Issue : August 2004
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The internet provides easier access to health information than ever before, but is it enabling us to lead healthier lives? It has been estimated that it took 30 years for people to get used to the idea of radio, approximately 13 years to be gripped by television and yet the internet has been accepted in about five years (Adams, 2000). The internet seems to be everywhere and everything appears to be on it.
To enhance the delivery of appropriate care to older people with mental health problems, and to ensure carers and service users are well informed, The National Service Framework for Older People (Department of Health, 2001) and the Audit Commission (2000) advocate that mental health services develop training to support staff working with older people in the primary and secondary care sectors.
It is recognised that the under-treatment of pain is a major yet avoidable public health problem (Gordon and Dahl, 2004). Studies performed in the past 20 years have shown poor pain control in postoperative, acute, chronic and patients with cancer.
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Diabetes is a common chronic condition that, if not adequately controlled, can lead to acute metabolic complications such as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in type 1 diabetes and hyperosmolar nonketotic coma (HONK) in type 2 diabetes. The discovery of insulin and its use as a therapeutic agent in the management of type 1 diabetes in the early 1920s led to the apparent miraculous recovery of extremely sick patients with DKA, who were brought back from the brink of death (Bliss, 1982).
Anderson (2003) states that throughout the past decade there has been an increase in media attention on issues relating to community care and the discharge of people from institutions. He maintains that newspapers in the UK have a great deal of influence when reporting violent incidents involving patients who have mental health problems. Most research into news reporting and mental illness has looked at whether negative images lead to negative public attitudes.
Emerging concerns related to CJD.Subscription
News that a second death from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) has been linked to blood transfusion has led to concern that the disease could affect far more people than previously thought (Peden et al, 2004). The first person to die from CJD after receiving a blood transfusion from a donor who subsequently developed variant CJD - the form acquired by eating beef infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the 1980s - was revealed last year. This led to radical changes in ...
Gary Etheridge, PGD, BSc, RGN, is director of nursing, midwifery, quality and risk, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS TrustJenny Thomas, BSc, CertManagement, RGN, is a management consultant
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