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.
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…
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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