Spotlight: A realistic vision for primary care?

Jenni's (now rather battered) preview copy of the Commission report...

CCHSR Director Prof Martin Roland has been a little busy of late, as Chair of the Primary Care Workforce Commission. Their report has just been launched…so what does it say for the future of primary care?

Are NICE not being nice to GPs about antibiotics?

The new Antimicrobial Stewardship guidance was published this month by NICE, looking at organisational and system-wide approaches to optimising antimicrobial use. And the main message coming out of various news agencies today is that GPs will be “struck off” for not prescribing antibiotics appropriately. There is, of course, huge concern around the rising amount of …read more

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Timely diagnosis of cancer matters for patient experience

In our recent paper we studied how pre-diagnosis experience affects subsequent care experience in cancer patients (1). Our findings suggest that patients who experienced more pre-referral consultations in primary care are more likely to be less satisfied with their care. As perhaps could have been expected, the associations found were stronger for questions involving primary care …read more

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Why don’t care coordination interventions work?

Trials of care coordination are often disappointing. Well, they quite often show improved quality of care and improved patient experience but they rarely seem to save money. Which is a pity because that’s often why they’re set up. Or at least the mantra is “Fragmented care is wasteful, so if we get it better coordinated, …read more

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Wrong kind of care plans?

Doctors are pretty sceptical about care plans. No less so since the government started providing incentives for patients with long term conditions to have care plans. Yet a published Cochrane Review suggests that care plans can improve physical and mental health and improve people’s confidence in managing their own conditions [1]. So what’s the reason …read more

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Drug safety in a world of multimorbidity and polypharmacy


New research describes an association between use of two commonly used medications and brain haemorrhage. CCHSR’s Rupert Payne doesn’t necessarily think it’s that straightforward.

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Conference report: Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) 2015

SAPC 2015 conf

So, this years SAPC conference was apparently the biggest to date. But was it the best?

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The blog about a paper that started as a blog

Gary Abel, CCHSR Statistician, reflects on how a blog on hospital mortality statistics became a paper which has, in a full circle sort of way, now become this blog…

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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

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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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