Homeopathy is not an effective treatment for any health condition, report concludes

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A large review by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council has reported that homeopathy is not an effective treatment for any health condition. It cautioned that “people who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments for which there is good evidence.”

The council, the country’s highest medical research body, conducted an extensive assessment of scientific evidence to develop a position statement on the use of homeopathy. The report incorporated an evaluation of more than 1800 papers, including systematic reviews, published guidelines, and information provided by homeopathy advocacy groups. The analysis identified a total of 225 studies that compared a homeopathic treatment group with a control group and therefore met criteria to be further examined for effectiveness.

CQC: Review of children’s transition to adult health services

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

From the pond into the sea: children’s transition to adult health services

This review found that young people with complex health needs do not always receive the necessary care and support when they move on to adult care services. The transition process can be a vulnerable time for young people and their families. During this period, they stop receiving health services that they may have had since a young age and move on to equivalent adult services which can be structured and funded differently. The review found that there are many committed professionals providing high-quality care but that system-wide change is needed in order to make the transition between services smoother for patients and families.


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“This report describes a health and social care system that
is not working, that is letting down many desperately ill
youngsters at a critical time in their lives. We have put the
interests of a system that is no longer fit for purpose above
the interests of the people it is supposed to serve.”

Ralte, P, Grant, S, Withers, D, …Waseem, M

Intramedullary fixation of diaphyseal clavicle fractures using the Rockwood clavicle pin: a review of 68 cases

P Ralte,  S GrantD WithersR WaltonS MorapudiR BassiJ Fischer and M Waseembone_and_joint
Orthopaedic Proceedings: The Bone and Joint Journal 2012 – bjjprocs.boneandjoint.org.uk
Purpose Plating remains the most widely employed method for the fixation of displaced diaphyseal clavicle fractures. The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy and outcomes of diaphyseal clavicle fractures treated with intramedullary fixation using the Rockwood clavicle pin.

Amin,K, Jain, Y, Clarke, L, Roshanlall, C – European Journal of Surgical Oncology; 2012

Incidence of local and distant recurrence after mastectomy-a ten-year review at Macclesfield District General Hospital (MDGH)

K Amin, Y Jain, L Clarke, C Roshanlall – European Journal of Surgical …, 2012 – ejso.com
European Journal of Surgical Oncology Volume 38, Issue 5 , Page 427, May 2012.
Incidence of local and distant recurrence after mastectomy – a ten-year review at Macclesfield District General Hospital (MDGH). 
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Patient satisfaction following mastectomy and breast reconstruction in a district general hospital

Y Jain, K Amin, J Kokan – European Journal of Surgical Oncology, 2012 – ejso.com
European Journal of Surgical Oncology Volume 38, Issue 5 , Pages 429-430, May 2012.
Patient satisfaction following mastectomy and breast reconstruction in a district general hospital. 
No abstract available.

Review of Liverpool Care Pathway

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An independent review is being launched into the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), following weeks of negative stories in the media. The… <<Read More>>

For this and other healthcare news from the National Health Executive Online, please note that they also publish a digital news version – see the November/December 12 issue.

CQC Review: Learning Disabilities

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Review of services for people with learning disabilities
The CQC has published a further 10 reports from a targeted programme of 150 unannounced inspections of hospitals and care homes that care for people with learning disabilities. The programme is looking at whether people experience safe and appropriate care, treatment and support and whether they are protected from abuse. A national report into the findings of the programme will be published later this year.

King’s Fund: Palliative care articles

School for Social Care Research, London School of Economics and Political Science

End of life care: methods review
This review provides an overview of the range of research methods that have been commonly used in end of life care research and their relevance for social care. It provides a policy and service context for understanding end of life care research in social care and, using examples from relevant research, considers the advantages and disadvantages of different research methods and tools. The particular ethical challenges and practical issues that may arise are discussed along with some strategies and sources of support to address them.

Helen & Douglas House

A review of palliative care for children and young adults in the Thames Valley
Helen & Douglas House has commissioned and authored a collaborative review of palliative care need and provision in the region for patients up to the age of 40 years. The findings of the review are presented as a consultative report, with provisional recommendations at national, regional and organisational levels. It highlights a number of key findings, including that there is a lack of palliative care studies relating to young adults.

NHS foundation trusts: review of three months to 30 June 2011

NHS foundation trusts: review of three months to 30 June 2011
Monitor requires each NHS foundation trust board to submit a quarterly report. Performance is monitored against these reports to identify where problems might arise. This is the first quarterly report for 2011/12 and covers the 137 foundation trusts authorised up to 30 June 2011.

Extract from The Kings Fund