage study of 657,536 older adults living in Wales (UK) between 2010 and 2017
21 April 2022
Falls are a significant concern for older people and the NHS, however there is little evidence for the effectiveness of services to make adaptations at home. Researchers in Wales have used health...