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  • 10Aug

    Safe Infant Sleep Recommendations on the Internet: Let’s Google It

    The objective of this research from the US was to determine the accuracy of information on infant sleep safety on the Internet using Google. Researchers looked for advice using 13 key phrases. Web sites were categorized by type and assessed for accuracy of information provided, based on AAP recommendations. The accuracy of information was classified as “accurate,” “inaccurate,” or “not relevant.” Overall, 43.5% of the 1300 Web sites provided accurate information, 28.1% provided inaccurate information. Government Web sites had the highest rate of accuracy; blogs, the lowest.

  • 10Aug

    Seminar: Improving Patient Experience and Outcomes, Understanding the needs of Muslim Patients

    The UK’s population is changing rapidly and the Muslim population in Britain has grown to 2.4 million. Research identifies that a large number of Muslim sections of communities suffer from inferior health. Their specific needs are not systematically reflected and appropriately understood in Health & Social Care commissioning, service planning and provisions in clinical and non clinical settings. A series of one day seminars in October looks at Muslim health and aims to help delegates have a better understanding of the background of Muslims in UK, basic Islamic Beliefs and their profound influence on perceptions of health, illness and death.

  • 10Aug

    Don’t panic, says new App

    Panic Aid is an innovative iPhone App designed by Dr Joost Drost, Consultant Clinical Psychologist from the North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, to provide support for those suffering from panic attacks, anxiety or stress. The App can be used to support other treatments, but can also be used as a stand alone, self-help tool. Offering an initial relaxation exercise, the Panic Aid then explains how anxiety and stress affect your body and your thoughts. Through various breathing & relaxation exercises it will help you deal with anxiety symptoms & panic attacks as they happen.

  • 9Aug

    Event: Health Literacy and Healthy Eating

    The Health Literacy Group UK invites you to join them for this one-day seminar with a focus on the contribution of Health Literacy to a healthier life style. Health literacy is defined as ‘the cognitive and social skills which determine the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access to, understand, and use information in ways which promote and maintain good health’. At the seminar they will report on two ongoing research projects: Literacy, Numeracy and Obesity and New Vital Sign: Health Literacy and alcohol.

  • 9Aug

    Health website ordered to remove information

    The BBC reported this week on a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority that a claim made on the Babyjabs website was misleading and must not appear again. The website offers parents advice on vaccines has been ordered to remove information about the MMR jab after claiming it could be linked to autism. The web site said the three-in-one jab may be causing “up to 10%” of autism in children in the UK. The website was also told not to repeat other claims it made about MMR.

  • 9Aug

    NHS Wales launches Choose Well App

    NHS Wales have launched a Choose Well app for iphones which provides information that patients require to choose the most appropriate healthcare service to meet their needs. The Choose Well campaign’s aim is to better educate patients about the various health services available to them, encourage them to self care where appropriate and reduce inappropriate pressure on emergency and primary care services.

  • 9Aug

    Review of national arrangements for providing information and advice to carers

    The Department of Health has published a review of the service arrangements for providing information and advice to carers. Carers Direct provides an on line information point for carers, as part of NHS Choices, and a telephone advice line through which they can gain access to individual advice. The review found that the service met the initial objectives set for the improvement of advice and information available to carers. It also suggests a way forward towards ensuring a coherent, cost effective approach to services that is aligned with developing policy and delivers a quality service to carers.

  • 3Aug

    The implications of the Information Strategy – briefing notes for the voluntary sector

    A briefing and discussion event run jointly by PiF and National Voices was held last month to discuss the implications of the Information Strategy for the voluntary sector. The guest speaker was Giles Wilmore, Director, Quality Framework & QIPP Programme at the Department of Health, who led the development of the Information Strategy. A briefing paper was produced as a reult of the event. It contains summaries of the presentations, question and answer sessions and a list of key points raised.

  • 3Aug

    New Healthwatch website launches

    Healthwatch England launched it’s website this week. It will be part of a new Healthwatch network from April 2013, giving people who use health and social care services a powerful voice locally and nationally. Healthwatch England will gather and analyse information from local services, and take its findings to the national bodies which plan and run care services. It will tell them people’s concerns, pass on and analyse information, and offer advice. Local Healthwatch organisations will have the power to enter and view services, influence how services are set up and commissioned and provide information, advice and support about local services.

  • 3Aug

    Article: Should patients be able to control their own records?

    A feature article in this weeks BMJ discusses electronic health records and argues that though giving patients control of their medical records may sound scary to many doctors, it could reduce workload and improve outcomes. The article looks at examples of patient controlled records from across the globe and discusses the benefits and concerns. If you want to know more about patient controlled health records, read the new PiF Guide.

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