RAND Europe working with The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute

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What is THIS Institute?

The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute aims to create a world-leading scientific asset for the NHS by strengthening the evidence-base for improving the quality and safety of healthcare.

Co-created by the University of Cambridge and the Health Foundation, THIS Institute is founded on the guiding principle that efforts to improve care should be based on the best quality evidence.

The institute is boosting research activity to provide more clarity on what works in improving healthcare, what doesn’t, and why. THIS Institute will combine academic rigour with the real concerns of patients and staff. Therefore, the institute has made a commitment to work in partnership with NHS patients and staff and other collaborators throughout the UK.

Visit the website of THIS Institute

RAND Europe’s Role

RAND Europe is a key partner of THIS Institute. Our main role is supporting the high quality research of THIS Institute throughout the period 2018–2028. RAND Europe researchers work with THIS Institute on numerous research projects focused on how to improve healthcare in the NHS.

RAND Europe’s THIS Institute Projects

  • Examining the use of Paediatric Early Warning Systems in the UK

    25 Jan 2021

    A diverse range of paediatric early warning (PEW) systems are commonly used across the UK, particularly in acute settings. A review of their use uncovered a growing interest amongst some healthcare decisionmakers in the potential of using a standardised system.

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    Reviewing the use and effectiveness of arts-based approaches for public engagement with research

    11 Jan 2021

    To raise awareness about a research topic, increase research impact, or help inform the research process and direction, taking an arts-based approach may help to engage the public.

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    What influences improvement processes in healthcare?

    15 Sep 2020

    Although many healthcare organisations are engaging in activities to improve the quality of healthcare, there are still considerable challenges in doing so. Additional research on quality improvement could help inform a better understanding of how improvements in patient care can be achieved and sustained.

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    Examining innovation in citizen science

    17 Feb 2020

    Advances in technologies, together with new opportunities for integrating diverse data sources, are enabling innovative methods of data collection in citizen science projects, but new risks have also emerged as the field evolves.

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    Enabling public contributions to health research

    15 Feb 2019

    Patient and public involvement (PPI) in health research can take place at different levels and across stages of a research cycle. Despite challenges, the growing focus on and increased commitment to PPI over the past decade has revealed some key enabling mechanisms and rewards.

  • How to enable NHS staff to contribute to healthcare research

    12 Dec 2018

    The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute sought evidence of why and how NHS staff contribute to healthcare research, as well as their associated engagement challenges and potential enabling mechanisms.

  • Thinking outside the box

    Citizen science generates ideas and explores consensus

    16 Aug 2018

    Citizen science-based idea management platforms offer a digital social space to generate, discuss, refine and evaluate ideas. Additionally, a variety of methods exist for exploring expert consensus, many of which are Delphi-based. Researchers provide a practical overview of online approaches to opinion gathering.

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    Citizen science: crowdsourcing for systematic reviews

    21 Jun 2018

    Systematic reviews are often time-consuming and costly. In the second of a three-part learning report series, RAND Europe researchers outline how crowdsourcing can make the systematic review process more efficient without sacrificing quality.

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    The potential of citizen science for research

    24 May 2018

    Through a rapid review of the available literature and interviews with four experts, researchers compiled a practical overview of crowdsourcing in citizen science. The report highlights the benefits of crowdsourcing, best tools to use, and best practices.