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2012-03-15 17:05:16

Do some trusts deliver a consistently better experience for patients? An analysis of patient experience across acute care surveys in English NHS trusts Some NHS trusts consistently outperform others on a range of measures of patient experience, finds research published online in BMJ Quality & Safety. Furthermore, the top performers tend to be Foundation Trusts and teaching hospitals, the study shows. Patient experience is one of the five domains for assessing NHS performance (NHS...

2012-03-01 11:21:37

A novel system for processing embryos during IVF treatment has been shown to significantly improve the chances of pregnancy — by more than a quarter. Pioneered by a Newcastle team of fertility experts at the University and within the NHS, the innovative design of interlinked incubators provides a totally enclosed and controlled environment within which every step of the IVF process can be performed. Research published today in the journal PLoS ONE reveals that the introduction of...

2012-02-17 11:05:09

Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London are aiming to improve the health of Londoners by combining a century-old mapping technique with up-to-the-minute technology. Using type 2 diabetes as their example, the researchers have compiled detailed maps of east London highlighting the geographical 'hotspots' of disease risk. The maps, which are published today in BMJ Open reveal startling similarities to the renowned 'poverty maps' created in the late 19th Century by Victorian...

2012-02-14 00:08:31

Patients' ratings of hospitals tally with objective measures of the hospital's performance, according to an independent study published today in Archives of Internal Medicine. Since 2008, patients have been able to post comments on and rate hospitals using the NHS Choices website, in the same way as they might rate a hotel on Tripadvisor. The system's proponents suggest that it helps patients to choose the best services, but no previous study has investigated whether these online ratings...

2012-02-02 09:18:53

Researchers at The University of Manchester have for the first time shown a positive link between improvements in mental health services and a reduction in suicide rates. Their research is published in The Lancet today (Thursday) in a study by the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness, based at the University's Centre for Mental Health and Risk. Using nine national recommendations for safer services made by the National Confidential...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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