Spotlight: Conference report: HSRN 2015


Having lived in primary care world for a while, it was nice to rejoin fellow health services researchers at HSRN 2015, a conference I haven’t been to for a long while. Held at the Nottingham Conference centre (a venue which interprets “continental breakfast” as sausage sandwiches, to few complaints), it brought together around 300 attendees …read more

I wish I could have Doctor Who as my GP: The tale of how the language spoken by your doctor affects experience of care for South Asians

Dr Who fan (and PhD candidate) Faraz Ahmed looks at whether sharing a language with their GP improves experience of primary care for patients from minority ethnic groups

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Out-of-hours – out of favour?


Latest research from CCHSR shows that commercial out-of-hours providers are rated poorer than NHS providers. But is this the whole story?

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Mixed methods and corny metaphors

little house on the prairie

How often does “mixed methods” mean “mixed methods”? Not quite as often as we might hope…

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Lords Reform: An unnecessary procedure?

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As the election looms, what might various parties’ plans for reform of the House of Lords mean for the scrutiny of health and health care related legislation? Conor Farrington, a medical sociologist at CCHSR (but we stole him from political science), raises some concerns.

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Why do people with multiple long-term conditions report worse patient experience in primary care?

A new paper by CCHSR researchers, based on the GP Patient Survey, explores why people with multimorbidity report more negative experiences of care compared to those patients who have none, or one, long-term conditions.

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Did you catch the anglerfish? Navigating the depths of qualitative research


How should we go about presenting qualitative health services research which is rigorous, rich, but also able to be understood by a wide audience? Jenni Burt argues you should reach the depths, but maybe not tell everyone about it…

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So will pharmacists save the NHS?

Well maybe, but we shouldn’t get too carried away. The RCGP and RPS have produced a joint statement of how pharmacists and GPs could work better together and the news media today are talking about an ‘army’ of pharmacists coming to the rescue of general practice. Should we be greeting the cavalry with open arms? …read more

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So has QOF reduced death rates or not?

The question of whether improving healthcare leads to improvements in health remains an important one. Martin Roland outlines why a recent BMJ analysis on the relationship between QOF and mortality may not take the right approach to answering this.

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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

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