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Yorkshire and Humber researchers among prize winners at NIHR and Hospice Consortium Awards

A research team from Yorkshire and Humber was among those to receive the Marie Curie Prize at the NIHR and Hospice Consortium.

The Marie Curie prize is awarded to a research team which has published practice-changing results from a hospice or community care study on the NIHR Portfolio. This year, the award was given to the HIDDen study team, a collaboration between Hull York Medical School, the University of Cardiff and Northern Ireland Hospice.

The team were awarded for their observational study which ran at 5 specialist palliative care units across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and looked at how many cancer patients admitted to hospice units had deep vein thrombosis. Their findings have resulted in a number of changes to standard guidance in hospices, resulting in cost savings and improved patient safety.

Miriam  Johnson, Professor of Palliative Medicine, University of Hull said: "This work illustrates the importance of research in palliative care settings. The standard guidelines were not applicable to this group of people with deteriorating performance status at the end of their lives, and practice has now changed.”