Community & Health Research Newsletter – Winter 2011

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SHSC Research Newsletter Winter 2011

Second International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector

 Amsterdam – the Netherlands, 27 – 29 October 2010

Paul Linsley and Ros Kane, from the school of Health and Social Care recently presented at the above conference. Feedback from the conference is being utilised to inform the development of a further investigation into the relationship between alcohol consumption amongst young people, and violent crime in North East Lincolnshire.

Nursing team research evening – 8 December 2010

On 8th December 2010 members of the academic nursing team hosted a research event in Bridge House, whereby current students were invited to listen to presentations of staff research activity. John McKinnon delivered a presentation about his PhD whilst other team members presented posters and reports from recent research projects.

Graduates from both the BSc Nursing and the BSc Health and Social Care also came along to meet and chat informally with current students about the process of conducting and writing up their dissertations.

The evening was well attended and well received. Similar events are being planned for the future.

Publication of Nursing Text Book

Members of the academic nursing team at the university have recently completed new text book: Nursing for Public Health – Promotion, Principles and Practice. Edited by Paul Linsley, Ros Kane and Sara Owen the book includes contributions from all members of the team and from many colleagues outside the university.

The book, aimed primarily at pre-registration nursing students reflects the growing need for all nurses to become involved in the promotion of health and well-being of both their patients and of the wider population. The book seeks to provide a clear, academic and practical account of the increasing importance of public health knowledge for all nursing practice. The book was published by Oxford University Press in February 2011.

School of Health and Social Care Seminar Series 2010/11 Jo Gilmartin (University of Leeds): A critical review of the impact of reconstructive surgery following massive weight loss on patient QoL: a pilot study plan

Jo Gilmartin argued that there is a growing number of morbidly obese patients who are seeking surgical solutions to there problems, such as bariatric surgery. Significant weight loss often leads to excessive skin, which leads to QoL problems, such as problems with pychosocial and physical functioning. This coupled with the immense pressures of being slender and beautiful for women and slender and healthy for men add to a complex context for people who have recieved surgical interventions. Even though more and more people are accessing what is known in the literature as ‘body contouring’, little is known about the QoL aspects of life after this surgery in the UK.

Whilst some literature report good outcomes in relation to a number of aspects of QoL, Gilmartin argued that these were often drawn from case notes, and questionnaires administered that may not capture the complexity of this particular patient group. This reporting may also have a asymmetrical power balnce going on, which distorts the actual picture of the actual outcomes.

Jo Gilmartin and her colleagues call for a more patient centred approach to this patient group in which more psychosocial apsects are captured in the QoL studies alongside a clearer healthcare pathway.

In order to do this, Gilmartin and colleagues are conducting a pilot study to

1. identify tools & procedures to inform a large scale multicentre study.

2. to identify QoL outcomes from body contouring following massive weight loss.

to find out more about this study please refer to the presentation slides attached:A Pilot Study-Body Contouring Jo Gilmartin