Month: March 2016

This milk tastes sour: cows’ milk allergy and industry-sponsored disease creep

Jonny Coates is one of the First5 GPs that’s not in Australia.  He works in Newcastle upon Tyne. Hospitals are awash with Pharma freebies. CCU is littered with the logo of the latest statin, the psychiatrist’s pen bears the name of the latest modified-release SNRI, and the chest clinic post-it notes are adorned with inhaler brands. The paediatric ward is slightly different though. Just as the rest of the hospital is branded by Big Pharma, the paeds ward is branded by ‘Big Formula’. The logos on the pens and lanyards of the paediatricians, and the adverts filling their journals,...

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GP Journal Club – March 2016

The March GP Journal Club is now on Storify. The paper discussed was: Holt TA, Fletcher E, Warren F, et al. Telephone triage systems in UK general practice: analysis of consultation duration during the index day in a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Br J Gen Pract Mar 2016, 66 (644) e214-e218. The next GP Journal Club will be in April – you can follow @GPjournalclub and #gpjc. Click here for the GP Journal club blogposts. [View the story “GP Journal Club – March 2016” on...

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GP Journal Club – Sunday 20th March 2016 at 20:00 GMT

The next GP Journal Club will be discussing the BJGP paper: Telephone triage systems in UK general practice: analysis of consultation duration during the index day in a pragmatic randomised controlled trial by Holt et al.  You can download it here. The next #gpjc tweet chat will be on Sun 20/03/16 at 8pm, chaired by @jonnycoatesy Access the paper here for free: — GPjournalclub (@GPjournalclub) March 14, 2016 Suggested questions include: 1) What do you think of the selection of consultation duration as the outcome? 2) Any thoughts on the study design? 3) Does the fact that only same-day consultations are triaged change the results? 4) Are the data collection methods reliable? 5) Has this paper changed your views on phone triage? Feel free to suggest questions – via Twitter or leave them in the comments box...

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Trainee notes: Life school

Aisha Yahaya is a GP ST2 with Imperial VTS who has an interest in effective communication with patients, writing and a yearly resolution to save her guitar from the dusty corner in which it sits. Increasingly, I learn more about the way of the world by looking through the eyes of my patients.  As I reflect on my time spent in a large urban GP surgery, I share my feelings and what I learnt from the patient narrative. Bravery, active listening and understanding. Very often, a patient will come with a problem that has troubled them for a while and their...

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