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  • 28Sep

    A Day to Remember campaign on dementia launches this week

    A new campaign which aims to increase early diagnosis rates for dementia across England by tackling the public’s fears of talking about the condition, has been launched by the Department of Health with support from the Alzheimer’s Society. The A Day to Remember campaign is part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia. It will encourage people to have that first ‘difficult conversation’ with a friend or family member when they spot the signs and symptoms of dementia, and encourage them to visit their GP.

  • 28Sep

    PiF Briefing event: The Information Strategy and consumer health information: Implications for the NHS

    PiF is joining with The NHS Confederation to run a briefing event about the implications of the recent Department of Health Information Strategy for NHS organistions. The event focuses on information for patients and the public, including the new NHS health and social care portal, information services within Trusts, providing quality information about conditions, treatments and services and electronic health records. The event will allow you to hear about the strategy directly from the Department of Health, ask questions, discuss the implications for patients and the public and understand what the Strategy might mean for your organisation.

  • 28Sep

    Self Care Week 12-18 November, 2012 – Get involved!

    Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities, families and generations. This year’s theme is “Self Care for Life – growing older healthily”. Local organisations are encouraged to use the range of national resources freely available from the DH and Self Care Forum websites and adapt them to fit what they are doing locally to promote support for self care.
    There are many ways you can support Self Care Week – to get involved go to the web site and download the communications information sheet and see examples of previous years initiatives.

  • 28Sep

    Decision Aids linked to lower hip and knee surgery rates and costs

    Researchers in the US conducted an observational study to examine the associations between introducing decision aids for hip and knee osteoarthritis and rates of joint replacement surgery and costs in a large health system in Washington State. The introduction of decision aids was associated with 26 percent fewer hip replacement surgeries, 38 percent fewer knee replacements, and 12–21 percent lower costs over six months. These findings support the concept that patient decision aids for some health conditions, for which treatment decisions are highly sensitive to both patients’ and physicians’ preferences, may reduce rates of elective surgery and lower costs.

  • 28Sep

    Southampton General Hospital launches personal health record for patients

    University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has become the first acute trust to launch a personal health record built on Microsoft’s HealthVault platform. The hospital has ambitious plans for My Health Record including enabling patients to update their own demographic information and, eventually, book and manage their own appointments. My Health Record could also make it easier to obtain informed consent for procedures and support recruitment into research trials, be used for simple follow-ups to reduce demand for outpatient appointments, and support telehealth initiatives.

  • 28Sep

    RSPH one day course on Men’s Health

    Men’s health is unnecessarily poor. Too many men still die prematurely with just 66% reaching the age of 75. Men are more likely than women to die from heart disease, cancer and suicide, to be overweight, to smoke and to drink alcohol excessively, yet men are less likely to use a wide range of health services effectively or to take part in health improvement programmes. In response, a special workshop on men’s health has been developed by the Royal Society for Public Health. It takes place in London on 14 November 2012.

  • 28Sep

    Community mental health survey shows information provision around medications still needs to improve

    In the latest survey of community mental health services, published by the Care Qulalty Commission, more than 15,000 people shared their experiences of outpatient clinics, crisis home treatment, day-to-day living and more. The results show that people are treated with dignity and respect and are involved in decisions about their care. However, some people would have liked extra support with aspects of daily life like finding work and accommodation and getting advice on finances. The results around medication showed no statistically significant changes from the 2011 survey suggesting that there remains scope for improving information provision around medications.

  • 21Sep

    Hospital websites lack information on consultants for patients to make informed choice

    Hospital consultants do not provide enough online information on their performance for patients to make informed choices about their treatment, according to a study by Northumbria University. The study evaluated websites of 200 consultant orthopaedic surgeons across the north of England. The study found that half of the websites failed to provide information about patient satisfaction, while less than 3% presented mortality rates and none gave an indication of morbidity rates — the incidence of complications related to orthopaedic procedures. Researchers found that although the majority of the websites were accessible, there were questions around who had written the information and how frequently the information had been updated.

  • 21Sep

    Vacancy: Copy Edit Support Manager, The Cochrane Library

    The Cochrane Library is looking for a Copy Edit Support Manager to be responsible for the organization and overall management of an established team of international copy-editors, providing a timely and accurate high-quality copy-edit service for The Cochrane Collaboration. This includes maintaining communication among the team members, and between the team and other stakeholders; working to the publication schedule; and representing the Copy Edit Support team at relevant meetings. The role is freelance and part time. Closing date is 5 October 2012.

  • 21Sep

    New online decision aids launched

    The national Shared Decision Making Programme has launched five online patient decision aids. Designed and developed by Totally Health, the aids aim to help people think about healthcare decisions using information that has been compiled by the BMJ Group to choose the treatment that best suits their needs. The decision aids cover abdominal aortic aneurysm (aaa) repair, cataracts, established kidney failure, kidney dialysis and kidney transplant.

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