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Dan Smyth: The European Lung Foundation’s patient organisation day

11 Nov, 16 | by BMJ

dan-smyth_2016This year the European Lung Foundation (ELF) decided to do things a bit differently for the patient organisations attending the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress in London in early September. We have invited patient organisations to the congress for several years, and patient representatives have been involved in many activities during the congress, such as contributing as speakers to give a patient perspective in scientific sessions and attending task forces and meetings relating to EU projects.

This year we wanted to go further and hold a whole day exclusively for patient organisations more…

Claire Copeland: Opening ourselves up to Patient Opinion

9 Nov, 16 | by BMJ

claire_copelandOn 25 October Patient Opinion invited me to a “learning and sharing event for clinicians” in Edinburgh. It was an opportunity to hear from those who have made this feedback service for UK care what it is today.

However, this was no ordinary talking shop. No, more than that it was an opportunity to get a bunch of like minded people in a room with a view to actually doing something. This is what I love about Patient Opinion: its ability to follow through on things.

Founded in 2005, Patient Opinion formed when Dr Paul Hodgkin decided to seek and collect feedback (or stories) from patients and/or their families and carers. more…

Visa headaches and inequalities in attending global health conferences

3 Nov, 16 | by BMJ

Faraz Khalid, Sara Ardila-Gómez, and Kerry Scott

Enthusiastic preparations are underway for the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, which is to be held in Vancouver on 14-18 November 2016. This year’s symposium will bring together over 2000 delegates from around the world. As part of the Emerging Voices for Global Health (EV4GH) program, we are thrilled that the conference seeks to include the voices of scholars, practitioners, activists, and stakeholders from minority, indigenous, and “global south” communities. Run concurrently with the symposium, EV4GH provides training, mentoring, and networking opportunities for young health researchers and professionals with a focus on those from the global south. more…

Desmond O’Neill: Mozart in the ballpark

11 Oct, 16 | by BMJ

Des O Neill 2015A live telecast of The Marriage of Figaro to a baseball stadium from the Kennedy Centre provided a delightful and illuminating synergy with the 2016 conference of the National Centre for Creative Ageing in Washington DC.

After attending the conference’s opening reception at an exhibition of art by older people, we had a short walk to this marvellous cultural mash-up. As dusk descended, a large and diverse crowd filled the bleachers or sat on rugs in the ballpark, carrying trays of French fries and beer. more…

Matthias Wienold: Think of sepsis—a patient’s perspective

30 Sep, 16 | by BMJ

Matthias_WienoldThe case for increased attention to and better management of sepsis is growing. As the first World Sepsis Congress convincingly demonstrated, international and national healthcare authorities, NGOs, policy makers, clinical scientists, researchers, and pioneers in healthcare improvement need to work together to reduce the burden of this disease.

Patients and family members are also among the pioneers of this new sepsis movement. The World Sepsis Congress provided a forum for learning from their stories and endeavours too. more…

Health apps and how to evaluate them: Review of the PHE 2016 conference, part two

20 Sep, 16 | by BMJ

suchita_shahEmbedded in the NHS Five Year Forward View is a sleek, bullet pointed ministerial promise: “an expanding set of NHS accredited health apps that patients will be able to use to organise and manage their own health and care.” Whatever your views might be on ministerial promises, it’s definitely true that digital technology is making its way into mainstream public health. In my previous blog, a roundup of several sessions at the Public Health England (PHE) annual conference, I wrote about how digital technology is partnering with behavioural science to influence the health choices we make. Here, I’ll share what I learned about health apps. more…

Using behavioural science and digital technology to “nudge”: Review of the PHE 2016 conference, part one

19 Sep, 16 | by BMJ

suchita_shahBeing a GP at a public health conference is, I imagine, like being a proctologist at a plumbers’ convention: familiar subject matter, different perspective. I spend a lot of my clinical time advising people about smoking, alcohol, healthy eating, weight loss, mental health, contraception—all sorts of things that have at their core the vagaries of human behaviour—but I’m not sure I do it very well. A tidal wave of long term conditions is flooding the NHS, and I’m always interested to know what new tricks the population health approach has to address these. more…

Tessa Richards: WHO and the politics of health

16 Sep, 16 | by BMJ

Tessa_richardsGaining cross country consensus on joint European strategies to tackle politically and culturally sensitive public health issues is not easy. So it was not surprising perhaps that a decision to adopt an action plan on sexual and reproductive health at the World Health Organization’s 66th Regional Committee meeting in Copenhagen went to the wire.

It started calmly enough, with a detailed account of the wide and protracted prior consultation with the 53 member states, and most delegations expressed high praise for the plan. Suddenly, Turkey and Russia threw last minute googlys more…

Amy Price: The evidence informed patient

14 Sep, 16 | by BMJ

amy_price2The journey
My work in international relief as a psychologist and cognitive rehabilitative consultant did not prepare me to be a trauma patient with brain damage. The injuries showed me we patients need to be full partners in our own healthcare and that we need a bridge. That bridge is evidence and the vehicle through which it travels is relationship and shared knowledge. To build this bridge I reinvented my destiny and trained in evidence based healthcare at the University of Oxford, where I am presently pursuing a doctorate. more…

Dan Smyth: Patient involvement in the European Respiratory Society Congress 2015-16

14 Sep, 16 | by BMJ

dan-smythThe European Lung Foundation (ELF) brings together patients and the public with respiratory professionals to positively influence lung health. ELF works with a network of patient organisations and individuals (via the European Patient Ambassador Programme) who take part in the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress.

The aim of having patient organisations at the congress is to:

• present the patient perspective in scientific and educational sessions
• promote the role of patient organisations
• strengthen the respiratory patient organisation community
• widen the participation of patients and patient organisations in healthcare more…

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