Reduction in breast cancer deaths is due to treatment not screening, finds study

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The fall in breast cancer mortality seen after widespread mammography screening was introduced in the US was mainly due to improved systemic therapy and not earlier detection of tumours, a comparison of national cancer data before and after the introduction of screening programmes has shown.

Autumn updates from AQuA

Issue: 91 & Issue 92 are now available from the AQuA Portal (click to log on and download).

aqua-logo_Issue 91 – sample content includes:

  • The 2015 Challenge Manifesto: a time for action
  • A new settlement for health and social care
  • NHS England Chief Executive committed to improving dementia diagnosis
  • Horizon Scanning – CMO
  • Patient Experience – personalised’ mental health resource
  • Horizon Scanning
  • Safer Care   – treatment of sepsis
  • Integration – joined-up care for people with complex needs
  • Safer Care – CQC inspects independent hospitals

In Issue 92 you’ll find the Top Stories:

 

  • New MyNHS transparency site goes live
  • NHS England publishes Annual Review
  • FTs under pressure, analysis shows
  • Reducing Mortality
  • Patient Experience – cancer patients’ experience

 

Issue 90 of the AQuA Bulletin

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–         Update on Urgent and Emergency Care Review

–         A national review of choices in end-of-life care

–         Population level commissioning for the future

·         Productivity:   Focus on how money is spent, not just how much

·         Integration:     The relationship between delayed discharge and care home bed supply

·         Reducing Mortality:  Cancer survival in England by stage

 ·         Safer Care:   National flu programme training slide set for healthcare professionals

 ·         Public Health:  Ambitious for recovery: tackling drug and alcohol addiction in the UK

 ·         Reducing Mortality:  NHS England sets out plan for a sustainable Cancer Drugs Fund

 ·         Productivity:  Help for NHS to recover costs of care from visitors and migrants

 ·         Patient Experience:  Aim to improve patient protection and public confidence in doctors

 ·         Prevention:  Asthma admissions rise in September

 ·         Safer Care:  Model process flowchart for raising concerns

 ·         Prevention:   MRSA screening and suppression guidance

 ·         Data & Intelligence:    Data round up

Parsons, S, Symmons, DPM; Medicine April 2014

The burden of musculoskeletal conditions

Abstract:  Musculoskeletal conditions (MsC) are a major burden to the individual, society and the health service; 15–20% of all GP consultations involve patients with MsC. Incident cases of osteoarthritis are ten times more common than rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The prevalence of MsC is higher in women, rises with age and is likely to continue to rise as life expectancy increases. The costs of MsC include those to healthcare services, to society and indirect costs. MsC are among the most commonly reported causes of work-related ill health. Rheumatoid arthritis alone costs the UK economy between £3.8 and 4.8 billion a year. The average cost of a major hip procedure is £7800 and of a major knee procedure £6000. Risk factors for MsC include age and gender. The prevalence of certain MsC varies depending on ethnicity, lifestyle factors and genetic predisposition. The main consequences of MsC are chronic pain and disability. The burden of MsC is high and the impact of these conditions on the health service and society will continue to rise alongside increasing life expectancy.

 

AquA topics for May

Just some of the topics in the latest AQuA Bulletin available online from the AQuA portal: click here to log on and download

  • Innovation   Funding available to scale up health care improvement
  • Productivity   Right Care casebooks link value for money
  • Reducing Mortality  Helping people live well for longer
  • Patient Experience   Better care for people with two or more long term conditions
  • Reducing Mortality Acute heart failure treatment improvement by specialist teams