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).
Prevalence, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Lyme disease
Our work focusses on the nature and extent of empirical research evidence on Lyme disease in humans, within four separate review areas:
- Lyme surveillance: What is known about the completeness of surveillance data from studies which compare different data sources?
- Experiences of diagnosis: What are patients’, clinicians’ and researchers’ perspectives and experiences of diagnosis of Lyme disease? How do these perspectives and experiences help us to understand and implement findings about the efficacy of different diagnostic approaches?
- Experiences of treatment: What are patients’, clinicians’ and researchers’ perspectives and experiences of treatment of Lyme disease? How do these perspectives and experiences help us to understand and implement findings about the efficacy of different Lyme treatments?
- Prevention: What is the effectiveness and UK applicability of interventions to prevent Lyme disease?
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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