Monthly Archives: June 2013

Recruiting patients to research? Our top tips on working that waiting room…

Recruiting patients can be difficult at the best of times, but how about when you only have a few minutes to explain the study, in a GP’s surgery waiting room, and you are asking for the person’s consultation with the doctor to be video recorded? Well, in short, it’s tricky. So, we thought we would …read more

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Gender inequalities in the diagnosis of bladder and kidney cancer – the story behind the paper

Together with colleagues at the Universities of Durham and Bangor and the PHE’s National Cancer Intelligence Network, we published a paper in BMJ Open. Here is the story behind the paper.

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Why we need more patient involvement in the commissioning of health services

According to the declaration of Alma Ata, “people have the right and duty to participate individually and collectively in the planning and implementation of their health care.” Charlotte Paddison reflects on how well we involve patients in commissioning of health services, and why we might want to try harder. There are at least three important …read more

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‘Cancer Outcomes’ Conference 2013

Read a more detailed BMJ Blog on the same conference here . For several of us who do research on the quality of cancer services, the NCIN Cancer Outcomes annual conference is one of the high points of the year. Keeping up with tradition, there is a large CCHSR ‘footprint’ on this year’s conference which …read more

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What matters most to patients in primary care?

New CCHSR paper shows good communication is the most important driver of patient satisfaction in primary care

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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 …read more

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Reviewing a paper? Here’s what I do!

Following on from the storming success of my random thoughts on revising a paper, I thought I would treat everyone to a Part II: what do I do when reviewing a paper? To set the scene, try reading this classic paper by Peters and Ceci, in which they took recently published papers, added fictitious author …read more

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The wrong sort of integration?

Integrated care doesn’t seem to be very good at reducing emergency admissions. The Evercare evaluation published in 2007 showed no significant reduction in admissions and our more recent evaluation of the English Integrated Care Pilots showed a significant increase in admissions among pilots focusing on intensive care management of frail elderly . Now the Nuffield …read more

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So what do I read on the internet?

I have two small children and don’t get out much in the evening. Obviously Mumsnet for debates about the use of social media to evaluate patient experience and debates about the use of randomised controlled trials for evaluating policy changes kicked off by Ben Goldacre (I think that the randomised roll out of policy is …read more

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