Nurses delivering primary care obtain the same or better health outcomes as doctors and achieve higher levels of patient satisfaction, suggests a new review of research evidence.
The idea that patients should always complete a course of antibiotics has again been challenged by academics.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has urged caution among prescribers over the use of antibiotics for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
A good relationship with a health professional, as well as peer support, have been identified among key factors in helping patients with lung conditions to stay active, according to UK researchers.
Continuity of care by clinicians is associated with lower patient mortality, according to UK researchers.
Patients who have a record of a penicillin allergy are at an increased risk of developing the drug resistant infection MRSA and healthcare-associated infection C difficile, according to researchers.
The NHS health check programme has “fallen considerably short” of expectations, with the impact on the nation’s health still unclear nearly a decade on from when it was first introduced, according to the first full review of research evidence.
Practice nurses and other staff at GP surgeries will soon be required to give advice on dementia risk as part of the NHS Health Check, which is offered to patients from middle age.
Therapy should be offered to patients within a month of a traumatic event to help prevent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to draft guidance, with a new focus on early treatment.
Patients who are frail during middle age, especially caused by a long-term condition, are at higher risk of mortality than other people, according to UK researchers.