Featured updated topic: Assessment of Hypercalcaemia
Hypercalcaemia is caused by either primary hyperparathyroidism or malignancy, in the vast majority of instances. Other aetiologies are numerous but uncommon, including, for example, granulomatous conditions or dietary causes. In Assessment of hypercalcaemia, a diagnostic approach to hypercalcaemia is described, along with overviews of the clinical findings for each differential diagnosis, and links to related full topics describing treatments. Read the full article here
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Overview of acute coronary syndrome
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Hypercalcaemia (assessment of)
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The latest set of quality standards covering a wide range of topics, including heart failure, irritable bowel syndrome, skin cancer, and obesity in adults, has been referred to NICE. NICE will also, for the first time, develop public health quality standards in areas that relate to the NHS.
Institute’s Productive series available as e-learning
The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement has published the first of several promised modules in its Productive series of improvement aids as an e-learning course. Read more »
The National Poetry Anthology are inviting free entries to a competition aimed at all UK residents, regardless of age.
There will be 250 area winners whose poems are published and will receive also receive a FREE copy of the book.
Send up to 3 poems (on any subject) up to 25 lines (including blank lines) and 160 words each to: United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB www.unitedpress.co.uk
The overall winner receives a cheque for £1,000 and a trophy. The closing date for entries is June 30 2012.
Journal: Conference abstract
An audit of IBD care: Are we up to standards? A patients perspective
Citation: , vol./is. 6/(S144-S145), 1873-9946 (February 2012)
Author(s): Britton E.; Saravanan R.; Koss K.; Nelson E.
Institution: (Britton, Saravanan, Koss, Nelson) Macclesfield District General Hospital, United Kingdom
Abstract: Background: IBD is estimated to affect approximately 400 patients per 100,000 population. A UK wide audit in 2006 demonstrated a wide variation in the quality of care provided. As a direct result a Working Group, was formed to recommend national standards for IBD care. The audit cycles on an annual basis to asses each units adherence to the standards of: A. High quality clinical care B. Local delivery of care C. Maintaining a patient-centred service D. Patient education and support E. Information technology and audit F. Evidence-based practice and research  While the national audit is able to adequately assess certain aspects of the standards. We sought to demonstrate how the use of a patient survey can complement the national audit to assess our patients understanding of their disease, access to education/support and overall satisfaction.