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What It’s Like to Be a Patient With the N.H.S. - The patient voice

What It’s Like to Be a Patient With the N.H.S. - The patient voice | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
Readers tell us about their experiences with Britain’s National Health Service.
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There are many challenges facing hospitals and healthcare in the modern world we are living in. I've created this curation collection to save articles that help me understand what modern health in society is.  The articles here are general in nature and placed here to promote discussion. We advise that you talk with your health professional before changing any of your medication or treatment options.  Any of the online courses listed here may (or may not) be open for access or enrolment. Most are free to browse, some may charge a small fee if you wish to receive a certificate or record of learning.   Every effort is made to ensure that these links are up to date and be aware that some of these articles may be behind a 'paywall'. If you can’t get into an article, email me and I may be able to assist.  Views are my own.
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Work Begins On Australia's First Heart Hospital

Work Begins On Australia's First Heart Hospital | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
Work has begun on Australia's first heart hospital to be built here in Melbourne. The 500 million dollar centre is set to offer life changing treatment to thousands of patients.
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Digital diagnosis: How your smartphone or wearable device could forecast illness

If you carry your smartphone with you everywhere, then the data it tracks could provide a comprehensive picture of your health – and alert you if it begins to deteriorate.
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Health Check: how much physical activity is enough in older age?

It's never too late to start exercising, and age isn't a reason to stop either.
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The five stages of grief don't come in fixed steps – everyone feels differently

The process of grieving can happen in stages. But these stages are rarely experienced in the same way by one bereaved person and another.
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Advice From Health Care’s Power Users - The New York Times

Advice From Health Care’s Power Users - The New York Times | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
When you’re sick, the health care system can be scary and confusing. But in a recent survey, seriously ill Americans shared some hard-won wisdom.
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From peaceful coexistence to potential peril: the bacteria that live in and on us

Millions of bacteria live on our skin without making us sick. It's when they manage to get through that they can be dangerous – particularly if they're resistant to antibiotics.
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Please don't dismiss the PC inquiry into mental health as 'just another inquiry' by @afels1

The strength of the Productivity Commission inquiry is that it will use an economic rather than a purely health lens.
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How to make work menopause-friendly: don't think of it as a problem to be managed

Menopause at work is about creating a supportive environment for women, not managing menopause.
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Planning for death must happen long before the last few days of life

In the final days of life, it may be too late to choose how you want to die, who you want to be cared by, and how you'd like your symptoms managed.


Up to 60% of acute patients are admitted to hospital out-of-hours when frequently only junior doctors can care for them. A junior doctor can provide short-term management plans but is often poorly equipped for longer-term goals and to deliver empathetic and clear end-of-life care conversations.


During business hours, senior and more experienced doctors will review patients and provide better, longer-term management plans, which can include referral to specialist palliative care teams. These teams relieve the suffering of patients and their families by comprehensively assessing and treating physical, psychological and spiritual symptoms.

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Overdiagnosis 'epidemic' the target of new alliance of Australian medical professionals

Overdiagnosis 'epidemic' the target of new alliance of Australian medical professionals | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
An alliance of doctors, patients, researchers and public organisations is developing a plan to deal with what it describes as an unacceptable level of overdiagnosis in Australia.
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New blood test could spare cancer patients from needless chemotherapy after surgery

We have no reliable way of knowing which patients' cancer will return after surgery, so often chemotherapy is given to mop up any remaining cancer cells that may have gone undetected.
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'I'm 33 and have been living in aged care for eight years'

'I'm 33 and have been living in aged care for eight years' | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
I’m 33 and I live in a dementia ward, which is exactly as bad as you imagine.

But I’m not here because I have dementia. I’m here because it is the quietest (except when the residents are yelling), least perfume-saturated ward. I need my environment to be quiet and chemical free because I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) and ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) sometimes called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS).
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MayoClinic Employees on Twitter: "In June, a troll w/no relationship to Mayo Clinic tweeted a false, inflammatory message that led Twitter to suspend his account until he deleted the tweet (see bel...

It's a hoax. Please help us correct it.
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Another example of social media risk for organisations and individuals. However, while we should always be careful, we should not stop using this communication medium because of a few silly people.
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Helping Health Care Workers Avoid Burnout

While physicians, nurses, and other staff showed equivalent levels of activation in our study, all are sure to benefit from initiatives that increase the meaning that they find in their work. But because the correlation between engagement and activation is greatest among the non-MD/nurse workforce, this critical group of employees in particular might benefit from reminders that their efforts are even more important to patient care than they may think — opening up a potential strategy for improving organizational culture that has been largely overlooked up to now.

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When women got pills for hysteria and advice to keep vaginas clean

When women got pills for hysteria and advice to keep vaginas clean | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
A Royal College of Nursing exhibition charts the strange, sometimes disturbing history of women's healthcare.
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Surviving breast cancer four times and how one trip to the GP changed a life forever

Surviving breast cancer four times and how one trip to the GP changed a life forever | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
Adele Given is 45 and understands the gruelling process of surviving breast cancer better than most. After four diagnoses, she accepts her ongoing battle is a part of her life.
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The power of peer support: How sharing lived experience of mental illness offers 'a different kind of hope' 

The power of peer support: How sharing lived experience of mental illness offers 'a different kind of hope'  | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
Sharing stories of mental illness to support others in a similar situation is known in the mental health sector as "peer support". And for some people, it can create an important sense of hope.
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Bond academics tackle the pitfalls of trusting ‘Dr Google’ at Bond Research Week

Researchers from Bond University’s Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice are on a mission to stop medical misinformation from exploiting the sick and vulnerable. In an era of ‘fake news’, wellness-promoting celebrities and unprecedented access to information, Bond University medical researcher and founder of popular maternal website Not Just Mum Dr Amanda McCullough will join colleagues to teach workshop participants how to sort fact from fiction when consulting Dr Google.
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'Loneliness minister' proposed to tackle Australian social isolation

'Loneliness minister' proposed to tackle Australian social isolation | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
Social isolation affects one in 10 Australians, while one in six experience periods of emotional loneliness.

It is not a trivial problem. The health impacts of chronic social isolation have the same implications for heart disease and stroke as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, a UK study found.

Loneliness is linked to increased mental health issues, increased risk of chronic health issues such as diabetes, and even early death. Lonely people are more likely to go to the doctor, creating a healthcare burden akin to obesity. As the Australian population gets older, rates of social isolation are expected to increase.
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How one doctor's dream funnelled $1.3 trillion away from tobacco companies

How one doctor's dream funnelled $1.3 trillion away from tobacco companies | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
For the first time Australians will be able to easily see whether their hard-earned money is flowing to tobacco companies.
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How 'Mad' Are You? tries to be sensitive about mental illness. So why does it make me squirm?

How 'Mad' Are You? tries to be sensitive about mental illness. So why does it make me squirm? | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
SBS’s reality show speaks frankly about mental illness. But where does its inspirational rhetoric leave those of us who don’t recover?
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The flu that transformed the 20th Century

The flu that transformed the 20th Century | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
The Spanish flu emerged as the world was recovering from years of global war. It was to have some surprising and far-reaching effects.
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How a bench and a team of grandmothers can tackle depression

How a bench and a team of grandmothers can tackle depression | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
Zimbabwe is pioneering a groundbreaking mental health programme with stunning results – and the rest of the world is taking note.
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New autism guidelines aim to improve diagnostics and access to services

Current rules about who meets the eligibility criteria for autism support services are patchy and inconsistent, meaning those with the greatest need don't necessarily have the greatest access.
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Helping Pediatricians Care for Transgender Children

Helping Pediatricians Care for Transgender Children | Hospitals and Healthcare | Scoop.it
A new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics tries to guide doctors and dispel myths about growing up with gender identity questions.
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