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Research criteria

This section documents criteria used to assess the merits of research proposals which may be funded by the charity. It is essential that all research support by Lebe Trust meets the charity’s purpose as set out in the ‘objects clause’ of its governing document

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Criteria for selecting research topics

Preference will be given to research topics that address the following themes:

 1.   Investigates secondary prevention activities in BAME adults with diabetes, in order to detect diabetes comorbidities at their earliest stages. These activities include attendance at medical exams and screening tests (e.g. COVID-19 testing).

2.    Adopts a multidisciplinary approach.

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Importance of multidisciplinary work

A recurring theme, both in our stated object and the various strategic goals (see above), is the emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach. This reflects a growing recognition that tackling multimorbidity in BAME patients requires interdisciplinary cooperation, with input from both medical and non-medical professionals, including psychologists, sociologists, cognitive scientists, epidemiologists and anthropologists (see Hausmann et al, 2019, PLoS ONE 14 (4): e0215049). Below are three examples of multidisciplinary approaches that will be employed or supported by the charity.

Multidisciplinary work: example 1

A health psychologist helps a London-based GP practice administer a psychological test that helps identify BAME diabetes patients experiencing severe mental health distress.

Multidisciplinary work: example 2

Conducting an online webinar to enable doctors and psychologists better understand the psychological factors that prevent BAME diabetes patients from undertaking vascular testing to detect signs of cardiovascular disease.

Multidisciplinary work: example 3

A team of anthropologists and doctors develop an intervention that helps BAME diabetes patients overcome cultural and religious superstitions that prevent them from testing for COVID-19.

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Additional requirements

Any research conducted or supported by the trust must show evidence of interest and success in engaging with the BAME community online. Below are some essential activities, based on a BAME research toolkit published by University of Leicester and De Montfort University, Leicester.

 1.    Undertaking effective BAME patient and public online participation in research

2.    Conducting effective online recruitment from BAME online communities

3.    Ensuring BAME cultural competency in the research (e.g. language proficiency).

4.    Providing effective online feedback to BAME research participants

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Lebe Trust is a registered charity (CIO) in England and Wales (1190779). A charitable incorporated organisation. A member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCV0 member ID: MEMBER/26810). Merseyside Liverpool.

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