Tag Archives: Conferences and meetings

European Conference on Health Economics – Dublin, July 2014

Last week saw the European Conference on Health Economics (ECHE) hosted by Trinity College Dublin.  CCHSR’s Ed Wilson was there. International conferences are always a great opportunity to find out what your colleagues are up to in different corners of the world.  ECHE was no exception.  The venue was Trinity College Dublin, home to the beautifully …read more

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Conference report – SAPC 2014

For those who were unable to make it to Edinburgh for the 43rd annual conference of the Society of Academic Primary Care (9th – 11th July), here is my round-up of highs, lows, and (most importantly) the best and worst céilidh dancers at the conference dinner… As ever with national conferences, SAPC 2014 offered a …read more

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Conference report: Madingley SAPC 2014

“Madingley“, as the shorthand goes, is just such a nice conference. Officially the “Society for Academic Primary Care London and South East Regional Conference”, held at Madingley Hall just outside Cambridge, it brings together primary care types predominantly from London and East Anglia universities for a bit of R&R and a smattering of work. This …read more

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Work – a health problem

Carol Black, the government’s adviser on work and health, gave the annual CCHSR lecture in Cambridge on 4th December. She was uncompromising that work is important for human health and quoted Galen (AD 129-200) who wrote “Employment is nature’s physician and is essential to human happiness”. Work promotes recovery and rehabilitation from illness, reduces the …read more

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Health Services Research, down under

Warm greetings from Wellington, New Zealand! Last week I had the pleasure of attending the 8th biannual Australian and New Zealand Health Services Research conference. I thought I’d share a few of my favourite highlights: (1) Indigenous and first nations health services research The conference kicked off with a pōwhiri from local hosts (Te Āti …read more

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The art of making PowerPoint look good

As my colleagues are well aware, I am a pedant. I find this a particularly useful characteristic when it comes to writing research papers. Tables and figures need to be accurate and clear. Layout of the text must be consistent. I am a stickler for grammar (even blogs, to a degree; yes, I am a …read more

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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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Primary care, cost-effectiveness, and playing at being bad cop

At the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare which had 3500 delegates last week in London, Martin Marshall (Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL’s DAHR) and myself debated whether primary care really saves money and improves health outcomes. Marshall played ‘good cop’ and trotted out the well-known Starfield data which shows that countries …read more

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Improving cancer care

I offered three challenges to the audience at an international conference of primary care cancer researchers in Cambridge (Ca-PRI, April 15th-16th): First, does primary care for people with cancer need to be improved, second does quality need to be measured in order to improve it, and third, how can the quality of primary care for …read more

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