Best Practice updates for March

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

Updated Best Practice topics

Cardiovascular disorders
Overview of acute coronary syndrome
Tricuspid stenosis

Critical care medicine
Hypercalcaemia (assessment of)


Erythema nodosum
MiliariaInfectious diseases
Chlamydia pneumoniae infection

Renal tubular acidosis
Acute interstitial nephritis

What’s on the virtual shelf? eBooks

Here’s a tasty sample of useful ebooks.
To access and search the full collection go to:

Assessment in Medical Education and Training: A Practical Guide 

Assessment in Medical Education and Training: A Practical Guide 

ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine

A Handbook For Medical Teachers 

Teaching Made Easy: A Manual for Health Professionals

Strategies for Healthcare Education: How to Teach in the 21st Century

Teaching and Learning Communication Skills in Medicine

Teaching and Learning in Primary Care

A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice

Learning Medicine: How to Become and Remain a Good Doctor

Problem-based Learning for Health Improvement: Practical Public Health for Every Professional

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Enter your Athens user ID and password when prompted.
Search for books by putting words in Title as first choice.
Keywords can also be used.
Once you find a title that looks interesting you will see in the detail further leads for similar books in that category e.g. some of these are in the category of: Medical education. Medical schools. Research

Pen a poem and win £1,000

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

The overall winner receives a cheque for £1,000 and a trophy.  The closing date for entries is June 30 2012.

Britton E; Saravanan R; Koss K; Nelson E, Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis, February 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 [1] 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.

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