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  • ‘So much effort is wasted’Subscription

    10 November, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Like healthcare services, healthcare research has more than its fair share of duplication of effort and wheel reinvention. Every week funders issue research calls inviting researchers to bid for vast sums of money.

  • ‘Medication is a last resort’Subscription

    12 August, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    I was a bright-eyed nursing student, placed on a busy surgical ward with pressures high and theatre checklists flying round.However, the behaviour of one patient brought the ward to a halt.

  • ‘Agree an author protocol’Subscription

    18 July, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    A colleague of mine is now into the fifth month of wrangling about gaining recognition for a large study to which she has contributed. She has sadly become one of the statistics that those who have developed authorship guidelines talk about.

  • Let the patients decideSubscription

    18 July, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    I have been in nursing long enough to have witnessed, unfortunately, too many occasions where patients have been treated differently due to their age, appearance or diagnosis

  • ‘Discharge made simple’Subscription

    3 June, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    Over the course of the last decade in healthcare, much planning and many resources have been allocated to ensure that patients have timely admission and access to acute facilities within the hospital sector.