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NHS Research Scotland Cardiovascular Champion Leading James Lind Alliance Analysis into Digital Health Tech

NHS Research Scotland Cardiovascular Champion Leading James Lind Alliance Analysis into Digital Health Tech

6th November 2023

A senior figure within NHS Research Scotland (NRS) is proud to be leading a James Lind Alliance (JLA) project analysing the application of digital health technologies for cardiovascular issues

NRS’ Cardiovascular Clinical Network is a key member of the JLA steering group, and executive team member Professor Lis Neubeck – the Network’s Clinical Research Champion – is driving forward its primary goal of informing future studies that will place patients at their centre.

The project is part of a Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) between Edinburgh Napier University – where Lis is Professor of Cardiovascular Health – and Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University which will help to decide major priorities across the UK for those using digital health technologies to prevent and manage heart conditions.

According to the non-profit making JLA, its PSPs “work to identify which uncertainties really matter and where research would make the most difference.” They further “have the potential to impact on the people who take part in them, the profile of the areas they set priorities in, and of course the research that is funded.”

A pioneer in Scottish research, Lis has already played a significant role in producing and distributing a vital JLA survey which is serving to identify the most important questions that cardiovascular patients, carers, and health care professionals have around the use of digital technologies.

Lis – who was was ‘highly commended’ in the Services to Medicine category of the recent Scottish Women’s Awards – said: “We are delighted by this development with the James Lind Alliance and the possibilities it opens up for our research going forward.

“Successful prevention and management of heart disease and heart conditions can be further unlocked by the right innovation, and we hope this inclusive survey will provide us with very useful insights.

“Patient voices sometimes go unheard in academic research, but that is changing – a very positive step indeed – and this opportunity for them to influence the direction of digital health technologies in cardiovascular research should not be missed.

“Likewise, it is vital that we identify the key questions that carers and health care professionals would also like to ask when it comes to current and future digital research priorities in this area. The survey takes just 10 to 15 minutes, and we’d love for all relevant parties to get involved.”

Cardiovascular Champion Support Manager at NRS, Mary McAuley said: “It is inspiring to be part of this important steering group with patients, clinicians, researchers, and policymakers all having their voices heard, and I hope the opportunity for change is grasped.”

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