Monthly Archives: November 2013

The King’s Fund: Polypharmacy and Medicines Optimisation

Policy, medical training and clinical practice have failed to adapt to a significant increase in the number of patients taking multiple prescription drugs, according to a new report published by The King’s Fund. CCHSR’s Rupert Payne co-authored the report, and discusses its implications.

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Why is the NHS paying twice for health checks?

Why is the NHS paying for health checks? Or more to the point, why should the NHS pay twice for them? GPs aren’t very convinced by health checks. They never have been, and to say the least the evidence for their benefit is contested. A BMJ editorial last year concluded “the current study shows that …read more

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Are ACE inhibitors not as ace as we thought?

ACE inhibitors and “sartans” are the NHS’s second most commonly prescribed drugs, used to treat a range of cardiovascular problems. Work by members of CCHSR published in the journal PLOS One shows that their increasing use appears to be strongly associated with acute kidney injury.

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RAND Professorship of Health Services Research

The Professorship of Health Services Research at the University of Cambridge, a position held by our own Professor Martin Roland, has been retitled to the RAND Professorship of Health Services Research. This is in recognition of the successful collaboration between the University of Cambridge and RAND Europe, in developing CCHSR as a centre of excellence and innovation in health services research.

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Interliteracy: The promise (and pitfalls) of multidisciplinary research

In her recent inaugural lecture as Professor of Sociology at Cambridge, Sarah Franklin referred to the idea of ‘interliteracy’, which she defines as ‘disciplined reading across disciplines.’ Franklin’s inclusion of ‘disciplined’ is important because it highlights the importance of rigour, strategy, and design when working across disciplines. What she has in mind when she speaks …read more

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