Have you seen a care plan recently? Despite a massive effort, we didn’t see many in our national evaluation of care plans and care planning. Our new paper reports the findings of this work, summarised here.
NICE has today (8th August 2014) announced that it cannot recommend Roche’s latest breast cancer drug, Kadcyla (a combination of trastuzumab and emtansine) for routine use on the NHS because it is too expensive and hence not cost-effective. The draft ‘no’ was actually published in May, but there has been a press release issued today …read more
Martin Roland discusses the effects of pay for performance, following on from our study published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week.
Medicines have been getting into the mainstream news quite a lot in recent times. A couple of days ago saw the publication in Annals of Oncology of a review of the evidence for a protective effect of aspirin in reducing cancer in the general population. The role of aspirin in cardiovascular disease prevention is well …read more
Does power matter when using routine data and is there a point in performing a sample size/power calculation? Gary argues yes and yes!
Last week saw the European Conference on Health Economics (ECHE) hosted by Trinity College Dublin. CCHSR’s Ed Wilson was there. International conferences are always a great opportunity to find out what your colleagues are up to in different corners of the world. ECHE was no exception. The venue was Trinity College Dublin, home to the beautifully …read more
The Cochrane Collaboration is an organisation that conducts systematic reviews of healthcare interventions. The idea is that they are updated periodically (every 2 years) so that they provide the best evidence on what works and what doesn’t. After 21 years of existence, the Cochrane Library now holds over 6000 reviews by some 20,000 volunteer authors. …read more
For those who were unable to make it to Edinburgh for the 43rd annual conference of the Society of Academic Primary Care (9th – 11th July), here is my round-up of highs, lows, and (most importantly) the best and worst céilidh dancers at the conference dinner… As ever with national conferences, SAPC 2014 offered a …read more
In the days before BuzzFeed, amusing adverts snapped abroad by would-be photojournalists were a staple of email circulars. Who could forget the Chinese KFC ad that translated “finger-lickin’ good” to “eat your fingers off”, or the Italian campaign for “Schweppes toilet water”? Of course, you don’t have to go overseas to be met with mutual …read more
Recently, I have spent a lot of time sighing over papers I have been asked to review, usually scribbling furiously in various margins “WHAT IS THE STORY HERE?” In team meetings, we often plan out papers by sketching out “the story” – what it is we want people to understand and take away from this …read more