Continuous Improvement of Patient Safety

The Health Foundation, November 2015

This report synthesises the lessons from the Health Foundation’s work on improving patient safety. It looks at why improving safety is so difficult and complex, and why current approaches need to change offering examples and insights to support practical improvements in patient safety.

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Dementia: through the eyes of women

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, November 2015

This Joseph Rowntree Foundation project aimed to inspire people to think differently about women and dementia by using stories and reflections from individual women to inform the debate in a unique, inspiring and insightful way.

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Dementia without Walls – reflections from people with dementia

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, November 2015

Two reports bring together the reflections of ten people with dementia who were involved in different aspects of the JRF Dementia Without Walls project. One report reflects on the programme itself, while the other reflects on how people with dementia have been involved.

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Place-based systems of care: A way forward for the NHS in England

King’s Fund, November 2015

This paper proposes a new approach to tackling these challenges. It argues that NHS organisations need to move away from a ‘fortress mentality’ whereby they act to secure their own individual interests and future, and instead establish place-based ‘systems of care’ in which they collaborate with other NHS organisations and services to address the challenges and improve the health of the populations they serve.

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Clinical Review: Suicide risk assessment and intervention in people with mental illness

BMJ, 9 November 2015

This review summarizes the current science in suicide risk assessment and provides an overview of the interventions shown to reduce the risk of suicide, with a focus on the clinical management of people with mental disorders.

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Development and validation of risk prediction equations to estimate future risk of blindness and lower limb amputation in patients with diabetes: cohort study

BMJ, 11 November 2015

This prospective cohort study looks at whether it is possible to develop and externally validate risk prediction equations to estimate the 10 year risk of blindness and lower limb amputation in patients with diabetes aged 25-84 years.

The study concludes that patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are at increased risk of blindness and amputation but generally do not have accurate assessments of the magnitude of their individual risks. The new algorithms calculate the absolute risk of developing these complications over a 10 year period in patients with diabetes, taking account of their individual risk factors.

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Computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (cCBT) as treatment for depression in primary care (REEACT trial): large scale pragmatic randomised controlled trial

BMJ, 11 November 2015

This study assesses the effectiveness of supported computerised cognitive behaviour therapy (cCBT) as an adjunct to usual primary care for adults with depression.

The study concludes that supported cCBT does not substantially improve depression outcomes compared with usual GP care alone. In this study, neither a commercially available nor free to use computerised CBT intervention was superior to usual GP care.

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