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Impact case studies: Psychology

Discover some research impact case studies from our Department of Psychology.

Evaluating new medical treatments on quality of life

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Research in the Department of Psychology has generated a series of Patient Reported Outcome Measures validated in over 100 languages. These measures have been used by every major pharmaceutical company in the world to evaluate the impact of new treatments on quality of life and patient satisfaction.  

This research has therefore delivered major benefits to hundreds of thousands of individuals with diabetes and other long-term medical conditions, who can be assured that the treatments they are offered will improve their quality of life as well as their quality of health.  

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Reducing the urban speed limit to 20mph


Research in the Department of Psychology has investigated the relationship between fundamental aspects of human visual processing and the scenarios in which road accidents are most likely to occur.  

This research has been at the heart of a national campaign to lower urban speed limits, particularly where child pedestrians are present. This campaign has resulted in the adoption of 20mph speed limits for residential streets in over 40 local authorities affecting over 10 million residents. These changes have the potential to prevent over 500 killed or seriously injured outcomes annually, including saving around 40 pedestrian lives each year. 

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