Monthly Archives: May 2013

The wrong sort of triage

I visited our local A&E department recently, where they now have consultant physicians in A&E till 10pm every day. The rationale is simple. More senior people can make better decisions about when to admit people. In contrast, juniors play safe and admit people when admission may not be needed. In a nutshell, experienced staff are …read more

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Better management of patients with multimorbidity

In a recent BMJ article, Charlotte Paddison and I argue that we need a new approach to patients with multimorbidity. Or not so much a new approach as rediscovering some old values. First, we argue that we need to put more value on clinical judgement. Guidelines are generally developed for people with single conditions and …read more

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Revising a paper? Here’s what I do…

The first paper I ever submitted to a journal was accepted without revision. Brilliant. Choose a journal, write the paper, send it in, sorted. Oh, my poor deluded younger self. Imagine my surprise when my next paper was summarily rejected, painfully revealing the reality of Getting Your Paper Published. Somewhere. Anywhere! Now well versed in …read more

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What’s all the fuss about ‘big data’?

Big data seems to be the new catch word. What’s so special about it and why does it matter? ‘Big data’ refers to datasets so large that it becomes difficult to process them using conventional methods. Big datasets arise partly from ‘big science’, for example astrophysics and genetics. They also arise from measurements of human …read more

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Is there really evidence for e-learning in healthcare?

E-learning – that is, the use of Internet platforms on various electronic devices (PCs, mobile technology) to deliver any form of teaching, training or further education – is a growing area for researchers across disciplines. It is often used in the delivery of, or to supplement, courses or advanced training in settings where there is …read more

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