Monthly Archives: January 2013

How to reduce emergency admissions – notes from a PwC round table

Earlier in January I spoke at a round table discussion with around 20 acute trust chief execs and CCG leads organised by PricewaterhouseCoopers. The subject of the discussion was how to reduce emergency admissions, and here are some of the key points that came up in discussion. There are tremendous opportunities in the new clinical …read more

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World #2 health-policy think tank

The CCHSR has recently been named as second in a world ranking of health policy think tanks. This is the sixth ranking to be constructed by the University of Pennsylvania. Across all categories, 57,000 nominations were received which were reviewed by 793 expert panellists.

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Joint tests: What are they and why use them?

Recently I have been asked to explain what was meant by the term “Joint test” by reviewers or editors of papers under consideration for publication. This has surprised me somewhat as in most cases joint tests are the most appropriate test for the effect of categorical variables and should be commonplace. However, they are not …read more

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Case management doesn’t reduce emergency admissions

Following the failure of two high profile case management schemes to reduce emergency admissions in England (Evercare and the DH Integrated Care Pilots), Sarah Purdy and colleagues in Bristol have published a systematic review and meta-analysis of the impact of case management interventions on hospital admissions (Huntley A et al Family Practice 2013 doi:10.1093/fampra/cms081). None …read more

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Top 10 tips for conducting a postal survey

I’ve spent the last year organising a postal survey of GP patients. Having overseen the mail-out of nearly 15,000 questionnaires, I thought I would offer a few thoughts on how to get through a big survey with both yourself and the data intact… Learn how to mail merge between Word and Excel. To create your …read more

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