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  • 25Oct

    Shared Decision Making: essential but hard to measure

    Richard Lehman, Professor of the Shared Understanding of Medicine at the University of Birmingham, reflects on the latest Cochrane evidence on shared decision making and what might be needed to see it become a reality in all health care settings. Shared decision making is a good thing. Here is how the authors of an updated Cochrane Review…

  • 26Jul

    Patients’ roles and rights in research

    Excerpts from the editorial piece in the BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3193 Full partnership with patients is essential to any modern research enterprise Patient and public involvement in research is becoming a mainstream activity thanks to recognition by everyone in the research process from funders and regulators to conference organisers and publishers that it helps them do a better…

  • 26Jul

    Wellcome launches social media health info research probe

    Health improvement foundation wants to find out how influential – and how authentic – information and guidance is for parents on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp. Charitable foundation Wellcome has launched a research programme to investigate the spread of health information on social media, and the impact that fake health news might have on the decisions people…

  • 19Jul

    How Online Communities of People With Long-Term Conditions Function and Evolve

    How Online Communities of People With Long-Term Conditions Function and Evolve: Network Analysis of the Structure and Dynamics of the Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Online Communities Self-management support can improve health and reduce health care utilization by people with long-term conditions. Online communities for people with long-term conditions have the potential to influence…

  • 12Jul

    Electronic Health Literacy Across the Lifespan: Measurement Invariance Study

    Electronic health (eHealth) information is ingrained in the healthcare experience to engage patients across the lifespan. Both eHealth accessibility and optimization are influenced by lifespan development, as older adults experience greater challenges accessing and using eHealth tools as compared to their younger counterparts. The eHealth Literacy Scale (eHEALS) is the most popular measure used to…

  • 12Jul

    National Standards for Public Involvement in Research

    The NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) has recently published its PPI highlights report for 2017-18. This year, they have opted to report against the new national standards for public involvement. The report covers different aspects of their work in line with the 6 standards: inclusive opportunities, working together, support and learning, communications, impact and governance. The aim of the standards…

  • 20Jun

    Embedding public and patient involvement in research

    This article in BMJ Opinion hears a researcher, patient advisor and patient reviewer describe how they included patient input in a trial from the start right through to publication. https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2018/06/13/embedding-public-and-patient-involvement-in-research/  

  • 8Jun

    National Institute for Health Research Dissemination Centre supports patients and NHS decision makers

    The NIHR Dissemination Centre has been set up to make health research evidence easier to reach for those who need it.  Each week they publish three or four new ‘Signals’ – short summaries of health research that has appeared recently in peer-reviewed journals.   They include commentaries from experts and analysis of what the research means for…

  • 24May

    How do we make patient experience data more useful?

    The Point of Care Foundation has published an article by Louise Locock which describes the development of a new guide to help frontline NHS staff make better use of patient experience data. In 2015, they embarked on a study funded by the Health Service and Delivery Research programme of the National Institute for Health Research. They wanted to understand…

  • 12Apr

    Blog: NHS at 70: Research benefits health

    This is an excerpt from a blog by the President of The Academy of Medical Sciences: As the NHS turns 70 this year there will be much discussion of past successes, concerns for the present, and hopes for the future. I believe that we can have high hopes for the future, and I am hopeful both in terms…

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