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This article describes two approaches to obtaining the views of users of health services the selfcompletion questionnaire and the focus group. The theoretical framework of each method will be given along with implications for their use in clinical audit. Practical examples of both are provided,...
The quality of clinical care is a fundamental issue for both providers and recipients. It seems logical for the parties to collaborate. Increasing understanding of each other's values and perceived needs with commitment to incorporating both users' and clinicians' unique perspectives on clinical...
The decision to offer joint replacement surgery should be viewed as entering into a longterm relationship rather than a brief encounter. The rise of consumerism allied to the expansion of general practitioner fundholding and implementation of the Patients' Charter has resulted in increased...
Osteoporosis demands systematic management for optimum use of resources. Guidelines from the Primary Care Rheumatology Society PCRS aim to improve its diagnosis and treatment. We identified all admissions over three months to a district general hospital of patients with fracture of femur,...
Patients without spleens are at risk of septicaemia which is largely preventable by vaccination and prophylactic antibiotics as detailed in several recent guidelines. This study sought to identify all people, in one health district, with a previous splenectomy and treat them according to the...
The Development and Evaluation Committee DEC provides local guidance on the value of new and existing health care technologies, including drugs, devices, procedures and health care settings. The system is made up of two components i literature review and costeffectiveness estimation of the...
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