Monthly Archives: July 2013

Being polite about care planning

Care planning in long-term conditions is a key policy initiative in the NHS. However, our evaluation of its implementation revealed a large gap between rhetoric and reality. Here, we look back at the story behind our paper on patient experiences of care planning.

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Changes over time in socio-economic inequalities in cancer survival. Can “Victora’s law” help us?

We are often pre-occupied with health care inequalities ‘here and now’. But how are such inequalities generated? And more importantly, what happens to them over time? The answer to these questions can help us to narrow inequalities faster. And in principle, it could even help us in preventing inequalities form occurring in the first place.

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27th EHPS Conference, Bordeaux, July 16th-20th 2013

It was hot, that I can say!  Having recently returned from the sweltering sunny haven of Bordeaux I thought I could share a few of the highlights from the 27th European Health Psychology Society conference.  With eight concurrent presentation streams, it was impossible to attend and enjoy all of the excellent academic morsels on offer.  …read more

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Society for Academic Primary Care conference 3-5 July 2013: well, what happened?

One of SAPC’s Dangerous Ideas Soapboxes, offered to us in the allotted three minutes by Jonathan Shapiro, was that we need “modern, multimedia, dynamic marketing” to better convey our research findings. Given that green light, we won’t blush by starting off this blog by saying that CCHSR opened this year’s SAPC conference with Martin Roland’s …read more

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Validity of electronic records on ethnicity – and more generally

Increasingly, health research relies on electronic health records and Big Data. On the other side of the argument methodologists like John Ioannidis are questioning the epistemological fitness of administrative data. A more tamed approach would be to acknowledge that electronic records are likely to contain errors, but such errors are unlikely to be systematic. In …read more

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