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  • 21Apr

    Tools and methodologies to assess integrated care

    The European Commission’s Expert Group on Health Systems Performance Assessment has published a report looking at effective ways of measuring healthcare integration. Drawing on insights from experts from 17 European countries, the report looks at the factors behind successful integrated care models, including stakeholder engagement, patient empowerment and the use of ICT. http://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/systems_performance_assessment/docs/2017_blocks_en_0.pdf  

  • 21Apr

    Co-producing technology: harnessing digital solutions for social care

    This report is based on a recent workshop, which explored how people who use services contribute to technological design and are changing the delivery of social care. It outlines how health and social care providers must collaborate with users of services when designing apps, websites and other digital technologies. https://www.vodg.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017-VODG-Co-producing-technology.pdf    

  • 21Apr

    Understanding patient data

    The Wellcome Trust’s ‘understanding patient data’ taskforce has launched a new website. Its aim is to support conversations between the public, patients, and healthcare professionals about how health and care data is used, by providing information and evidence about the use of patient data. https://understandingpatientdata.org.uk/  

  • 19Apr

    A qualitative content analysis of consumer perspectives on apps for bipolar disorder

    A study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, explores how the delivery of mobile health (mHealth) services is acceptable to mental health consumers. However, despite the benefits of accessibility, cost-effectiveness, anonymity, and ability to tailor content to individual needs, consumer engagement remains a hurdle for uptake and continued use. This may be unsurprising…

  • 19Apr

    Social prescribing: less rhetoric and more reality. A systematic review of the evidence

    This article, in BMJ Open, explores social prescribing as a way of linking patients in primary care with sources of support within the community to help improve their health and well-being. Social prescribing programmes are being widely promoted and adopted in the UK National Health Service and so we conducted a systematic review to assess…

  • 19Apr

    The relevance of context in understanding health literacy skills: Findings from a qualitative study

    This study, published by Wiley Online Library, looks at conceptualising health literacy as a relational concept, which involves how individuals interact with complex health and social systems, requires a greater understanding of the context of people’s health experiences. The findings from this study aim to describe individuals’ experiences of accessing, understanding, appraising and applying health…

  • 19Apr

    AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit: 2nd edition

    The AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, 2nd edition, can help primary care practices reduce the complexity of health care, increase patient understanding of health information, and enhance support for patients of all health literacy levels. https://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/quality-resources/tools/literacy-toolkit/index.html    

  • 19Apr

    New evaluation tool: Are you personalising care and support planning?

    Getting care and support planning right is essential for people to gain more choice and control over their life and the support they are receiving. This self-assessment tool will help you to evaluate how well you are delivering personalised care and support planning at the moment, highlighting any areas of strength and areas where you…

  • 19Apr

    The Future of People Powered Health 2017

    Nesta Health Lab will be holding ‘The Future of People Powered Health’ in central London on 9 May. Held in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, the event will explore the idea of the ‘end of patients’, by showcasing inspiring examples of how people are managing health and wellbeing themselves and asking how great…

  • 19Apr

    If you want to truly put patients at the centre, appoint a Patient Director

    David Gilbert, Patient Director at Sussex MSK Partnership, has written an open letter to healthcare organisations about employing patient directors to “ensure that there is a culture and systems that embed ‘patient partnerships’ in everyday business”. https://futurepatientblog.com/2017/03/23/whats-stopping-you-appointing-a-patient-director-an-open-letter-to-all-healthcare-organisations/    

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