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  1. Content Article
    This descriptive and cross-sectional study in the Journal of Patient Safety aimed to examine the impact of nurses’ fear of Covid-19 on their nursing care behaviour during the pandemic. 450 nurses providing one-on-one care to Covid-19 patients between January and March 2021 took part in the study. The results showed that nurses providing care to patients during the pandemic feared Covid-19, that their care behaviours were generally at a good level, and that the care behaviours of nurses with a high degree of fear were negatively and significantly impacted.
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    This report by the Patients Association analyses the opinions and experiences of diagnostic testing services of more than 1,000 NHS patients. It highlights that patients view diagnostics as a fundamental part of the NHS—and one that should be prioritised. Most respondents (93%) want testing capacity to be invested in over the coming years so that patients can receive tests and diagnosis more quickly. Patients place such importance on diagnostics that 60% would consider paying for the tests they need if they faced a long wait on the NHS.
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    In this Lancet article, Lioba Hirsch shares her experience of labour and birth as a Black woman. She describes dismissive behaviours and blaming comments from several healthcare professionals that left her feeling unable to ask questions and advocate for herself and her baby. She suggests that the lack of compassion and dignity she was shown are a risk to patient safety: "I am so glad that my child was safe that day, but many children and their birthing parents are not and the slope from disrespect and disregard to dismissal and its consequences is a slippery one."
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    The Government plans to expand physician associate (PA) and anaesthesia associate (AA) roles and to establish the General Medical Council (GMC) as their statutory regulator. There has been concerted opposition to the plans by groups including the Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) and the British Medical Association (BMA). Earlier this month, the House of Lords sent the draft legislation to the main chamber for proper scrutiny, stating that this was the procedure when an issue "is politically or legally important or gives rise to issues of public policy". In this Medscape article, Dr Sheena Meredith outlines the Government's proposals and why the issue has become so contentious.
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    Primary care appointments may provide an opportunity to identify patients at higher risk of suicide. This study in the British Journal of General Practice aimed to explore primary care consultation patterns in the five years before suicide to identify suicide high-risk groups and common reasons for seeing a healthcare professional. The authors found that frequent consultations (more than once per month in the final year) were associated with increased suicide risk. The associated rise in suicide risk was seen across all sociodemographic groups as well as in those with and without psychiatric comorbidities. However, specific groups were more influenced by the effect of high-frequency consultation, including females, patients experiencing less socioeconomic deprivation and those with psychiatric conditions. The commonest reasons that patients who went on to commit suicide requested consultations in the year before their death, were medication review, depression and pain.
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    Infection Control Matters is a podcast in which infection control professionals discuss new research and issues on the topic of infection prevention and control. In this episode, Martin Kiernan and Phil Russo talk to Professor Michael Borg from the Faculty of Medicine & Surgery at the University of Malta They discuss a recent paper describing the stages that brought about a 90% reduction in MRSA bloodstream infections over a ten-year period.
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    This webinar hosted by the Patients Association provides an opportunity to hear about the new Pharmacy First Service. Speakers include: David Webb, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for England Pallavi Dawda, Head of Delivery, Clinical Strategy Community Pharmacy, NHS England Leighton Colegrave, member of Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB's Patient Engagement Forum Tunde Sokoya, community pharmacist, Essex Lindsey Fairbrother, community pharmacist, Derbyshire. The Patients Association Chief Executive Rachel Power will chair the webinar. Register for free.
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    This webinar will explore the findings from the Patients Association's Patient Experience of Diagnostics report and consider its recommendations. The panellists are: Professor Sir Mike Richards, who was the first National Cancer Director at the Department of Health Karen Stalbow, Head of Diagnostic Policy at NHS England Dr Ashton Harper, Head of Medical Affairs at Roche Diagnostics Ltd. Patients Association Chief Executive Rachel Power will chair the session and the panel will include patients. The webinar will be held on Zoom and is free to attend. Book your place.
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    This report aims to understand the NHS response to racism, what trusts and healthcare organisations do about it and how effective they are at addressing it. It brings together key learning from a number of significant tribunal cases and responses from 1,327 people to a survey about their experiences of raising allegations of racism within their organisations.
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    Patient engagement technologies (PETs) are tools used to guide patients through the perioperative period. This study in the American Journal of Surgery aimed to investigate the levels of patient engagement with PETs through the perioperative period and its impact on clinical outcomes. The authors found that use of PETs improves patient outcomes and experiences in the perioperative period. Patients who engage more frequently with PETs have shorter length of stay (LOS) with lower readmission and post-operative complication rates.
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    In this letter to Health Secretary Steve Brine MP, members of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Pandemic Response and Recovery raise serious concerns about the approach of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to patient safety. They outline problems within the MHRA that continue to put patients at serious risk of harm. The letter also highlights the role of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (IMMDS), in its thorough investigation of Primodos, sodium valproate and pelvic mesh in bringing some of these concerns to the fore. It points to recent evidence presented to the APPG that indicates that the MHRA is at the heart of wider endemic failings, with issues uncovered so far being "the tip of a sizeable iceberg of failure." The letter outlines concerns about the following areas: The Yellow Card Scheme Conflicts of interest and transparency History of regulatory failures in the MHRA It calls on the Health and Social Care Select Committee to investigate these issues and make recommendations to the government on: legislative changes as to who is obligated to report adverse drug reactions. funding changes to the MHRA. separation of regulatory approval duties from post marketing pharmacovigilance. more inclusion of patients. greater transparency across the board. proper enforcement of Part 14 of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012.
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    In this interview, Professor Martin Marshall, former GP and Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, shares his concerns for the future of general practice in the UK. He outlines the danger that more of the workforce will turn to private practice due to current pressures facing NHS GPs.
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    A growing awareness of sex and gender bias in evidence has resulted in the development of new tools to address this concern. The Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) guidelines and the Guidelines for Accurate and Transparent Health Estimates Reporting (GATHER) are two initiatives designed to foster more transparent research and reporting practices that bridge the gender evidence gap. These tools enable researchers to unravel the complexities that underpin health risks and outcomes and generate more accurate and relevant findings that can inform effective and equitable policies for better health outcomes. This Lancet article looks at the World Health Organization's (WHO's) adoption of GATHER and the SAGER guidelines to tackle sporadic and suboptimal reporting of sex and gender data. The authors argue that this move is pivotal within WHO's broader strategic agenda, which it outlined in the Roadmap to Advance Gender Equality, Human Rights and Health Equity 2023–2030, launched in December 2023.
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    This animation aims to help staff and employers across health and social care understand Oliver's Training and why it is so vitally important. It was co-designed and co-produced with autistic people and people with a learning disability. Oliver McGowan died aged 18 in 2017 after being given antipsychotic medication to which he had a fatal reaction. He was given the medication despite his own and his family's assertions that he could not be given antipsychotics, and the fact that this was recorded in his medical records. The animation tells his story and highlights the increased risks facing people with learning disabilities and autism when accessing healthcare.
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    Incorporating parental values in complex medical decisions for young children is important but challenging. This review in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health explores what it means to incorporate parental values in complex paediatric and perinatal decisions. It provides a narrative overview of the paediatric, ethics and medical decision-making literature, focusing on value-based and ethically complex decisions for children who are too young to express their own preferences. 
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