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Public health has long been an evidence-based discipline. Use of clinical and epidemiological evidence to make decisions about how to manage health improvement and health protection is at the heart of public health practice. The context in which public health operates however has been changing. In England for example the Health and Social Care act (2012) saw the movement of public health from the NHS back to local government, and a greater focus on commissioning rather than implementing services.
Worldwide the biggest threats to morbidity and mortality are increasingly due to non-communicable and lifestyle-related factors. These include increases in rates of overweight and obesity, lack of physical activity, low rates of breastfeeding, high and increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections, smoking and unsafe levels of alcohol use.
Increasingly there is a need to draw on evidence from the behavioural sciences to adequately address 21st century public health priorities. In this presentation Dr Brown will discuss a number of recent and ongoing research studies where she has developed and evaluated (or plans to evaluate) digital public health interventions targeted at some of the health problems outlined above. In addition she will describe ongoing research exploring and addressing the barriers to better use of behaviour change science and evaluation in public health practice.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
To register for this free event please email CTEHR Centre Administrator Helen Smith.
Dr David Ellard, Warwick Medical School - Warwick Clinical Trials Unit - University of Warwick, will be CTEHR’s next speaker on 31st January 1-2pm. Please see below for more information.
The Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research (CTEHR) have been involved in an innovative project launched by BBC Learning and the Wellcome Trust which is designed to get primary school children excited about science.
As part of a new strategy in Leicester, UK, people born overseas will be offered testing for certain infectious illnesses (tuberculosis, HIV and viral hepatitis) when they register with a GP in the city. We aim to find out whether offering early tests for these infectious illnesses in this way will result in GPs actually doing more tests and identifying more people with these infectious illnesses.
Delivering Excellent Care Every Day for People Living with Advanced Dementia: Namaste Care Intervention UK (2016-19) is led by the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester & focuses on developing the optimal every-day care intervention for people with advanced dementia in care homes based on the principles of Namaste Care developed by Joyce Simard.
Facial paralysis results in weakness of the facial muscles, typically on one side of the face, affecting the facial function, appearance and communication of emotions. The objective of the project is to develop a working prototype and trial (through proof-of concept clinical studies) an inconspicuous, non-invasive wearable device (indistinguishable from normal spectacles) that provides discreet feedback on facial muscle movement and helps patients to continuously practise facial muscle exercises.
Start time: 13:00
End time: 14:00
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