Systematic reviews for studies of older people

Susan Shenkin is Associate Editor for Systematic Reviews at Age and Ageing journal. She has recently published Systematic reviews: guidance relevant for studies of older people. She tweets at @SusanShenkin

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are increasingly common. Our recent article in Age and Ageing journal aims to provide guidance for people conducting systematic reviews relevant to the healthcare of older people. It’s essential that systematic reviews are performed by a team which includes the required technical and clinical expertise: if you’re planning to do a review, ask for advice and support early. We hope that highlighting these issues will also help people reading systematic reviews to determine whether the results will influence their clinical practice. Here is a summary of ‘good practice points’. Continue reading

Who’s our jolly good Fellow?

The Editorial Board of Age and Ageing is delighted to announce the launch of a Fellowship attached to the Age and Ageing Journal.

This opportunity is intended for trainees who plan a career in geriatric medicine who are interested in medical publishing. The 2-year appointment will run concurrently with the Fellow’s usual clinical post (or during period out of programme for research).

The Fellow will learn about manuscript preparation, peer review, manuscript editing, and journal production.

Roles will include involvement in general Journal business including handling submissions (under the supervision of the Editor or Associate Editor). Continue reading

Clinical academia: the enigmatic puzzle

Liz Charalambous is a qualified nurse on a female, acute medical HCOP (Health Care for Older People) ward at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospital Trust. She tweets at @lizcharalambou and is a regular guest blogger for the BGS.

lizSix months into a PhD to research the concept of volunteers in dementia and acute hospital wards, it has become apparent to me that there are a number of ways this area can be explored. Should I do a case study and examine the directorate as a whole? Or would ethnography be better to allow me an understanding of the organisational culture? Maybe a phenomenology study to understand the lived experience of those involved? How about a biographical account of a volunteer or maybe grounded theory to discover emerging theory? Continue reading

Help develop research relevant to older people

Helen Roberts is Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Southampton and the national lead for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Comprehensive Research Network Ageing Speciality Research Group.

logoThe National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is now 10 years old! During the last decade it has contributed significantly to the health and wealth of the nation and is now the most comprehensive research system in the world. The Ageing Speciality Research Group is part of the Comprehensive Research Network funded by NIHR and has a remit to increase participation in research into ageing within the NHS. This means encouraging more clinical staff and older people to take part in more studies. Continue reading

Flourishing ageing research

James Goodbrand is the Ageing research group administrator goodbrand

Formed in 2009, the Age and Ageing Specialty Group is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network which provides the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS. It is dedicated to improving the lives of older people by building the profile, quality and activity of UK ageing research by engaging with funders, Age UK, older people and other active and potentially active researchers. Continue reading