Primary Care Report, Vol. 5, May 29th 2003, p.22-25
The article discusses how primary care trusts could do more to tackle alcohol misuse by:
not yet dependent on alcohol;
Community practitioner, Vol. 76, 2003, p.202-203
The article discusses the need to build an evidence-base for "what work" in health visiting and the value of inter-agency working in provision of children's services.
Primary Care Report, Vol. 5, May 29th 2003, p.4-7
The article reports continuing opposition amongst GPs to the proposed general medical services contract. Many may opt for the alternative personal medical services contract instead.
London: Leonard Cheshire, 2003
The report finds that disabled people face significantly greater difficulties in accessing primary healthcare services than the general population. Man of these difficulties arise form inadequate communication, inflexible service delivery patterns and inappropriate attitudes about disabled people's abilities. Primary care trysts are failing many disabled people and have no plans to address this.
Primary Care Report, Vol. 5, May 29th 2003, p.26-27
Foundation status will be initially available to hospitals only with primary care organisations being excluded. The article argues that the benefits of foundation status should also be offered to primary care trusts. Foundation status would help PCTs to hold powerful hospitals to account.
Primary Care Report, Vol. 5, June 11th 2003, p.28-29
The article discusses the role of the National Primary Care Trust Development Programme in helping primary care organisations to realise their potential.
Health Which? June 2003, p.16-19
Drug companies aggressively market their products to doctors in order to maximise their profits. They are now seeking authorisation to directly market prescription drugs to patients in the UK and Europe. This practice is currently outlawed except in the USA and New Zealand. They are also suspected of inventing non-existent ailments to boost sales.
T. Gosdere and others
Health Policy, Vol. 64, 2003, p.415-423
The study evaluated the impact of the experimental introduction of salaried contracts in England on GP behaviour and quality of care. Ten practices of standard contract GPs were compared with ten salaried GP practices. GPs in salaried practices spent less time on practice administration but more working out of hours and in direct patient care, allowing more patients to be seen. Salaried GPs tended to provide shorter consultations and prescribe in fewer consultations but referral rates were similar. Total list sizes were smaller in salaried compared with standard contract practices, but lists per GP were higher because of staffing policies. However, none of these differences were statistically significant.
Primary Care Report, Vol. 5, June 11th 2003, p. 32-35
Pharmacies in the northeast are reducing pressure on hospital outpatient clinics by moving blood clotting activity tests traditionally performed in secondary care to a primary care setting.
Health Service Journal, Vol. 113, June 26th 2003, p.34
Discusses how better communication between GPs and hospitals could improve care for cancer patients.
Primary Care Report, Vol. 5, June 11th 2003, p.16-17
Over the past ten years, increasing centralised control and bureaucracy have demoralised GPs. The article argues that giving practices foundation status would boost morale, solve the GP recruitment crisis and improve services.