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Assessing patients for intermittent self-catheterisation

Study looked at types of catheter available for intermittent use

Clinical presentation of scabies in older care home residents differs from classic...

Prospective study of scabies outbreaks in ten care homes for older people


Study advocates continued use of anticoagulants in patients with resolved atrial...

Treatment with anticoagulants reduces risk of stroke by two thirds

Diet study offers hope for people with epilepsy

Bacteria may help limit seizures, study of high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet finds

Sharing surveillance of infectious diseases could reduce use of antibiotics

International study found diagnoses improved through shared use of surveillance systems

Vitamin D

Higher vitamin D level associated with lower risk of total cancer

Japanese study suggests beneficial effects for prevention of cancer in all sites

Practice workloads increase more than 10%, e-consultation finds

Trialling the use of online consultation systems in monitoring and improving general practice workloads

Controlled trials look at intervention use for people living with dementia at home

Understanding the effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in people living at home

Study analyses financial burden contributing to low rates of breastfeeding

Assessing the financial incentive for higher numbers of breastfeeding, in a bid to improve mother and baby health

Relevance of epilepsy training in intellectual disability nursing

Controlled trial analyses nurses' competency to support adults with epilepsy and intellectual disability

First evidence that prescribing arts schemes can benefit patients

Seven year study analyses the use of prescribing art schemes in south west England.

Vision screening for all older people not recommended

Systematic review investigated effective use of population screening for visual impairment

Flu vaccination: the rate of uptake during pregnancy in England

Exploring the role that health professionals play in the dissemination of information about...

General Practice Patient Survey: the effects of ED attendance on primary healthcare

Addressing patient experience of general practice and policies to improve access in primary...

Sudden infant death syndrome: investigating risk factors and safer sleeping practices

Mothers are asked to recall three sudden infant death syndrome strategies and identify risk...

Vulnerable patients most likely to fail to keep GP appointments

Socio-economic factors are a key indicator of why patients miss multiple GP appointments,...

Internet service boosts uptake of STI test for high-risk groups

Providing internet-based testing for sexually transmitted infections could increase the...

Evaluating the use of social prescribing coordinators in general practices

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