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Over 800 patients kindly took part in two major research projects completed earlier this year at Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals. The Trust's Research and Development Manager, Dr. Martha Wrigley has thanked patients for taking part in this contribution to improving patient care.

The first and larger of the studies, involving more than 500 patients over four months, was a study designed to validate an International Patient Dignity Scale which could go on to be used worldwide. The research was a collaboration between researchers from our Trust, Professor Ann Gallagher, Reader in Nursing Ethics at the University of Surrey and Nursing Professor and Public Health Doctor from the University of Nagoya in Japan. Once the results have been analysed, they will form the basis of a further study aimed at finding the key measures that would be effective in improving the satisfaction and expectation of patient dignity.

The second was a study into the effectiveness and acceptability of a new one-minute test for dry eye disease, suffered by millions of people, which occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or produce poor quality tears. More than 300 patients at the Ashford eye clinic were asked to take the test and complete a questionnaire. Four other South-East hospital trusts also took part in the study which aims to reduce the eye test time and improve accuracy.


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