Monthly Archives: April 2014

The pernicious problem of widening health inequalities

The Black Report, published in 1980, was the catalyst for a change in our collective consciousness: it marks a moment in time where our acknowledgement of social inequalities in health, and the policy focus on reducing health inequalities, really took shape.  The question is, how far how have we come? I recently had the pleasure …read more

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£50 million in the wrong direction?

So £50m is going to be spent on extending GP opening hours. Inevitably this means that patients will find it harder to see their own doctor (even if they know who he or she is). This flies in the face of what we increasingly know to be important about continuity of care. NHS England recently …read more

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Making patient experience surveys useful: Improving care by asking about what went wrong, as well as what went right

How can we make patient experience surveys more useful for improving care? Should we ask about what went wrong (as well as what went right), in order to learn where improvements are most needed? Driving improvements in care: Making patient surveys useful Patient surveys are an important part of the quest to measure, manage, and …read more

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What do patient experience, genome-wide association studies and randomised controlled trials have in common? A blog about p-values

As far as I understand, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have been a very successful approach to looking at huge numbers of possible associations of genes with different medical problems. The approach is broadly “hypothesis free” without specific prior reasons to think that any single genetic change out of the millions considered might be associated. This …read more

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