Rachel Fox, medical student in her fourth year at the University of Cambridge Clinical School, describes her experiences exploring academic primary care and explains how medical students can get involved. Rachel was awarded the Novice Presenters prize at the Society for Academic Primary Care conference in January 2019. “Hi, my name is Rachel Fox and […]
Using digital interventions to support medication adherence in primary care: BSG to run interactive workshop for delegates at SAPC Madingley Hall, 24 Jan 2019
Calling Madingley SAPC 2019 delegates: Join Dr Katerina Kassavou and the Behavioural Science Group from the University of Cambridge at our interactive workshop on digital interventions to support medication adherence in primary care. Research into digital interventions to support patients’ positive behaviour change is growing fast with implications across all areas of behavioural health research […]
Multimorbidity and mental health services – a combined challenge?
Blog by Dr Duncan Edwards, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow and GP Much is made of the need to adapt health services for patients with multimorbidity, and much is made of the need to improve struggling mental health services. They’re often presented as separate challenges. News stories can conjure up images of older patients with multiple […]
Dr Tanya Blumenfeld and her Traveller patients feature in Lancet to mark Alma-Ata Declaration
Forty years after the Alma-Ata Declaration was made in 1978 – identifying primary health care as the key to the attainment of the goal of Health for All – The Lancet published a series of articles exploring progress in primary care, including a photo essay by Dr Alexander Kumar featuring primary care doctors around the […]
‘Please Make Comfortable’: prescribing and communicating opioids in the wake of Gosport
The latest crisis concerning UK end-of-life care arose in June 2018, with the publication of the Jones inquiry into hundreds of premature deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in the 1990s. The inquiry concluded that misuse of diamorphine and syringe drivers, often following the clinical instruction ‘please make comfortable’, led to the excess deaths: a […]
What should doctors say to men asking for a PSA test?
The evidence behind prostate cancer screening – including the latest large trial of prostate cancer screening with the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test – shows no difference in prostate cancer mortality after 10 years, according to a review published in the BMJ last week. Neither the US Preventive Services Task Force nor Public Health England recommend population […]