Assessment, Care, Treatment In Neurology (ACTIoN) theme

Details about the ACTIoN theme

The Assessment, Care, Treatment In Neurology (ACTIoN) theme is a new partnership within CHCR bringing together researchers from different departments and professional backgrounds so as to optimise the potential benefits of collaborative working.

We have strong links both locally and nationally. These include:

In the recent past, we have received funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and national charities such as the Alzheimer’s Society as well as local research charities.

Research focus

Our research aim is to use our collective knowledge and skills to improve the lives of people living with neurogenic clinical conditions such as stroke, dementia and Parkinson’s disease. We carry out research with the people who are directly impacted by these conditions, their families and carers, as well as the systems of care that support them. Some examples of this work are:

  • The experiences of people living with dementia from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in Bristol. Subitha Baghirathan (former researcher), spoke to older people and their families from African-Caribbean, Chinese and South Asian communities in Bristol in order to find out about the experiences of people with dementia.

  • A terror management perspective on dementia. Terror Management is a major research paradigm within social science and holds that human beings are unique in our capacity for self-awareness and the ability to reflect on the past and ponder the future. From this comes out knowledge that death is inevitable, which engenders potentially debilitating terror that we have to “manage”. Researchers from ACTIoN have worked on a series of research projects to show how this theory might relate to people with dementia.

  • SPATIAL - A feasibility Study of Prisms and Therapy in Attention Loss after Stroke. In partnership with the University of Manchester, we are working on a proof of concept study and feasibility randomised controlled trial of prism adaptation as a primer for Occupational Therapy. The project is funded by Research for Patient Benefit NIHR and will run from June 2018 until 2020. It is also is also supported by the Evaluation theme. For more details, contact Dr Ailie Turton.