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Calcium channel blockers are useful in managing Raynaud’s phenomenon

NIHR Signal Calcium channel blockers are useful in managing Raynaud’s phenomenon

Calcium channel blockers, such as nifedipine, are confirmed as useful in reducing the frequency, duration, severity of attacks, pain and disability associated with Raynaud’s phenomenon. People had two to six fewer attacks per week on average with treatment, and 13 without. Raynaud’s is a disorder which reduces blood flow to the fingers ... Read More

  • 20 February 2018
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Introducing a primary care risk prediction tool did not reduce emergency admissions

NIHR Signal Introducing a primary care risk prediction tool did not reduce emergency admissions

Predicting emergency admissions paradoxically increased hospital admissions from primary care across all risk groups by about 3% overall.

The Predictive Risk Stratification Model (PRISM) was evaluated in a trial in general practices in Wales, and there is little evidence it benefits patients by reducing deaths or improving quality of life... Read More

  • 20 February 2018
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Additional therapy helps social recovery from first episode psychosis

NIHR Signal Additional therapy helps social recovery from first episode psychosis

Social recovery therapy increases structured activity, such as work, education or sport, by eight hours per week for people with severe social withdrawal following a first episode of psychosis. This cognitive behavioural type of treatment was added to other early interventions and might be particularly useful for those lacking motivation or living ... Read More

  • 20 February 2018
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A frailty checklist was completed in only a quarter of older people at hospital admission

NIHR Signal A frailty checklist was completed in only a quarter of older people at hospital admission

Frailsafe is a simple safety checklist offering the opportunity to improve safety and quality of care for frail older people while in hospital. It aims to increase key clinical assessments or practices on things like risk of falls, mobility and delirium, and to facilitate communication between staff. However, the relatively low completion rate... Read More

  • 20 February 2018
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Free entry for leisure centres may increase physical activity across all social groups

NIHR Signal Free entry for leisure centres may increase physical activity across all social groups

Removing access fees from gyms and leisure centres with a strong marketing campaign and five extra community health trainers gave 26,400 more physical activity “swim and gym” visits per quarter in a borough of 150,000 people.

Re:fresh, a subsidised access scheme implemented in a socially disadvantaged local authority in England,... Read More

  • 20 February 2018
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