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Patients can be shown how to improve their health during routine appointments

Building brief intervention into your everyday work Subscription Required

All frontline nursing staff can incorporate brief behaviour change interventions into their clinical practice to reduce patients’ risk of long-term conditions.

The case for collaboration in primary care for depression

The case for collaboration in primary care for depression

A study has demonstrated that collaborative care for people with depression, provided by a multiprofessional team in GP practices, offers improved outcomes in comparison with usual treatment

Responding to patients at risk of contracting ebola

Responding to patients at risk of contracting ebola Subscription Required

Health workers need to understand how to respond to patients with, or at risk of, ebola to ensure any isolated cases occurring in the UK do not result in an outbreak

Anticipatory prescribing in end-of-life care

Anticipatory prescribing in end-of-life care Subscription Required

Nurses often play a key role in administering medicines from anticipatory prescriptions to patients near the end of life. This article summarises a study of their experiences

Is chest pain always an emergency?

Is chest pain always an emergency? Subscription Required

Chest pain is a complex symptom with a variety of causes. It is essential that health professionals have good communication skills to ensure an accurate diagnosis

Public consultation opens on GP incentive indicators

Public consultation opens on GP incentive indicators

NICE launches consultation on potential reward and incentive indicators for GPs’ surgeries and to help clinical commissioners set priorities.

NICE recommends raft of tests to improve asthma diagnosis

NICE recommends raft of tests to improve asthma diagnosis

A series of clinical tests, starting with spirometry, should be used to help support a diagnosis of asthma, according to draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

‘Information prescriptions’ for patients with uncontrolled diabetes

‘Information prescriptions’ for patients with uncontrolled diabetes

Practice nurses and GPs treating diabetes patients who do not have their condition under control will be encouraged to give them “information prescriptions”, under an initiative launched today.

Labour pledges nurse training boost

Labour pledges nurse training boost

Labour has pledged to make increasing the number of nurse training places in the NHS “one of the first things” it would do if it wins the general election in May.

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Health visitors and GPs must hold regular meetings under new rules

Health visitors and GPs must hold regular meetings under new rules

Health visitors must be assigned to GP practices and hold regular meetings with doctors in future to link up their work better, according to updated guidance for commissioners from NHS England.

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'Practice what you preach'

'Practice what you preach'

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to eat more healthily, lose weight, tone up, or do more exercise? By the time this blog is published, apparently most people will have failed.

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Norovirus returns: advice is to stay away from GP

Norovirus returns: advice is to stay away from GP

After Halloween and Bonfire Night, we have the return of another, much less welcome, winter tradition: the norovirus. Or, as The Times reports, “Tis the season for winter vomiting bug”

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