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  • 26Oct

    Leveraging Social Media and Digital Event: Presentations Available

    Leveraging Social Media & Digital Event from the Information Standard, and supported by PiF took place on Wednesday this week. It was well received with over 100 attendees and plenty of tweets #24octsm The Information Standard will be uploading the presentations from the day as they get them, and they will be available on the…

  • 26Oct

    Academic websites offer the most reliable paediatric orthopedic information online (US)

    Most parents frequently rely on the Internet for paediatric health information, and yet the content and quality of information can vary greatly from website to website. According to new research in the US websites provided by academic institutions offer the most reliable pediatric health information, and commercial-sponsored websites, the least. In general, disease summary and diagnosis information is more likely to be correct on the Internet than information about the cause and prognosis for a disease. In addition, there was a lot of overlap of information among different websites, such as text, photos and diagrams that appeared to be directly copied from one website to another. This could be very misleading for patients if the information is incorrect, as was often the case.

  • 26Oct

    New Macmillan publication: Your life and your choices: plan ahead

    Macmillan has created a new resource: Your life and your choices: plan ahead, which explains how people affected by cancer can plan ahead for their future care.The booklet covers a variety of topics, including creating a Lasting Power of Attorney, writing Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment, making a will, organ and tissue donation and funeral planning.

  • 26Oct

    ‘Find Me Good Care’ web site launches to demystify care system

    This week the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) launched the Find Me Good Care web site to help people find the right care and support to suit their needs and lifestyle, whether at a time of crisis, as they plan for the future or as they change care services. Find Me Good Care is a comprehensive source of adult social care information and advice, combined with a searchable, comparable directory of care and support services. It offers care and support providers the opportunity to promote their services – including those that do not have to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – through a well-regarded and promoted online service.

  • 26Oct

    Ask Your Pharmacist Week 2012 focuses on engaging men

    This year, Ask Your Pharmacist (AYP) Week will take place from 5-12th November. The focus will be on engaging men to take a more active interest in their medicines and will draw attention to the pharmacy-based services available to them. Pharmacists will be encouraged to display AYP posters and hand out leaflets in pharmacy, spread the word in the media and using social media, take part in the clinical audit of the week and give a community talk. The Ask Your Pharmacist week web page also features six short videos about engaging effectively with men.

  • 26Oct

    New voluntary system for food labeling given green light

    Consumers will be able to make healthier choices about the food they eat with the introduction of a new, consistent system of front of pack labelling. The announcement of the proposed system – a combination of guideline daily amounts (GDA), colour coding and high/medium/low text – comes after a three-month consultation with retailers, manufacturers and other interested parties on what a consistent, clear front of pack label should look like. The UK Governments will be working with industry and other partners to agree the detail of the system and make sure they use consistent visuals to show how much fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar, and how many calories are in food products. The new label is expected to be in use by summer 2013.

  • 26Oct

    Conference: Person-centred integrated care Making it a reality for patients and families

    A fully integrated system of care is essential to meet the needs of an ageing population, to transform the way that care is provided for people with long-term conditions and to enable people with complex conditions to live healthy, fulfilling, independent lives. Building on previous integrated care conferences – where the importance of aligning incentives and working in partnership across organisations and professions has been highlighted – this one day Kings Fund conference will identify what good care looks like for people and their families, and what challenges and opportunities currently exist to making person-centred, integrated care a reality.

  • 23Oct

    Research: Building an online community to promote communication and collaborative learning between health professionals and young people who self-harm

    Online communities are known to break down barriers between supposed experts and non-experts and to promote collaborative learning and ‘radical trust’ among members. Young people who self-harm report difficulties in communicating with health professionals, and vice versa. The researchers sought to bring these two groups together online to see how well they could communicate with each other about self-harm and its management, and whether they could agree on what constituted safe and relevant advice. Young people were keen to share their lived experience with health professionals. Despite registering to take part, health professionals did not actively participate in the forums. In their absence, the young people built a vibrant lay community, supported by site moderators.

  • 19Oct

    15 Steps Challenge: Putting patients’ perspectives at the heart of community care

    The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement (NHSI) has launched a new toolkit to help community healthcare professionals understand how the first impressions they make and the quality of care they provide is seen through a patient’s eyes. The toolkit is free to NHS organisations. The toolkit was created when a mother commented on her family’s experience of hospital care. She could tell what kind of care her daughter was going to receive within just 15 steps of walking on to a ward. Research involving both patients and staff, shows that this comment is also often true for the care that is delivered in patients’ own homes. The research underlined that first impressions count irrespective of where you or your loved on is receiving care.

  • 19Oct

    Article: Online health checks may obscure effective advice

    Online tests purporting to help people assess themselves for everything from dehydration to cancer are proliferating, but are they a distraction from what we know works in health education, and do we have evidence that they are useful, asks Margaret McCartney in an article in this week’s BMJ. The article explores some of the growing number of online checkers, or symptom assessment tools, such as depression questionnaires, asthma checks and cancer screening checks. The author asks whether this kind of test is appropriate, and whether the people using them are well enough informed with the best evidence.

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