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Issue : 21 October 2008

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    Increasing use of long-acting reversible contraceptionSubscription

    Clinical21 October, 2008

    New research exploring women’s attitudes to contraception suggests some ways to boost the uptake of long-acting reversible methods. Nerys Hairon finds out more 

  • A nurse with patient Roy Jones who has benefited from the recovery programme

    Addressing the emotional needs of stroke survivorsSubscription

    Clinical21 October, 2008

    Background: Stroke survivors report a range of psychological difficulties.Aim: To facilitate psychological adjustment and to support understanding of the emotions associated with recovery.Method: A group intervention was developed for patients on a stroke rehabilitation ward.Results and discussion: The group was piloted, and feedback indicated the sharing of experiences was the aspect perceived ...

  • Validity of advance decisionsSubscription

    Opinion21 October, 2008

    A Buddhist has made it clear that in the event of his being unable to make his own decisions he does not wish to have pain relief. He is admitted in the terminal stages of cancer and clearly in pain. Nurses want to give him analgesia but his relatives are refusing.

  • ‘We are told to refuse gifts from patients yet we accept marketing gifts from drug companies’Subscription

    Opinion21 October, 2008

    Marketing surrounds us, wherever we are. It is always there, like a parasite. We may mistakenly think that it is a business issue and has nothing to do with public healthcare.

  • ‘Community care requires a huge change in mindset’Subscription

    Opinion21 October, 2008

    The clocks go back this weekend, the days will shorten and darkness will descend more quickly than many of us would like. Then Halloween will loom, and the talk will be of ghosts, ghouls and gremlins, rather than coughs, colds and credit crunches.

  • Dementia? Who wants moral lectures from academics?Subscription

    Opinion21 October, 2008

    Interviewed for the Church of Scotland’s magazine, Baroness Mary Warnock effectively said that people with dementia should do us all a favour and expire.

  • 'Any recession hits health services hard and fast'Subscription

    Opinion21 October, 2008

    As the global economy spirals out of control, the BBC might supplement its annual charity drive with Bankers in Need. Lenny Henry might forgo his usual foray to the ravaged hinterland of Namibia and head for the stockbroker belt to report on the harrowing tale of some rich bloke being forced to sell a yacht. Rumour has it that one person who recently had £10bn now only has £5bn. The poor mite.

  • Doctor using wireless technology

    The Mental Capacity Act 1: Advance DecisionsSubscription

    Clinical21 October, 2008

    This is the first of a two-part unit on the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Part 1 outlines the act’s key principles and implications. Healthcare professionals’ responsibilities are examined in relation to advance decisions.

  • How happy and health

    How happy and healthy are nurses?Subscription

    Analysis21 October, 2008

    NT’s latest well-being survey reveals a significant drop in stress but poor weight control among nurses. Helen Mooney reports.

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    Evaluating use of telemedicine within a minor injury unitSubscription

    Clinical21 October, 2008

    This article outlines a pilot study using telemedicine to assess chest pain in a minor injury unit. It discusses how the pilot was set up and the benefits of telemedicine for both patients and staff.Bridgwater Community Hospital has recently won an award from the Community Hospitals Association for its use of cardiology telemedicine in its unit.

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