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Research Projects

King's College London NHS Health Centre is actively participating in various studies that can help and contribute to medical researches with valuable information.

 

These are all accredited institutions and patient confidentiality is strictly observed as per the practices GDPR policies.

 

You may receive invitations via text or email in the future, sent from your GP practice on behalf of the research team. Participation is completely voluntary.

 

If you’d like, please don’t hesitate to engage with any future invitations/links you may receive. 

Information on current active studies can be found below:

CPRD

Information in patient records is important for medical research to develop new treatments and test the safety of medicines. This practice supports medical research by sending some of the information from patient records to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)

CPRD is a Government organisation that provides anonymised patient data for research to improve patient and public health. You cannot be identified from the information send to CPRD.

For more information visit www.cprd.com/public

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Domestic  Violence & Abuse  Study

Since the UK national lockdown, there has been a drastic increase in the calls and visits to helplines, as well as the reports of cases of DVA. The inability to escape abusers has left victims trapped by law, often exacerbating pre-existing poor mental health conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety) and psychosomatic distress reactions (e.g., insomnia, OCD).The lockdown meant that physicians are seeing a fraction of their usual patients, and often offer remote consultations, which is a clear barrier to identifying victims of DVA.

 

This E-Survey based study primarily aims to investigate the prevalence of DVA. Completing the brief survey can help raise awareness about DVA in the community including how to recognise signs of the various types of DVA in both children and adults. Raising awareness about DVA in the community not only helps survivors of DVA to openly discuss and encourage receiving support, but also helps victims to recognise and acknowledge the abuse they are experiencing.

Please consider participating in this study by following this link.

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Condom Use Study

Condoms are the most effective method at reducing the risk of STIs as long as they are used consistently (every sex act, using the condom from start to finish) and correctly (the condom is put on and then removed properly). While many interventions aim to encourage condom use through knowledge and skills promotion, most do not address the reasons for condom non-use such as negative attitudes, decreased sensation, reduced sexual pleasure, fit-and-feel problems, application issues, and erection difficulties. The HIS-UK intervention has been designed specifically to help tackle some of these reasons through the promotion of self-practice and pleasurable condom use self-awareness.
 

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London Underground in healthy
subjects and patients with chronic respiratory disease.

An average of 4.8 million journeys are made on the London Underground every day and as the 'Tube' has elevated airborne PM mass concentrations compared to ambient air, this raises concern about the potential health impact of this environment. 

Aim 1: Experimental study. Measure, in healthy subjects and patients with COPD, the clinical, physiological and inflammatory responses to exposure to particulate matter (PM) on the London Underground.

Exposure to ambient air pollution - notably tiny particles called particulate matter (PM) - increases ill health and in some instances early death. There is no direct evidence of impacts on health from exposure to tunnel dust while
travelling on the London Underground. However, this conclusion rests on a somewhat limited evidence base. Given that both long- and short-term exposure to ambient air pollutants is understood to be detrimental to health, it seems reasonable to assume that the same would be true of exposure to tunnel dust, when PM concentrations are much higher than those above ground. However, given the different physio-chemical properties of subway particles, compared with those found in ambient air, means that it is not currently possible to state the nature and extent of any health risk. In this study, the team will utilise a tried and tested approach to address the possible health impacts of the air in the London Underground. Using the same protocols as in their  'Oxford Street' studies, the study team will investigate the health impacts of using the London underground network in healthy volunteers and subjects with cardio-respiratory problems.


The outcome of this work will either provide assurance that the London underground air is safe to breathe and indicate that no further action is required to clean up the tube network or, alternatively, if health effects are found then this will support action for further cleaning up the underground environment. In these circumstances an improved underground environment will therefore benefit the health of all underground commuters.

 

You can find more information regarding the study here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1C9lUUb9NBDE4xP5_YcuPhwdQTJixmBXK?usp=sharing.

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