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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

Glaucoma: the “silent thief of sight”

Glaucoma: the “silent thief of sight” Subscription Required

Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable sight loss. Vision can often be preserved with early identification, good adherence to treatment and long-term monitoring

Managing outbreaks of scarlet fever

Managing outbreaks of scarlet fever Subscription Required

England and Wales are currently experiencing unusually high rates of scarlet fever so it is vital that health professionals know what to do when someone is infected

Avoidable asthma deaths: national audit results

Avoidable asthma deaths: national audit results Subscription Required

The first national investigation into asthma deaths reveals deficiencies in risk assessment, prescribing and clinical care. Implications for practice are outlined

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Why are patients and healthcare professionals not as engaged with respiratory care as with other diseases?

Why are patients and healthcare professionals not as engaged with respiratory care as with other diseases?

Having been involved in the asthma deaths inquiry panel, Rebecca Sherrington questions why simple changes aren’t being made in respiratory care

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Gay people have 'poorer health' and 'GP issues'

Gay people have 'poorer health' and 'GP issues'

“Lesbians, gays and bisexuals are more likely to have longstanding mental health problems,” The Independent reports, as well as “bad experiences with their GP”.

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