Spotlight: Early diagnosis of cancer: advances and new evidence

CCHSR researchers have been busy with a number of new analyses on the early diagnosis of cancer, including the potential impact of delayed diagnosis on survival. Gary Abel summarises our collection of five new papers here

Is an intensive treatment regimen for newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients cost-effective? Economic evaluation of the 5-year results of the ADDITION study.

A new paper in Diabetic Medicine reports an economic evaluation of the ADDITION study, based on the five year follow-up data.  The Anglo-Danish-Dutch study of Intensive Treatment In peOple with screeN detected diabetes (ADDITION) is a prospective randomised controlled trial of screening and intensive treatment of newly diagnosed type-2 diabetes patients. The five-year outcomes, published …read more

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Don’t incentivise withholding of antibiotics!

Don’t prescribe too many antibiotics. And just to make sure you behave, we’ll pay you not to. That’s the latest message GPs are being given by the government. I personally find this very irritating. GPs are well aware of the public health implications of prescribing too many antibiotics, and the consequent risks of antibiotic resistance. …read more

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What can we do to promote person-centred primary care? Response to BMJ spotlight

 Patient centred care invites doctors and patients to work collaboratively to improve the way healthcare is designed and delivered so that it better meets the needs and priorities of patients. Charlotte Paddison reflects on the BMJ spotlight on patient centred care, and asks what this might mean for primary care? How can we get better …read more

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Hunt’s proposed ranking of hospitals on avoidable mortality rates is a bad idea

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Over the weekend it was announced that Jeremy Hunt wanted the NHS to tackle “avoidable deaths” in English hospitals (see this BBC report). On the face of it this seems like a good thing. Plans to review case-notes to see if anything could be learned, and then using these to establish a national rate of …read more

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NHS reforms: plus ça change

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The King’s Fund today released the first half of its verdict on how well the coalition has done on the NHS.  The second half – looking at NHS performance since 2010 – will be released in March, but today’s report focuses on the Lansley reforms.  Their verdict?  To put it bluntly, damning.  ‘Distracting and damaging’ were …read more

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Conference report: SAPC London & the South East Regional Meeting

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Well, I always think of SAPC at Madingley Hall as a cosy sort of conference, and it felt even cosier this year surrounded by ice and snow. It’s friendly, too. By the second day, I noticed a distinct increase in nods of hello and recognition between delegates, potentially the result of a lively night at …read more

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Understanding user interactions with the artificial pancreas

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The ‘artificial pancreas’ is a new treatment for diabetes which allows for the automatic control of blood glucose levels by replicating some of the functions of a healthy pancreas. The system wirelessly links together a set of devices – a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and insulin pump, both body-mounted, and a tablet-mounted algorithm – in …read more

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Does Hinchingbrooke spell the end for privately run NHS hospitals?

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Well, it doesn’t look good, does it? The private sector comes in with a flourish and then when the financial going gets tough and they’re about to get a dressing down on quality, Circle just walks away. However, the reality is a bit more complex than that. This hospital has struggled financially for years. For …read more

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CCHSR is recruiting Health Economists

We are expanding our team of health economists and wish to recruit two health economists, one at the University of Cambridge and one at RAND Europe.

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