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Continuity of care
Continuity of care
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Books: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Books: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rebecca Skloot Pan Macmillan, 2011, PB, 448pp, £9.99, 978-0330533447How have I never heard of Henrietta Lacks before? This...
All talk and no continuity action
All talk and no continuity action
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Women’s health matters
Women’s health matters
There has never been a better time for women’s health in the UK. The ‘strategies’,1 ‘plans’,2 and ambitions of the devolve...
GDP
GDP
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UK newspapers 'on the warpath’: media analysis of general practice remote consulting in 2021
UK newspapers 'on the warpath’: media analysis of general practice remote consulting in 2021
Background Following a large-scale, pandemic-driven shift to remote consulting in UK general practice in 2020, 2021 saw a ...
Implications of the changes to patient online records access in English primary care
Implications of the changes to patient online records access in English primary care
BACKGROUNDThis year, NHS England (NHSE) announced that from November, most patients in England registered for online servi...
Levelling up medical education: getting comfortable with being uncomfortable
Levelling up medical education: getting comfortable with being uncomfortable
The term differential attainment has become part of the vernacular for medical educators. It describes the unexplained var...
The Medical Licensing Assessment and the therapeutic illusion
The Medical Licensing Assessment and the therapeutic illusion
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The serotonin theory of depression and why we use antidepressants
The serotonin theory of depression and why we use antidepressants
Nada Khan asks what GPs should tell patients when they ask how antidepressants ‘work’.1Surely prescribers need to talk hon...
Lessons learned from advocacy to promote Registered Reports
Lessons learned from advocacy to promote Registered Reports
Registered Reports (RRs) are a publication format whereby initial peer review is undertaken based on proposed methods, pri...
Pathways to being an academic GP in Ireland
Pathways to being an academic GP in Ireland
Careers in academic general practice are challenging, with the need to balance an array of responsibilities, including cli...
Data quality is an illusion
Data quality is an illusion
I read with interest the article by de Lusignan et al,1 but I am more pessimistic about data and data quality allowing liv...
Books: Reading to Stay Alive. Tolstoy, Hopkins and The Dilemma of Existence
Books: Reading to Stay Alive. Tolstoy, Hopkins and The Dilemma of Existence
Christopher Dowrick Anthem Press, 2022, HB, 140pp, £80.00, 978-1785278914I have always wondered how we as doctors can sit ...
The MRCGP Recorded Consultation Assessment: a perspective from three inner-city trainees
The MRCGP Recorded Consultation Assessment: a perspective from three inner-city trainees
Scanning each day’s appointment list, we think: ‘How many will be suitable for the Recorded Consultation Assessment (RCA)?...
Headache in pregnancy: a brief practical guide
Headache in pregnancy: a brief practical guide
Headaches are a common neurological presentation during pregnancy. Though the majority of headaches pregnant women experie...
Pulp fiction, resilience, or something else?
Pulp fiction, resilience, or something else?
I don’t know what it was in the end, but something in me just snapped.I needed a fix, although I wasn’t really sure what w...
Challenges and opportunities for cervical screening in women over the age of 50 years: a qualitative study
Challenges and opportunities for cervical screening in women over the age of 50 years: a qualitative study
Background Cervical cancer is a preventable disease. Cases in women age >50 years are predicted to rise by 60% in the n...
Medical treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding in primary care: 10-year data from the ECLIPSE trial
Medical treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding in primary care: 10-year data from the ECLIPSE trial
Background Heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) is a common problem that can significantly affect women’s lives. There is a lack...
Patient safety, self-injection, and B12 deficiency: a UK cross-sectional survey
Patient safety, self-injection, and B12 deficiency: a UK cross-sectional survey
Background Individuals with vitamin B12 deficiency (including pernicious anaemia) often report being ‘let down’ or stigmat...
GPs as 'eco-warriors’: how we can help make a real difference
GPs as 'eco-warriors’: how we can help make a real difference
AN EVOLVING PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT AND A SHARED RESPONSIBILITYClimate change is an existential threat to humanity but also a...
Holistic management of symptomatic reflux: rising to the challenge of proton pump inhibitor overuse
Holistic management of symptomatic reflux: rising to the challenge of proton pump inhibitor overuse
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medications that suppress the production of stomach acid.1 Introduced to clinical practi...
Education as a cure for nostalgia
Education as a cure for nostalgia
Swiss physician Johannes Hofer coined the term ‘nostalgia’ in his 1688 medical dissertation from the Greek ‘nostos’, or ho...
Books: Side Effects. How Our Healthcare Lost Its Way And How We Fix It
Books: Side Effects. How Our Healthcare Lost Its Way And How We Fix It
David Haslam Atlantic Books, 2022, HB, 304pp, £20.00, 978-1786495365David Haslam is uniquely placed to reflect on the impo...
parkrun unintended benefits
parkrun unintended benefits
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Found poetry: a creative approach to illuminate the findings of qualitative research
Found poetry: a creative approach to illuminate the findings of qualitative research
Found poetry is created by taking words and phrases from other sources and reframing them — the literary equivalent of a c...
Breaking the cycle of inequalities for people with a learning disability
Breaking the cycle of inequalities for people with a learning disability
A woman with a learning disability is likely to die from similar causes to the general population, but on average 20 years...
Data saves lives: bottom-up, professionally-led endorsement would increase the chance of success
Data saves lives: bottom-up, professionally-led endorsement would increase the chance of success
NEW INITIATIVES IN THE ENGLISH NHS TO INVEST MORE IN HEALTH DATAWe welcome the publication of the Goldacre Report, ‘Better...
GDP, CPI, RPI, and GPs: why economic indicators matter for GPs
GDP, CPI, RPI, and GPs: why economic indicators matter for GPs
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP)In July 2022, the BBC reported newly released May 2022 figures showing an unexpected rise in G...
Short-acting betaagonists and asthma
Short-acting betaagonists and asthma
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