As part of our drive to support patient focused research we fund a number of studies each year, including the Kidney Patient Research Partnership between Kidney Care UK and British Renal Society. The committee meets once a year to review and award research grants based on scientific merit and clinical relevance. Applications were invited from health care professionals for grants to fund patient-centred, multi-professional clinical research in the field of kidney disease and its treatment
This year five studies were awarded funding by Kidney Care UK totalling over £150,000:-
Southampton General Hospital
Understanding treatment burden and enhancing capacity for older people with chronic kidney disease
This study aims to understand the nature and perception of treatment burden and capacity for older CKD patients and healthcare teams in both primary and secondary care in the UK. The improved understanding would allow multi-professional healthcare teams to appreciate (and possibly lessen) the challenges of managing CKD alongside other conditions. It would also help patients identify and describe what they face and how they cope with it.
Southampton Children's Hospital
GAME ON! Games and Gamification to improve self-management in children and young people with a chronic kidney disease
The aim is to refine, implement and pilot a prototype game to help empower young people with chronic kidney disease by helping them to gain the knowledge and skill necessary to self-manage their condition through gamification. The study will refine the look and design of the prototype as well as tasks that need to be completed. It will engage with clinicians and charitable organisations to ensure that the game achieves maximum uptake and use in clinical practice.
Kings College Hospital
Cultural influences on physical activity and exercise beliefs in patients with chronic kidney disease
This is a pilot study utilising prospective mixed-methods design to explore the understanding of physical activity and exercise, and factors that contribute to a decision to be physically active or sedentary, in patients with CKD from three ethnic groups; Black African and African-Caribbean, South Asian, and White Caucasian patients. The work will inform the design of a larger multi-centre study and help identify appropriate ways to recruit and engage with people from different cultures in research.
University of Hertfordshire
Specifying the role of renal carers in psychological interventions for haemodialysis patients from South Asian backgrounds
People from South Asian backgrounds are more likely to receive renal replacement therapy via haemodialysis, a treatment which imposes multiple demands on patients, with depression being common. Providing psychological support for ethnic minorities is complex because of language and cultural barriers that impact on willingness to disclose symptoms and take up treatment. The results of this study, alongside existing evidence, will lead to the first pilot of a UK based culturally tailored intervention for patients from South Asian backgrounds to support adjustment to HD.
University of Salford
Impact of Social Media to sustain, retain and support kidney patients involved in research
The primary aim of this study is to investigate the impact of social media as a tool to communicate, inform and retain research participants in a clinical research study. The findings will inform the development of evidence based best practice guidance for patient involvement and the use of social media in research, grounded in kidney patient experiences.
2018 research grant applications
Applications for 2018 funding is not yet open.
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