Oral Cancer – Referral by primary care doctors and dentists

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This review comparing primary care doctors and dentists in the referral of oral cancer included 22 mainly retrospective studies. Doctors refered sliightly more than dentists, typically 50% compared with 40% respectively.

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Mental health services for medical students: are specialist university-based student mental health services the answer?

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Penelope Stavrou summarises a recent study on mental health services for medical students, which evaluates a clinical student mental health service in Cambridge.

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Universal interventions to prevent mental illness in medical students

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Tayla McCloud summarises a systematic review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of universal programmes for the prevention of suicidal ideation, behaviour and mental ill health in medical students.

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Trainee doctors’ attitudes to mental illness among their peers

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Penelope Zoe Stavrou summarises a recent qualitative study exploring UK trainee doctors’ attitudes to mental illness among their peers and their access to support services.

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Which occupations have the highest potential exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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Mark-Steven Howe takes a look at recent data from the Office for National Statistics on estimated occupational exposure to generic disease, and physical proximity focusing on the dentists and a number of other professional groups.

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COVID trauma response: pandemics require trauma-informed mental health support

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Sarah Steeg reviews the new trauma-informed guidance for healthcare workers, developed by the COVID Trauma Response Working Group from UCL and the Camden and Islington NHS Trust. The guidance aims to provide a coordinated, trauma-informed and evidence-based psychological response to the COVID outbreak.

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Feeling the burn: do interventions to prevent burnout in doctors work?

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Chris Pell summarises a recent systematic review and meta-analysis about interventions to prevent and reduce physician burnout.

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Inter-professional working between general practice and social care

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Tanya Moore discusses a small study on inter-professional working between social care and general practice and finds evidence of misunderstanding.

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