Patient experience of information and communication to support intravenous antibiotics in the community
Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) allows patients to be given intravenous antibiotics while living in the community, rather than as a hospital inpatient. Although standard practice in many countries, uptake of OPAT in the UK has been slower, and hampered by a range of clinical, financial and logistical issues. A study in BMJ Open has explored…
CQC (the Care Quality Commission) has published the findings of their 2016 patient experience survey of people who have received community mental health services. It found that overall the majority of respondents reported a positive experience of care, but that areas for improvement include patient involvement in their care decisions, provision of crisis care, named…
Satisfaction with information and involvement decreasing: results from 2015 community mental health survey
Results from the NHS England 2015 Patient Experience Community Mental Health Survey have been published, sharing the experiences of patients aged 18 years or older who received specialist care or treatment for a mental health condition between September and November 2014. Responses were received from over 13,000 patients with a national response rate of 29%.…
Despite being frequent consumers of health-care services, older people often possess lower levels of health literacy when compared with other groups in society. Health Expectations Journal have published a study exploring strategies used by older people to obtain information about health and social care services in the community. The researchers conducted focus groups with a…
At the start of July the International Longevity Centre published the report of the Independent Commission on Hearing Loss report. The report presents new data to show the predicted growth in the number of people with hearing loss, which is set to account for almost 20% of the total population by 2031. The terms of…
The 2014/15 version of the NHS Choice Framework aims to bring together information on patients’ rights to choice about their health care, where to get more information to help make a choice, and how they can complain if they have not been offered choice. To support patients’ to make choices, it directs people to a range…
Community mental health survey shows information provision around medications still needs to improve
In the latest survey of community mental health services, published by the Care Qulalty Commission, more than 15,000 people shared their experiences of outpatient clinics, crisis home treatment, day-to-day living and more. The results show that people are treated with dignity and respect and are involved in decisions about their care. However, some people would have liked extra support with aspects of daily life like finding work and accommodation and getting advice on finances. The results around medication showed no statistically significant changes from the 2011 survey suggesting that there remains scope for improving information provision around medications.
More patients are choosing to dialyse at home. It is known to have significant clinical and psychological benefits for patients and is more cost effective for the NHS. In the majority of units it has often only been an option for patients who live with a carer. However, this is changing as an increasing number of renal units support solo dialysis for patients who live alone. This information sheet from NHS Kidney Care is aimed at patients and includes a case study from someone dialysing at home alone and the benefits of doing so which include having more time to spend with family and friends, on hobbies or work, having more energy and being in control of treatment and having a very positive sense of freedom.
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