There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in our research projects and work streams.
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Examples of projects that are currently being supported
Medical Capsule Robots for painless colonoscopy
Capsule robots are small devices that access and operate in environments that are out of reach for larger robots. In medicine, capsule robots can be designed to enter the human body through natural orifices or small incisions, and to perform endoscopy and surgery to minimise invasiveness of procedure.
Status – PPI members involved in Cancer Research UK grant application submission. If successful, involvement will continue for the duration of the project.
The impact of information design on the quality of bowel preparation for colonoscopy screening
This project aims to improve the design and content of bowel preparation instructions in order to increase comprehension amongst patients undergoing colonoscopy screening, which should lead to better quality of bowel preparation, higher rates of colonoscopy completion, and a reduction in costs from failed examination.
Status – PPI members involved in defining the unmet needs, outlining research questions and providing views on acceptability.
Stoma Patient Dataset
We are working with a main commercial supplier of stoma products in the UK on a 2,000 patient dataset to define relevant research questions that address patient reported outcome measures.
HEPARIM – use of functional MRI for assessment of regional liver function.
The HEPARIM study will use a new type of MRI scan to calculate how well different areas of your liver function. It is important for clinicians to know this information before surgery to ensure that you have enough functioning liver left afterwards. Currently blood tests and scan results are used, but we hope that this new imaging technique can provide more detailed information and improve the lives of future patients.
Status – PPI members provided feedback on the readability of the patient information leaflet and consent form.