Medical Care Research Unit
Established in 1966, the Medical Care Research Unit (MCRU) is one of the UK's leading health services research groups.
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The Medical Care Research Unit has been conducting high quality health services research for almost 50 years. Our aim is to carry out research that influences health care practice and policy for the benefit of NHS patients and the public. We describe and evaluate services and technologies to measure the impact on patient outcomes, service effectiveness and the wider social and economic effects.
Our research is funded by grants from the National Institute of Health Research, Research Councils and charities. In the five years 2010-2014 we have led or collaborated on research grants worth £8.1million.
We contribute to ScHARR Innovation and Knowledge Transfer activities by conducting consultancy projects for public sector clients. MCRU staff also provide support to ScHARR Postgraduate Taught Programmes and Postgraduate Research Students undertaking PhD studies.
Urgent and Emergency Care
Urgent and emergency care has been a major research theme for MCRU for 25 years. Our current projects include:
closED - Impact of closing Emergency Departments in England
Long term conditions
Healthlines - Exploring how NHS Direct can support people to manage their long term health conditions.
Methodological research and evidence review
The MRC ConDuCT-II Hub – Collaboration and innovation in difficult and complex randomised controlled trials in invasive procedures.