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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

BBC News

Four-hour accident and emergency waits rise 300% at some hospitals

The number of patients waiting four or more hours at A&E has risen more than 300% at some hospitals, it has emerged.

BMC Health Services Research

Effects of interdisciplinary teamwork on patient-reported experience of cancer care

This study aims to compare patient-reported experience measures (PREMs) of cancer outpatients followed by teams characterized by high vs. low ITW intensity.

Health Foundation

Update on NHS Shared Business Services patient correspondence incident

There is a growing policy focus on how to empower and engage people and communities in their own health and care. The NHS Five Year Forward View talks about ‘harnessing the renewable energy’ of patients and communities.

Journal of Medical Internet Research

Outcomes in Child Health: Exploring the Use of Social Media to Engage Parents in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

The aim of this study was to evaluate the process of using social media to engage parents in identifying patient-centered outcomes, using acute respiratory infections in children as an example to gauge feasibility.

NHS England

Patients with rare conditions to benefit from new treatments

NHS England has confirmed that three new specialised treatments will be made available for patients in England. It is estimated that up to 145 people a year will meet the clinical criteria to benefit from the treatment options being made routinely available to their clinicians with funding from NHS England.

National Institute for Health Research

Patient experience of primary care

Every year since 2007 the NHS in England asked patients what they think about their GP practice in a large national survey. The survey findings are intended to inform patients, healthcare professionals and planners about patients’ experience of the care provided by individual practices in England.

NHS England

Awards spotlight NHS improvement projects driven by patient feedback

Winners selected for patient insight awards, announced at a Patient Experience Network ceremony in Birmingham, demonstrate that NHS providers and commissioners are listening to patient feedback and that services are continuing to improve because of it.

Regional Voices

Self-care: everybody's talking about it

This paper highlights the need to support patients to better manage their own health and the need for greater recognition of the potential for voluntary and community services contribution towards this. The discussion paper contains case studies.


Health Expectations

A new issue of Health Expectations has been published. Articles in this issue include Engaging patients and public in decision-making: approaches to achieving this in a complex environment.

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