In April 2020, NICE published new guidance on how to help patients to safely stop antidepressant use. To help GPs to implement this guidance in their practice, Stevie Lewis from the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal and Mark Horowitz have published
Karen Nicholson highlights possible connections between psychological trauma fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndromes - and suggests an audit
Aaron Poppleton, Dennis Ougrin, and Yana Maksymets give a responsive overview of the health needs of Ukrainian refugees and provide a list of useful resources for GPs
Drs Laura Heath and Sheena Sharma present their bereavement toolkit, designed to aid healthcare practitioners navigate this potentially difficult space by providing real-world consultation ‘tools’.
Krishnakant Buch's GP exploded a telephonic bomb shell: ‘You have type 2 diabetes'. Here he tells us what he did about it, and how he conquered the Diabetes UK, one million step challenge.
The immune-system is complex and is interconnected with the central nervous and endocrine systems. Regina Ford discusses a wide range of scientific research that looks at diet, supplements, exercise, sleep quality and stress/mental health, to give us a holistic overview of health
Making a diagnosis is like detecting the correct clues to solve a crime. But Samar Razaq reminds us that in general practice the crime scene seems to keep on changing......
Data suggests that the interventions put in place to control the pandemic may have reduced the childhood population’s resistance to normal endemic diseases leading to a ‘build-up of susceptibility’. Roshni Mistry and James Hibberd warn us to be prepared for a possible
The good news is that palliative care is reaching more people with cancer, organ failure and frailty and dementia, and is starting earlier. But Scott Murray and Jordi Amblas question why planned and emergency medical care continues to expand even more for
Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) affects approximately 14 infants a year in England. The condition is usually fatal by 12-18 months of age without bone marrow transplantation. Public Health England will be performing a two year evaluation of newborn screening for SCID in
The UK Government announced its intention to introduce a national system of medical examiners in England which will result in the scrutiny of all deaths not referred to the coroner. Frances Cranfield explains what we need to know.
From this year GP registrars will be spending two years of their training in the community. Rachel Roberts and her colleagues share their findings from a pilot scheme.
GPDPR is a new initiative from NHS Digital to collect data held in GP medical records, to be available to third parties for research and planning. Unlike most other projects, patients have to actively opt out if they do not want their
Most of those who die by suicide contact primary care in the year or months prior to the suicide. GPs are a trusted and valued source for help-seeking among those who are at-risk of suicide. So how can we help? Maria Michail
Most children removed from their birth family have experienced multiple traumas. Hannah Milton finds that when talking to patients about anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship problems and difficulties with their own children’s behaviour, one her most useful history taking techniques is a simple
Preventing ill health requires an emphasis on the behaviours. Changing patient behaviour can take years and necessitates sustained resources. Vasumathy Sivarajasingam introduces us to the basics of motivational interviewing.
Advance care planning conversations for people likely to be in the last year of life are often not easy. Charles Daniels offers us “the 4 W’s + 1” - a straightforward tool for having difficult advance care planning discussions.
Not many of us expect to be working for the NHS for 50 years. Zarmina Rayaz reports on a remarkable colleague, and tells us what what keeps him going.
The "Defeat Depression" campaign of the 1990s told us that anxiety and depression were caused by a “chemical imbalance in the brain”, and that SSRIs were safe, effective and non-addictive. We now know that virtually every part of that narrative is untrue.
We cannot prevent dying, but we can certainly prevent much unnecessary suffering and overtreatment. Scott Murray shows us how we can incorporate "Anticipatory Care" into the ordinary GP consultation.
After experiencing severe antidepressant withdrawal in 2017, Edward White writes on the failure of healthcare services to recognise symptoms of, and correctly diagnose, antidepressant withdrawal, causing many to turn from primary care to antidepressant withdrawal Facebook groups.
As GPs we know a lot about recurrent urinary tract infections. James Malone-Lee is Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University College London. His research suggests that most of what we think we know is wrong. Here he explains the evidence.
A crash course in the methodology behind health coaching studies, covering: presense, goal definition, self-awareness, practical application, and the growth mindset. Known to benefit both the consultation process and the clinician, health coaching has the potential to improve outcomes for patient choice
"I ask them - but I'm not asking them in a way that invites a 'yes'" - It can be difficult to broach the subject of self-harm or suicidal thoughts during a consultation. After altering her practice since reading Ford et al's
With the incidence rate of coeliac disease in the UK increasing four-fold between 1990 and 2011, it is essential that patients with coeliac disease continue to receive appropriate support and management during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, Yvonne Jeanes et al. outline how
With COVID-19 forcing a shift to predominantly remote consulting, how do we ensure that physician associates are fully supported in their role in primary care? The Sheffield Physician Associate (PA) Preceptorship scheme may be one way, offering a formalised support package for
Half of patients with elevated blood sugars, with an HbA1c greater than 42, are not clinically obese. As well as the usual measures Sarah Blake asks whether we need to pay more attention to post prandial blood sugar spikes - is it
People living with severe and prolonged mental illness in England die 15-20 years earlier than the general population. Richard Armitage alerts us to the fact that there has been a marked decrease in the proportion of such patients who have had a
How should antipsychotic medication be reviewed when patients no longer have access to a psychiatrist? In the UK, little guidance is available. Lisa Grünwald and her colleagues are reflecting on the issues and asking for our help.
Chronic primary pain is a relatively new concept. Ensuring its definition is consistent within new guidelines is key. Here, members of the National Advisory Committee for Chronic Pain provide a number of observations on the use of drugs in chronic pain management,
We know that cycling makes for a healthier commute for all, but GPs need evidence to help them allay patient's concerns if we are to incorporate active travel into our standard health promotion toolkit. Bethan Jones gives us the evidence.
30 years ago we were told we were not treating pain adequately. There was a push to give people more analgesia. So, armed with our opioids and gabapentinoids we went and we medicated. But peoples' pain got worse. Katie Barnett examines what
It has been well reported that those in the community and end-of-life care have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, but little attention has been given to GPs and district nurses working in end-of-life care and the positive stories they have
Doctors are not strangers to adversity, both in the lives of our patients and sometimes in our own. Judith Dawson examins two inspirational accounts to tell us how we can practically help.
Holly Quinton describes the use of metaphor and drawing in consultations to improve understanding, compliance and rapport. This can help the GP to explain medical terms to a patient, but it can also help the doctor to understand the patient's experience.