National Institute of Health Research

The impact of our health research

The NIHR invests the equivalent of 1% of the NHS budget into the health research system every year. With this money we support research projects and the training and infrastructure to make sure that patients, clinicians and service managers have the evidence they need to make the best decisions.

The benefits of research take time to fully emerge: the studies below range from early in the pathway (eg peanut allergies) where there is great potential as the science and health system adapts to develop and deliver new treatments, to studies on obesity, aneurysms and diabetes where the benefits are already being realised in the health system. The evidence generated by the NIHR in this way informs key decision-making through informing NICE (Birthplace, schizophrenia) and other guidelines or pathways (CPR, rheumatoid arthritis, Ebola), the activity of Clinical Commissioning Groups (obesity) and the National Screening Programme (cervical screening).  

These and other NIHR research projects are a strong global influence on healthcare, attracting investment into the UK and allowing us to lead the way in integrating the research system into healthcare, for the benefit of us all.

NIHR at 10 improving the health and wealth of the nation

 


Below are 10 case studies showing the real difference NIHR research has made during its first decade. If you’d like to be part of our impact in the next ten years, please register as a reviewer, make a research suggestion or apply for project funding.

Stopping an aneurysm before it bursts

Aneurysms

How to stop an aneurysm before it bursts?

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Where is it best to give birth?

Birthplace

Where is it best to give birth?

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Who gives the best cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)? Man or machine

CPR

Who gives the best cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)? Man or machine

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What part should HPV testing play in cervical screening?

Cervical screening

What part should HPV testing play in cervical screening?

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Self monitoring of blood sugar levels for diabetics

Diabetes

Is self monitoring of blood sugar levels effective for non-­insulin ­dependent diabetics?

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How do you keep Ebola patients hydrated?

Ebola

How do you keep Ebola patients hydrated?

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Can we use nuts to cure nut allergies?

Peanut allergies

Can we use nuts to cure nut allergies?

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Playing football

Obesity

Can football clubs help fans to lose weight?

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Are new drugs effective for treating Rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis

Are new drugs effective for treating Rheumatoid arthritis?

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Do new drugs work better than old for treating schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia

Do new drugs work better than old for treating schizophrenia?

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Rheumatoid arthritis image: Case courtesy of A.Prof Frank Gaillard, Radiopaedia.org, rID: 7245

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