Tag: jonny coates

Shared medical appointments: better by the dozen

A great deal of medicine is education.  The title ‘doctor’ is derived from the Latin word for teacher. Before getting that title, I spent three years working as a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teacher: first in Spain, and then with VSO in Eritrea. I’m no expert educationalist; but I learnt enough to see that a 1:1 interaction is often not the best way to impart complex information. In general practice, I see patients exclusively on a 1:1 basis, in short 10 minute bursts. I have to explain and discuss difficult concepts, and am often left frustrated...

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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 – 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: https://t.co/ISqx7BegeJ — 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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