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NIHR Highlight Patient experience of primary care

Every year since 2007 the NHS in England asked patients what they think about their GP practice in a large national survey. The survey findings are intended to inform patients, healthcare professionals and planners about patients’ experience of the care provided by individual practices in England. This Highlight shares insights obtained from rese...
  • 21 March 2017
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Personalised letters and a “taster session” help double attendance at NHS stop smoking services

NIHR Signal Personalised letters and a “taster session” help double attendance at NHS stop smoking services

Attendance at NHS stop smoking services (SSS) almost doubled after smokers were sent letters showing their personalised risk of serious illness if they continued to smoke alongside invitations to try the service.

Less than 5% of smokers attend these services in England and numbers are on the decline, although this is one of the most effective... Read More

  • 21 March 2017
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A group weight loss programme shows promise compared with usual approach

NIHR Signal A group weight loss programme shows promise compared with usual approach

A new, intensive NHS group weight management programme was more effective than the more common individual sessions with a practice nurse. In an NIHR-funded trial based in deprived districts in East London, people who took part in the primary care group-based programme lost nearly 2kg more than those who had individual sessions with a nurse. Most... Read More

  • 21 March 2017
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Nurses and pharmacists can prescribe as effectively as doctors

NIHR Signal Nurses and pharmacists can prescribe as effectively as doctors

Prescribing by suitably-trained pharmacists and nurses offers similar outcomes to prescribing by doctors, at least in the management of chronic conditions.

This Cochrane review pooled clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction across 45 studies of nurse or pharmacist prescribing compared with doctor prescribing.

Most studies were of chronic... Read More

  • 21 March 2017
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NIHR Highlight Options in the care of people with depression

Depression may affect more than one in ten of the UK population at any one time, and cost the NHS in excess of £500m per year, with high additional costs in informal care and lost working time. Depression is typically a recurring condition, and more than half of people who experience depression once will go on to have at least one more episode. ...
  • 15 March 2017
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