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Patient focus

The latest news from the patient's perspective

Looking at the issues that relate to partnership working and shared decision making.

This theme looks at the issues that relate to partnership working and shared decision making. It covers people’s human rights including the right to privacy and confidentiality.

Patient focus

Breast Cancer Now

Good enough? Breast cancer in the UK

This report shows that although good progress has been made in diagnosing and treating breast cancer, with more women surviving than ever before, there is still much more to do.

British Medical Journal

Wisdom of patients: predicting the quality of care using aggregated patient feedback

To determine whether the near real-time, automated collection and aggregation of multiple sources of patient feedback can provide a collective judgement that effectively identifies risks to the quality of care, and hence can be used to help prioritise inspections.

British Medical Journal

People’s experience of hospital care on the weekend

This study aims to determine whether patients treated in hospital on the weekend report different experiences of care compared with those treated on weekdays.

British Medical Journal

Compassionate care: not easy, not free, not only nurses

Compassion has historically been defined as an underpinning principle of work conducted by health professionals, especially nurses. For health professionals to be able to connect with patients and understand their unique situation, while also addressing fundamental needs (eg, hygiene, feeding) in a non-mechanistic manner, an appropriately resourced workplace is required.

Campaign to end Loneliness

Making the economic case for investing in actions to prevent and/or tackle loneliness: a systematic review

This research, carried out by the London School of Economics, reviews the evidence on the economic impact of loneliness interventions. It finds that up to £3 of health care costs can be saved for every £1 spent on an effective intervention on loneliness.

Dementia Action Alliance

Seldom heard groups and dementia

There’s new support available for people who have dementia but who are from seldom-heard groups. On the Dementia Action Alliance website you can read about the issues faced by three groups and sign a pledge to support people from seldom heard groups.

Department of Health

Choice in end of life care

How the National End of Life Care Programme Board is delivering personalisation and choice in care for people at or near the end of life.


'Childline for older people' gives friendly ear to 10,000 lonely callers each week

The Silver Line, created in 2013 by Esther Rantzen (who also created Childline), is a free, 24-hour, 365-day-a-year helpline offering information and friendship, and signposts people to local organisations for support or social activities.

Guardian Health

Reinventing mental health care by putting patients in charge

A personal experience of a mental health service user which helped them to set up and run a suicide crisis centre.

Journal of Health Services Research Services research & Policy.

Patient-reported safety incidents as a new source of patient safety date

This study aims compare a new co-designed, patient incident reporting tool with three established methods of detecting patient safety incidents and identify if the same incidents are recorded across methods.

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