Outputs & Resources

Below we share outputs and resources from IMPACT, DiaDeM and the TBMM network. These vary from academic publications, training and capacity building outputs, to communication activities. Please click into the relevant section.

In the Spotlight 
The Cochrane Library has recently published a Featured Review focussing on our Systematic Reviews on Behavioural Activation, these are important and well-conducted reviews that Cochrane are placing in the spotlight. You can see featured animations explaining Behavioural Activation, and Behavioural Activation in non-communicable diseases. You can also access the reviews in our IMPACT Academic publications below.



Academic publications
  1. Zavala GA, Prasad-Muliyala K, Aslam F on behalf of the IMPACT team et al Prevalence of physical health conditions and health risk behaviours in people with severe mental illness in South Asia: protocol for a cross-sectional study (IMPACT SMI survey) BMJ Open 2020;10:e037869. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-037869
    Link to the article here
  2. Wright J, Mazumdar P, Barua D et al Integrating depression care within NCD provision in Bangladesh and Pakistan: a qualitative study. International Journal of Mental Health Systems 2020 14:63
    Link to the article here
  3. Cook N, Siddiqi N, Twiddy M, et al Patient and public involvement in health research in low and middle-income countries: a systematic review BMJ Open 2019; 9:e026514. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026514
    Link to the article here
  4. Firth J, Siddiqi N, Koyangi A, Siskind D, Rosenbaum S, Galletly C et al. The Lancet Psychiatry Commission: a blueprint for protecting physical health in people with mental illness. Volume 6, Issue 8, P675-712, August 2019
    Link to the article here
  5. Mishu MP, Peckham EJ, Wright J, Taylor J, Tirbhowan N, Ajjan R, Al Azdi Z, Stubbs B, Churchill R, Siddiqi N. Interventions for preventing type 2 diabetes in adults with mental disorders in low and middle income countries. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2019, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD013281. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD013281.2)
    Link to the article here
  6. Uphoff EP, Newbould L, Walker I, Ashraf N, Chaturvedi S, Kandasamy A, Mazumdar P, Meader N, Naheed A, Rana R, Wright J. A systematic review and meta-analysis of the prevalence of common mental disorders in people with non-communicable diseases in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. Journal of Global Health. 2019 Dec;9
    Link to the article here
  7. The Cochrane Library published a Featured review of our systematic reviews on Behavioural activation therapy. You can read the featured review here or access the individuals reviews below.
  1. Uphoff EP, Ekers D, Robertson L, Dawson S, Sanger E, South E, Samaan Z, Richards D, Meader N, Churchill R. Behavioural activation therapy for depression in adults. Cochrane Systematic Review – Intervention. 06 July 2020. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD013305.pub2
    Link to the article here
  2. Uphoff  E, Pires  M, Barbui  C, Barua  D, Churchill  R, Cristofalo  D, Ekers  D, Fottrell  E, Mazumdar  P, Purgato  M, Rana  R, Wright  J, Siddiqi  N. Behavioural activation therapy for depression in adults with non‐communicable diseases. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2020, Issue 8. 06 August 2020. Art. No.: CD013461. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD013461.pub2
    Link to the article here
Presentations & Workshops

Our teams have participated in several conferences and communication activities to share progress and their experience and knowledge.

IMPACT partner organisation – Institute of Psychiatry (IoP)

At the National Annual 10th Public Health Conference of Pakistan at the Health Services Academy on December 3rd 2019, the IMPACT team at IoP made 4 presentations in a mini session allocated to IMPACT during the Mental Health session.

The following presentations were made during the session:

Further presentations by IoP

  • Presentation providing IMPACT updates and progress at the meetings of ORIC (Office of Research Commercialization and Innovation) of Rawalpindi Medical University (RMU) from October 2019 till Feb 2020, Prof Asad Tamizuddin and Faiza Aslam
  • Presentation to introduce IMPACT programme and update at Deans meeting of RMU in November 2019, Dr Asad Tamizudd and Faiza Aslam
  • Community Advisory Panel meetings of IMPACT were held on 28thSeptember 2019 for BEACON and on 1stOctober 2019 for SMI/4S
  • Presentation at the Clinico-Pathological Conference of RMU held on 12thof March 2020, to introduce IMPACT and share brief findings of the Survey of Physical and Mental Comorbidity, Prof Asad Tamizudd

Workshop by IoP
A one day workshop was conducted by the IoP IMPACT team on 20th February, 2020 at the Rawalpindi Medical University. The workshop was titled “Developing a research proposal”. The presenters included Prof Asad Tamizuddin Nizami, Dr. Faiza Aslam and Ms Rusham Zahra. Facilitators were Miss Humaira Khalid, Mr. Rahim Akhtar Khan and Miss Fakiha Shabbir.

IMPACT Partner organisation – National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS)

Presentations at the Symposium for the World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation World congress. 13th December 2019, Bangalore, Krishna Prasad

Krishna Prasad also presented ‘Counselling for non-communicable disease risk factors reduction’ at the national level review meeting of NPCDCS in Bangalore, 17th December 2019

IMPACT partner organisation – The University of Dundee, UK

Dr Jan Boehnke presented details of the programme and the SMI survey study, on behalf of the IMPACT group, at an online event ‘The Pandemic – where are we now’, led by the Institute for Social Science Research, University of Dundee. September 2020.

Dr Jan Boehnke presented details of Using a Delphi survey for the development of a core outcome set for multimorbidity studies at the GACD Implementation Science School Class of 2020 Reunion Event on 28th April 2021.

Systematic Review Training

The IMPACT programme is delivering online systematic review training through a series of  webinars. Alongside this we will offer more intensive support for review writing groups. The training is offered in collaboration with Cochrane Common Mental Disorders and Cochrane Global Mental Health.

The aim is for participants to learn how to carry out a systematic review. The writing groups will be supported to develop and publish a protocol on topics relevant to the IMPACT programme.

By the end of the webinar series participants will have:

  • an understanding of the importance of systematic reviews and their role in health/social care policy, practice, and decision making
  • an understanding of the individual steps of the SR process and their importance
  • have the skills to plan and conduct their own SR of interventions, including basic literature searching and meta-analytic knowledge
  • be aware of key web-based resources to support the planning and delivery of systematic reviews

You can access the sessions delivered so far via these YouTube links:

Session 1: Introduction to systematic reviews

Session 2: The review questions and PICOS

Session 3: Literature searching Part 1

Session 4: Literature searching Part 2

Session 5: Study Selection

Session 6: Software Demonstration/Data Extraction

Session 7: Quality Assessment & Risk of Bias

Session 8: Meta-Analysis Part 1

Session 9: Meta-Analysis Part 2

Session 10: Meta-Analysis Part 3 & Narrative Synthesis

Session 11: Write-Up, Reporting & Knowledge Translation Narative Synthesis

Playlist of all sessions:

Facilitators in the videos are based at the University of York: Jen Brown, Najma Siddiqi, Noortje Uphoff and Rachel Churchill; and the University of Leeds, Judy Wright.

The production of this webinar series and YouTube recording was supported by the National Institute for Health Research and the Cochrane Infrastructure funding to the Common Mental Disorders Cochrane Review Group. The views expressed in this recording are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the UK Department of Health and Social Care.

Other relevant links:

PROSPERO Website: https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/

PROSPERO registration video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MltKLEGad9s&t=3s

Cochrane Interactive Learning: https://training.cochrane.org/interactivelearning

Cochrane Library: https://www.cochranelibrary.com/

Find out more about Cochrane Common Mental Disorders https://cmd.cochrane.org/

If you wish to attend the training please contact us.

Writing for publication

The ‘Writing a scientific article’ mentoring-initiative was run by IMPACT over a 6 month period between June – November 2019. It consisted of two-hour interactive sessions once a month and was aimed at researchers who were non-native speakers of English and planning to write research papers for publication in an English-language journal or contribute to submitting research proposals.

The sessions combined theory and practice of scientific writing with a focus on the participants’ research papers 

Sessions will focussed on:

  • Writing tips
  • Structure of sentences and paragraphs
  • How to express personal opinions? 
  • Use of passive voice
  • Sentence structure: foregrounding and backgrounding, word order patterns, conditional clauses, definite and indefinite articles, adverbs, prepositional phrases and verb tenses
  • Summary and abstract
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion

Click on the links below to download session slides.

Supporting Documents

ASTRA-IMPACT Research (AIR) Webinars

AIR Webinars
This is an open webinar series on research methods developed by the NIHR ASTRA and IMPACT Groups. Webinars have covered topics ranging from sample sizes for surveys to planning an RCT. These have proved popular attracting over 326 participants with an average of 36 for each webinar. 

Other webinars
An additional webinar was run by NIMHANS in March 2020 for South-South capacity building: ‘Physical Health in Severe Mental Illness: Refocusing the Gaze’. There were 140 online participants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Nepal and UK with a variety of organisations joining.

Mentorship programme

The IMPACT programme has developed a structured mentorship programme which has been primarily driven by the mentees seeking to draw support from assigned mentors for different aspects of development. Personal development plans (PDPs) are built and agreed for each Research Fellow based on an initial assessment of research capacity and the requirements for their role within IMPACT. There is a bi-annual review of progress to review effectiveness of capacity-building activities and to plan for the next period. A final research capacity assessment will be used to reflect on progress during their post.

The documents below are useful tools on how to help step through the process of establishing a relationship within a mentorship programme.

Supporting Documents


Review search strategy for psychological interventions for depression in people with NCDs in South Asia

Members of the DiaDeM team are currently undertaking this systematic review, in this document you can see further details of the search strategy.

Supporting Documents

Behavioural Activation webinar sessions
Behavioural activation is a therapeutic intervention that can be delivered by non-specialists to treat depression. Click here to view the first session that was delivered by Prof Dave Ekers on 24th November. The second session was delivered by Karen Coales on 9th December, you can view this session by clicking here.

TB Multimorbidity Network 

Effect of quitting smoking on health outcomes during treatment for tuberculosis: secondary analysis of the TB & Tobacco Trial

Paper written by Dr Kamran Siddiqi published in BMJ Thorax demonstrating that smoking cessation during TB treatment can improve health outcomes.

Supporting Documents

An editorial on The syndemic challenge of tuberculosis and tobacco use (March 2021)
Academic Paper lead by Brendon Stubbs (March 2021)
Academic Paper lead by Brendon Stubbs including several members of the TB Multimorbidity team on Tuberculosis and Non-Communicable Disease Multimorbidity:

An Analysis of the World Health Survey in 48 Low- and Middle-Income Countries 

Supporting Documents

Editorial on TB multimorbidity in the The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (Feb 2021)

Several members of the TB Multimorbidity Network, led by Dr. Siddiqi, published an editorial on the urgency of addressing TB multimorbidity as a global health challenge.

Supporting Documents

TB Multimorbidity Newsletter May 2021

Newsletter May 2021 We have published our third newsletter, please click into the document below. If you would like to see anything included in future newsletters please contact us.

Supporting Documents

TB Multimorbidity Newsletter January 2021

Newsletter Jan 2021We have published our second newsletter, please click into the document below. If you would like to see anything included in future newsletters please contact us.

Supporting Documents

TB Multimorbidity Newsletter November 2020

We have published our first newsletter, please click into the document below. If you would like to see anything included in future newsletters please contact us.

Supporting Documents

Adolescents and TB Webinar 14 June 2021

The TB Multimorbidity Network held their third network webinar, we shared current research on TB multimorbidity among adolescents and discussed how TB programmes can better meet the needs of young people. Please click here for the video of the webinar, the slides are available in the supporting document below.

Supporting Documents

TB and Diabetes changing policy and practice Webinar 17 November 2020

We held our second network webinar and meeting of the TB Multimorbidity Network, this included policy-makers, practitioners, people with / survivors of TB and academics who shared
evidence and experience of integrating the screening and management of TB and diabetes within routine care in Africa and Asia, please click here for the video of the webinar, the slides are available in the supporting document below.

Supporting Documents