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Live and learn
Live and learn
One Sunday morning I could not get out of bed. I was not hungover. Over the next few hours, I sweated through the bedsheet...
A tale of two doctors: casualties of an inverse education law?
A tale of two doctors: casualties of an inverse education law?
Mabel is struggling. She doesn’t know the UK well and has just moved from the city to a tiny bedsit in a run-down county t...
Books: Follow the Money: How Much Does Britain Cost?
Books: Follow the Money: How Much Does Britain Cost?
Paul Johnson Abacus, 2024, PB, 320pp, £10.31, 978-0349144665The daily news and our own experiences seem to signal that the...
The noblest path to wise general practice
The noblest path to wise general practice
Read the articles in this month’s Life and Times and try reflecting on them. Go on. I dare you. How are you — and how is w...
Asthma deaths in children in the UK: the last straw!
Asthma deaths in children in the UK: the last straw!
The tragic death from asthma of a 10-year-old boy, William Gray, is a clear signal once again that doctors, nurses, and ot...
Assessment and treatment of reflux-like symptoms in the community
Assessment and treatment of reflux-like symptoms in the community
Many thanks for this article, which brings the importance of lifestyle medicine into focus.1 This is such an important top...
Primary care provision for young people with ADHD: a multi-perspective qualitative study
Primary care provision for young people with ADHD: a multi-perspective qualitative study
Background Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a highly prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder. UK guidance ...
Improving care for fathers with perinatal depression in the community
Improving care for fathers with perinatal depression in the community
The perinatal period (from conception to 1 year after birth) is one of biological, psychological, and social transition, r...
Primary care’s preparedness for extreme weather events
Primary care’s preparedness for extreme weather events
The climate crisis is no longer a distant threat:1 it has arrived, significantly impacting the health and wellbeing of ind...
Cum Scientia Caritas?
Cum Scientia Caritas?
All letters are subject to editing and may be shortened. General letters can be sent to bjgpdisc@rcgp.org.uk (please inclu...
'Is there a doctor on board?’ The development of a bespoke 'Good Samaritan’ course for GP trainees
'Is there a doctor on board?’ The development of a bespoke 'Good Samaritan’ course for GP trainees
‘Is there a doctor on board?’A sentence that puts trepidation in the hearts of many doctors, yet most of us would step up ...
Poems:Reflection On My Practice
Poems:Reflection On My Practice
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The 'burden’ of eye conditions
The 'burden’ of eye conditions
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Shift the paradigm to shift the weight: obesity care in the community
Shift the paradigm to shift the weight: obesity care in the community
IntroductionObesity is a chronic relapsing condition characterised by abnormal or excessive accumulation of adipose tissue...
Yonder: Repeat antibiotics, co-located drug services, autism diagnosis, and medical student lockdown motivation
Yonder: Repeat antibiotics, co-located drug services, autism diagnosis, and medical student lockdown motivation
Yonder: a diverse selection of primary care relevant research stories from beyond the mainstream biomedical literatureDuty...
Adverse respiratory outcomes among patients with resolved asthma: matched retrospective cohort study
Adverse respiratory outcomes among patients with resolved asthma: matched retrospective cohort study
Background Patients with asthma may have symptom remission leading to a primary care code of resolved asthma. Little is kn...
Supporting teenagers with period pain in general practice: clinical review
Supporting teenagers with period pain in general practice: clinical review
IntroductionPeriod pain (dysmenorrhoea) affects approximately 70–90% of teenagers who menstruate; one-third report marked ...
GPs’ perspectives on diagnostic tests for children: a qualitative interview study
GPs’ perspectives on diagnostic tests for children: a qualitative interview study
Background Most healthcare contacts for children in the UK occur in general practice. Diagnostic tests can be beneficial i...
An adventure in space and theme
An adventure in space and theme
This month (May 2024) a British icon embarks on an adventure in space and theme. ‘But that is “space and time” surely?’ I ...
Books: Thinking About Patients
Books: Thinking About Patients
David Misselbrook Routledge, 2024, HB, 218pp, £72, 978-1032644875Thinking About Patients is a classic text, first publishe...
The real work of general practice: understanding our hidden workload
The real work of general practice: understanding our hidden workload
GPs are consistently being asked to work even harder than we already are. We see endless news stories about falling GP app...
Can radical listening radicalise general practice?
Can radical listening radicalise general practice?
This January’s issue highlighted the current crisis the UK’s general practice system is facing and the urgent need for ref...
Operational failures in general practice: a consensus-building study on the priorities for improvement
Operational failures in general practice: a consensus-building study on the priorities for improvement
Background System problems, known as operational failures, can greatly affect the work of GPs, with negative consequences ...
The NHS Long Term Workforce Plan: what does this mean for general practices?
The NHS Long Term Workforce Plan: what does this mean for general practices?
IntroductionThe general practice workforce is currently in crisis. In 2021/2022, there was an estimated shortage of 4200 f...
Endometriosis: time to think differently (and together)
Endometriosis: time to think differently (and together)
Endometriosis affects approximately 10% of people assigned female at birth, an estimated 190 million women worldwide.1 At ...
GPs spend 14% of their session time documenting consultation notes and updating electronic health records
GPs spend 14% of their session time documenting consultation notes and updating electronic health records
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Depression follow-up monitoring with the PHQ-9: open cluster-randomised controlled trial
Depression follow-up monitoring with the PHQ-9: open cluster-randomised controlled trial
With great interest we read ‘Depression follow-up monitoring with the PHQ-9: open cluster-randomised controlled trial’ by ...
At the National Theatre: Nye
At the National Theatre: Nye
When she heard that my wife and I were going to watch Nye at the National Theatre, my mother-in-law, Joyce, thought it all...
Books: Belly Woman
Books: Belly Woman
Benjamin Black Neem Tree Press, 2022, PB, 300pp, £10.11, 978-1911107576Read this book.Read it even though you’re not an ob...