The Oxford Psychological Medicine Research team aims to improve the lives people with medical-psychiatric multimorbidity through high quality research. We research the psychological and psychiatric problems of patients with medical conditions, develop innovative treatments to address these and, test the treatments in rigorous randomised trials.
The research group moved to Oxford from Edinburgh in 2011.
Work we have done to date includes the development and evaluation of treatments for patients with depression and cancer, medically unexplained neurological symptoms and chronic fatigue syndrome.
We are currently studying new ways of delivering psychiatric and psychological care for the medically ill in the following projects:
- Implementing ‘Depression Cancer for People with Cancer’ (DCPC), a systematic approach to managing depression in cancer outpatients. This is an implementation study funded by the Oxford NIHR CLAHRC of the treatment system we have developed with Cancer Research UK funded randomised trials. The work is a collaboration between Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford University Department of Psychiatry and the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.
- Evaluating the benefit of proactive psychiatry for elderly medical inpatients in general hospitals. This clinical trial is funded by NIHR HS&DR and is conducted in collaboration with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and colleagues in Guy’s, King’s and Thomas’s, Cambridge and Glasgow. It is a multicentre randomised trial that compares proactive assessment and management of elderly patients admitted to hospital with usual NHS care on both length of stay and patient outcomes.
Talking about dying: overcoming barriers to frank conversations between oncologists and patients about the relative risks and benefits of treatment for advanced cancers. This study is funded through an Oxford NIHR CLAHRC DPhil fellowship (Dr Katy Burke) and is in collaboration with the Oxford Cancer Centre and also with Oncology colleagues in Edinburgh. It will use descriptive methods to determine the barriers to effective communication and then will develop and evaluate an intervention to improve this.
- The nature and associations of symptoms in patients with cancer. This work is part funded by Oxford NIHR CLAHRC and is a secondary analysis of a large Scottish NHS dataset on the symptoms suffered by cancer patients, the creation of which was funded by Cancer Research UK. It is being conducted in collaboration with colleagues at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.