Case studies

Medicines Evaluation Unit: COPD drug

Clinical trial testing a new treatment for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

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Locum doctors in the NHS

Project gathering patient feedback in order to better understand the quality and safety of locum doctors working in the NHS.

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Diabetes medication and cardiovascular health

ASCEND PLUS is a new trial being developed to test whether a particular diabetes medication can also be used to prevent heart attack, stroke, and other complications in people with type 2 diabetes.

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Move a little and often

‘Move a little and often’ is a new approach to help people move more and was part of a PhD research study from The University of Manchester.

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Identification of chronic kidney disease

Project gathering patient feedback on a research proposal looking to develop new ways to identify patients prone to rapidly progressing kidney disease.

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Coronavirus vaccine trials

Throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Research for the Future has supported a range of research studies looking at potential new vaccines.

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Using artificial intelligence to predict risk

Project looking to develop research to understand if integrating a range of data resources can support healthcare professionals to better identify and manage people at risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Understanding new ways of working during the pandemic

Understanding patients’ experiences of GP appointments and GP services during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Diabetes opportunities in Greater Manchester

Working with patients to develop a resource to ensure people living with diabetes in Greater Manchester know about the different opportunities available to them.

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Developing a research proposal

Developing a research proposal to trial of a new smartphone app to help people better manage their own health conditions.

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Mediterranean diet and resistance exercise for cardiac rehabilitation

Testing the feasibility and acceptability of a high-protein Mediterranean-style diet and resistance exercise program to help increase muscle mass in cardiac rehabilitation patients.

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The Wearable Clinic

Research to understand if wearing a digital device such as a smartwatch can help people with long-term conditions manage aspects of their health and care.

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myAirCoach2 – self-management of Asthma

myAirCoach was a European-wide research project looking to develop a digital health system to help people monitor and manage their asthma.

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SCORE-IT focused on a set of core outcomes that should be measured in all studies of glucose-lowering treatments for patients with type 2 diabetes.


The SuMMiT-D study

Dr Kiera Bartlett from The University of Manchester shares her experience of using Research for the Future to support her recruitment.

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Long Term Conditions NHS Test Bed

The number of people living with a long term health condition is increasing. NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester are working with Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) to carry out a project to evaluate a new way of using technology to identify and support patients at risk of hospital admission due to specific long-term conditions such as heart failure, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Pharmacy Services focus group: Looking at expectations and experiences of local pharmacy services.

Ali Hindi, researcher at Manchester University gives his experience of using Research for the Future to recruit to his recent study

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Prevention of foot ulcer recurrence in diabetes patients using plantar pressure biofeedback

Our research team, led by Prof. Neil Reeves from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) successfully used Help BEAT Diabetes to recruit people with diabetes to our foot and ulcer prevention study.

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Driving with Diabetes – The role of eye movements in driving performance in people with diabetes

Monica Perazzolo, researcher at Manchester University gives her experience of using Research for the Future to recruit to her recent study

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Tameside Bone Metabolism study

Dr Janice Mascarenas, researcher at Tameside & Glossop IC NHS Foundation Trust, shares her feedback having accessed Research for the Future

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Cloudy with a chance of pain

Cloudy with a chance of pain is the world’s first smartphone-based study to investigate the association of chronic pain and weather conditions.

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The UK Diabetes and Diet Questionnaire: Assessing dietary habits of people with, or at high risk of, type 2 diabetes

In 2013, we invited Help BEAT Diabetes volunteers to help Clare England, a research dietitian from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences, develop a questionnaire to assess the dietary habits of people with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes. Clare wanted to find out what people with the condition thought […]

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Exploring daily activity in people with long term conditions

Isabel Adeyemi, PhD student, Centre for Primary Care and Centre for Health Psychology, The University of Manchester, shares her feedback having accessed Research for the Future.

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Accessing the Research for the Future service to help recruit

In this short film, Stephanie Yau discusses the kinds of research she is involved in and the benefits of using the Research for the Future service to help recruit to time and target.


Mrs Sam J’s story: My experience of taking part in research

Mrs Sam J is 55-years-old and has had type 2 diabetes for four years. She joined Help BEAT Diabetes in 2013 and describes the first research study she took part in – investigating genetic and environmental factors of type 2 diabetes.

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Annabella’s experience of taking part in research

Annabella took part in a study of diabetic neuropathy at Manchester Metropolitan University. Here she discussed why she wanted chose to take part and the benefits of being involved.

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How often do patients notice preventable problems in primary care? (Electronic Questionnaire)

Dr Jill Stocks, Research Fellow from the Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, which is based at The University of Manchester’s Institute of  Population Health, describes her experiences accessing the Research for the Future campaign. (Primary care includes all non-hospital healthcare such as GP surgeries, community services, walk-in clinics and pharmacies.) “Usually patient safety […]

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Mike’s experiences of taking part in research

Mike took part in a research study after signing up with our Help BEAT Diabetes campaign. Here he recounts why he chose to get involved in research and his journey throughout the process.

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Help BEAT Diabetes supports hearing in diabetes research

In this video, Dr Kai Uus describes her experience accessing Research for the Future’s ‘Help BEAT Diabetes’ campaign.

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REFRESHED: REstoring FavouRablE Sleep to HElp patients with Diabetes (Observational Study)

Researchers from The University of Manchester’s Institute of Human Development led by Principle Investigator Dr Martin Rutter, senior lecturer and honorary consultant physician, are undertaking research to assess how sleep disturbance is related to blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. The research team approached Help BEAT Diabetes to help with recruitment alongside […]

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Living with multiple co-morbidities (Focus Group)

Rebecca Hays, Research Associate, from the Institute of Population Health at The University of Manchester shares her experiences accessing Help BEAT Diabetes support. “I work for the multimorbidity theme of the National Institute for Health Research Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. “We were looking for people to join a Patient and Public […]

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Assessment of hearing disability in people with diabetes (Observational Study)

Wai Piu Chong, Postgraduate Student, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester discusses accessing the campaign to support his research. “My study assessed hearing disability in diabetic patients and I had an awesome experience working with the Help BEAT Diabetes team. “The Help BEAT Diabetes campaign has a very well-maintained database of diabetic patients who […]

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Changes in paraoxonase activity, HDL properties and inflammatory markers in people with type 1 diabetes (Observational Study)

Jonathan Schofield, Clinical Research Fellow from The University of Manchester and Specialty Registrar in Endocrinology & Diabetes discusses accessing the campaign to support his research. “I am immensely grateful to the Help BEAT Diabetes team for their efforts advertising our study exploring the association between high-density lipoprotein functionality and microvascular and macrovascular complications in type […]