Guidance for Metrics to Improve Patient Care

People with long-term conditions, multiple long-term conditions, and those at the end-of-life could see their care better tailored to their needs, as the first openly-available comprehensive resource of measures relating to patient experience and person-centred care is published in a single guide for commissioners. Not only is the new guide invaluable to commissioners, it is [...]

By |2017-07-21T14:24:31+01:00July 21st, 2017|Palliative Care|0 Comments

Why Fewer Blood Cancer Patients Receive Hospice Care

Research has shown that patients with blood cancers are less likely to enroll in hospice care than patients with solid cancers, and the findings from a national survey suggest that concerns about the adequacy of hospice may prevent blood cancer specialists from referring their patients. Published in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer [...]

By |2017-07-21T14:22:30+01:00July 21st, 2017|Palliative Care|0 Comments

New Resource for Carers Supporting Terminal Ill

Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) and the All-Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) have developed a new resource to help carers providing support to a person who needs palliative care. Caring for Carers is dedicated to carers providing core information for family members or friends who are providing support to a person who needs palliative [...]

By |2017-07-21T14:19:36+01:00July 21st, 2017|Palliative Care|0 Comments

Inadequate Action Over Genetic Causes of Inherited Heart Conditions

Six-in-10 patients living with inherited heart conditions face long delays before receiving a diagnosis as their symptoms are attributed to other conditions, according to a survey from the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The nation’s heart research charity surveyed people living with an inherited heart condition in the UK (2) and found that of those who [...]

By |2017-07-20T10:13:41+01:00July 20th, 2017|Cardiology|0 Comments

Statin Concerns Preventing Stroke Survivors from Taking Medication

Negative media coverage of the side-effects associated with taking statins, and patients’ own experiences of taking the drugs, are among the reasons cited by stroke survivors and their carers for stopping taking potentially life-saving drugs, according to recently-published research. Individuals who have had a stroke are at risk of a second stroke, which carries a [...]

By |2017-07-20T10:12:24+01:00July 20th, 2017|Cardiology|0 Comments

See-Through Heart Tissue Reveals Hidden Complexity

A technique borrowed from neuroscience to see through brain tissue is helping scientists to see the fine structure of the heart. Using an existing approach, a team from Imperial College, London has been able to turn samples of heart tissue transparent, revealing the complex networks of tiny blood vessels which supply the tissue as well [...]

By |2017-07-20T10:10:52+01:00July 20th, 2017|Cardiology|0 Comments

Genetic Tests Identify Relative Risk of 25 Cancer-Associated Mutations

In the largest study of its kind, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Fox Chase Cancer Centre in Philadelphia have analysed the genetic test results, family histories and disease status of nearly 95,600 women who underwent genetic testing for 25 mutations associated with the development of breast and ovarian cancer. Some of [...]

By |2017-07-07T10:24:36+01:00July 10th, 2017|Oncology|0 Comments