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  • 21May

    Investing in quality: the contribution of large charities to shaping future health and care

    The King’s Fund has published ‘Investing in quality: the contribution of large charities to shaping future health and care’. The report was commissioned by the National Garden Scheme (NGS) which distributes funding to health and care charities. By examining the work of six charities funded by NGS, the authors highlight the important and strategic role…

  • 21May

    Creating a toolkit for evaluating digital health products

    In this blog, Charlotte Fontaine, describes how Public Health England is developing a toolkit to ensure that digital health products are properly evaluated right from the start of their development. Public Health England uses their own experience of developing and evaluating the Couch to 5K app as a case study. https://digitalhealth.blog.gov.uk/2019/04/17/how-were-creating-a-toolkit-for-evaluating-digital-health-products/  

  • 21May

    Adult health screening

    A parliamentary report argues that national health bodies are not doing enough to make sure that everyone who is eligible to take part in screening is doing so. It also says they do not know if everyone who should be invited for screening has been. None of four national health screening programmes considered in the…

  • 13May

    What’s been happening to the health service since the 1940s?

    This interactive timeline, from the Nuffield Trust, brings 70 years of reform and change in the National Health Service to life, charting the evolution of this public institution from its inception in the post-war years through to the present day. Scroll down to view the entries chronologically, or use the menu on the left-hand side…

  • 29Apr

    “What would you recommend doctor?”- Discourse analysis of a moment of dissonance when sharing decisions in clinical consultations

    This study published in Health Expectations, by Wiley Online Library, highlights a common patient‐reported barrier is feeling that “doctor knows best”; thus, patients often defer decisions to the clinician. The objective of this study was to examine the nature of the discourse when patients ask clinicians for a treatment recommendation during consultations when treatment decisions…

  • 29Apr

    NIHR research into financial incentives for patients.

    The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has published a new Highlight into financial incentives for patients. This Highlight explores evidence on the effectiveness of financial incentives and considers how incentives can be helpful in healthcare, for whom, and in what circumstances. The Highlight includes sections on: What are financial incentives? Do financial incentives work?…

  • 12Apr

    Here’s what happens every 60 seconds online

    The annual Digital report by HootSuite and We Are Social reveals that in 2019 the average internet user spends an average of 6 hours and 42 minutes online each day.  So what are the world’s 4.4 billion internet users actually doing online for those 6½ hours each day? This article highlights what happens every 60 seconds online. https://hcsmmonitor.com/2019/03/16/heres-what-happens-every-60-seconds-online/  …

  • 11Apr

    NHS App pilot research findings

    In late 2017, it was decided that the NHS would develop an app that all patients in England could use to carry out a series of important tasks, such as booking GP appointments and ordering repeat prescriptions. Since then a team of staff from NHS Digital and NHS England has been working to develop, build…

  • 8Apr

    NICE at 20

    This blog by Nicholas Timmins, for the King’s Fund, looks at how NICE has evolved over its 20 year lifetime. https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/blog/2019/03/nice-at-20    

  • 8Apr

    Outcomes for mental health services: what really matters?

    Through a series of over 100 conversations with people actively involved in mental health services in England, including current and former service users, this report highlights how frameworks for measuring outcomes are often too narrowly focused on clinical outcomes. While recovery-based frameworks are trying to widen this, neither approach fully captures what really matters to…

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