Results: 31

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Can audits of family contact for out of area placements inform improvements in practice?


Russell Woolgar summarises a study of family contact during out of area placements for patients in a specialist forensic intellectual disability service.

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Reducing the bureaucracy in general practice must be a national priority, says NHS Alliance


Sarah McDonald reviews a new NHS Alliance report, which provides a snapshot of GP and Practice Manager views on the day-to-day work demands that exist outside of general practice consultations.

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Evaluating the quality of information on autism-related websites: ensuring informed decision making

This review highlights the lack of evidence about the best way to prevent cognitive decline in later life

The internet is now a major source of information and advice and a significant proportion of parents who have just received a diagnosis of autism for their child will visit websites looking for information. But how far is the quality of that information assured?

Here, Emma Langley looks at an evaluation of autism related website which set out to answer that question.

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Seclusion and restraint in disability services influenced by both individual and organisational factors


Seclusion, whilst still in use in disability services can be considered at odds with the person-centred values underpinning modern services

Here, Alex Leeder looks at a review of its use in Victoria, Australia, to try to find what factors are associated with its ongoing use.

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Readmission to hospital for people with learning disabilities. A study in one acute hospital in England

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We know that people with learning disabilities have poorer health than those without learning disabilities and may also receive poorer quality healthcare. Emergency or unplanned readmissions may be one indicator of the quality of care.

Here, Pauline Heslop considers a study which looked at such readmissions for people with learning disabilities and those without to see how they compared and how far such readmissions may have been preventable.

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What is the trend in surgery for proximal humerus fractures?


Jennifer Lane considers this retrospective audit which examined current practice in the US to discover the current trends in treatment of proximal humerus fractures.

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Forensic learning disabilities in-patient services – were there differences in clinical, forensic and treatment outcomes if patients also had autism?


There continues to be debate about the appropriate use of in-patient services for people with learning disabilities and we need to learn as much as possible about routes in, treatment options within and pathways out.

In her debut blog, Anne Marie Scott looks at a paper, which reports on outcomes in relation to people who were inpatients in a forensic unit, In particular the researchers asked if being on the autism spectrum impacted on these outcomes.

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Second National Audit of Schizophrenia highlights lack of progress for service users and carers


André Tomlin summarises the second National Audit of Schizophrenia, which highlights that many people with schizophrenia are still not getting the high quality psychological and medical treatment they deserve.

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Learning Disability National Audit – feasibility study and recommendations and future plans

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The results of the feasibility study into a national clinical audit of learning disabilities was published last month. Here we consider the findings and the response from NHS England

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Signs of value for money in some out of hours GP services, but room for improvement says National Audit Office


This new report from the National Audit Office considers the current status of out of hours GP services in England, based on data collected during 2013-2014. Although the report is focused on England, there may be lessons for commissioners in other health systems. Methods The report is based on : a web-based survey of CCGs (175 [read the full story…]