- Attila Altiner, Rostock University
- Carolyn Chew-Graham, Keele University
- Norbert Donner-Banzhoff, University of Marburg
- Mark Harris, University of New South Wales
- Christos Lionis, University of Crete
- Brian McKinstry, Edinburgh University
- Magdalena Morawska, BioMed Central
Primary care nurses report that healthcare stories in the mass media affect the perceptions not only of their patients but also themselves and feel they need more support to improve their media literacy.
A new measure of frequent attendance, based on the interval between consecutive contacts, gives a more precise, “disease logic” based picture of this important patient population compared to traditional measurements.
The UKs Quality and Outcomes Framework encourages review consultations with sufferers of long term conditions to focus more on “tick-box” biomedical criteria, at the expense of the patients perspective, suggesting further evolution of the QOF is required.
A new approach to health behaviour change, based on the patient-centred choice of the area of action, uses an innovative visualisation tool to successfully engage primary care patients and physicians.
Providing Dutch GPs with quality information makes no difference to hospital referral patterns in the majority of cases, suggesting improved quality indicators are needed if reforms based around GP and patient choice are to be a success.
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