These reviews are currently being conducted by the Department of Health reviews facility:
Self-care is about people, families and communities taking responsibility for their own health and wellbeing and within the context of minor ailments has been estimated to offer potential savings of up to £1.6 billion. Self-care may therefore reduce the demand for direct interaction with GP and Accident and Emergency services. There is a gap in the literature for a review that brings together evidence on the barriers and facilitators to self-care for minor ailments and on the effectiveness of behavioural interventions this area, including (but not limited to) those delivered using technology and digital applications. We propose to locate and synthesise the evidence in this area.
The systematic review is being carried out in order to clarify the nature of the relationship between hepatitis C virus infection and fibromyalgia syndrome in adults. This is an update and expansion of work carried out as part of a larger study examining depression, anxiety, pain and quality of life in people living with chronic hepatitis C (Brunton et al. 2015).
Oral anticoagulant review
We are currently conducting an overview of reviews about oral anticoagulant therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism. This overview will address evidence syntheses which examine effectiveness, safety, patient and clinician experiences, adherence, self-monitoring and genotyping. The protocol for this overview of reviews is available on PROSPERO at https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?RecordID=84263. The full report will be available later in 2018.
Many Department of Health policy standards require impacts on ‘health AND wellbeing’; yet ‘wellbeing’ outcomes are not readily identified in the literature. The team is currently testing out a conceptual framework of subjective wellbeing that can be used across policy areas, using data taken from research eliciting the views of various stakeholders.
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