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  • 4Jan

    Shared decision making: challenges to measuring and achieving

    This issue of Health Expectations Journal has a focus on shared decision making (SDM). The editorial highlights a number of challenges related to shared decision making, including: Measuring and operationalizing the concept of “shared decision-making” Identifying tools to help support SDM How to best integrate SDM into the clinical encounter The articles in this issue…

  • 4Jan

    Inequality and emergency hospital use for children and young people

    The Nuffield Trust have published  a briefing looking at the relationship between deprivation and the use of emergency hospital care by children and young people in England (between 2005/6 and 2015/16). ‘Admissions of inequality: emergency hospital use for children and young people’ aims to describe and highlight areas of inequality and to explore how they…

  • 4Jan

    Patient understanding of commonly used oral medicine terminology

    A study in the British Dental Journal (BDJ) has investigated the understanding of terminology commonly used in oral and maxillofacial surgery and oral medicine clinics. Communication within the doctor-patient relationship is complex due to a variety of reasons; a patient’s understanding may not correspond with the clinician’s vocabulary, resulting in misunderstanding, anxiety and ill-informed decision…

  • 4Jan

    3 before GP campaign

    Patients are being asked to adopt a new three-step ‘mantra’ to help relieve pressures on GP services this winter. The Royal College of GPs’ ‘3 before GP’ refers to three questions patients should ask themselves before booking an appointment with their GP: Can I? Self-care Use NHS Choices or similar reputable websites/resources Seek advice/treatment via a…

  • 4Jan

    Using the Patient Activation Measure in the NHS

    Patient activation describes the knowledge, skills and confidence a person has in managing their own health and care, and the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) tool is now available through NHS England to over 60 health care organisations across England. The Health Foundation have published a sub-titled version on their webinar Understanding and using the Patient…

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