What I read on the internet (Part II)

Following on from Jenni Burt’s blogs here and here about the process of reviewing and revising papers, a couple of my favourite teaching links on the topic are this one on “How not to annoy the statistical referee” and this one about the process of post-publication errors in the BMJ.

At work (when not idly surfing the internet or writing insightful health policy tweets) I am continuing to think about the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey and whether and how hospitals can use the results to improve patient experience.   So I was interested to come across this website where hospitals can use survey results to try to identify areas for improvement (Gary will be talking about an approach that hospitals could take using NCPES at the National Cancer Intelligence Network conference (in the patient experience session) this week).  This second website appears to suggest to patients that they should directly compare patient experience scores across hospitals when making choices about treatment – and previous work from CCHSR may also be helpful here to consider how we can make reliable comparisons across organisations [1].

Continuing the Mumsnet-related-links theme I was delighted to see that the Wellcome Trust are recruiting study participants here.

Finally Tom Shakespeare gave a brilliant radio essay here (thanks to my mum for pointing me in the direction) on whether, and should, we measure compassion in health service professionals.

1. Lyratzopoulos G, Elliott MN, Barbiere JM, Staetsky L, Paddison CA, Campbell J, Roland M. How can health care organizations be reliably compared?: Lessons from a national survey of patient experience. Med Care. 2011;49(8):724-33.

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