Learnable moments

Sat in my garret, I have only the palest of similarities to Virginia Woolf, but a space to think and reflect as the UK pandemic moves on is a definite opportunity. The common description of evidence-based medicine commences with ‘Ask A Clinical Question’, but omits the step before that; ‘Be Uncomfortable With Your Knowledge’. Being […]

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Don’t Panic Dr Mainwaring!

The novel coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has brought about many changes in what we’ve been doing, some of which might stay and some of which might go. One of the striking things was about how we, as a community, have communicated new aspects, theories, ideas, uncertainties and changes in understanding. Some of the messaging may […]

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In pandemics, clear thinking (and explanations) matter even more

There’s been a flurry of interest about non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) drugs like ibuprofen and the new coronavirus recently. The UK medicine’s safety authority have been clear that there is no good evidence of a link between severe COVID19 disease and NSAIDs, but that this isn’t a lot of evidence. When there’s not much data of […]

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Worries can be worrying

The novel #coronavirus and the #HCID response are leaving many of us, healthcare professionals, anxious and uncertain. The families we look after are almost certainly feeling this MUCH worse than we are, particularly those with children who have chronic, immune altering states. I’m an oncologist, and have been working to explain, support and assure the […]

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#HCIDresponse

High Consequence Infectious Diseases do sound terribly administrative, don’t they? Not as headline grabbing as PANDEMIC or OUTBREAK but calmly checkboxy and quizzical. We blogged previously on the novel coronavirus SARS-Cov-2 / COVID19 and promised some thoughts on how we, child health specialists, should respond to this situation. One thing which keeps being unnerving and […]

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