Back in 2015, a vision of the Sustainable Development Goals was a world in which every child could survive and thrive. Worldwide, over 250 million children worldwide are at risk of not achieving their full developmental potential. While improving survival rates is, of course, still very much on the global agenda for newborns and children, […]
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GUEST POST: Is “sitting on your hands” an option these days for babies with bronchiolitis?
Paediatric doctors and nurses have long been dismayed that we have no useful interventions (other than supportive therapy) for babies with bronchiolitis. We have known for decades that using nebulisers, doing chest x-rays, and starting antibiotics are generally pointless for most infants with bronchiolitis – they are more likely to lead to overtreatment and harm […]
GUEST POST: Primary Care Paediatrics…Is this the future for service provision?
As junior doctors, we often feel there is no time to effect change in a short rotation through a department. Having taken time out of training, I have had the opportunity to witness how change can, and does happen within the NHS. I’ve observed how one inspirational consultant working a rural DGH had the vision […]
GUEST BLOG: The R Word
By Anna Baverstock Resilience has for many become an unmentionable word. It is also a ‘trigger’ word. Often generating an intensely negative reaction in some, that then negates anything that may be discussed after. My role as Associate Director of Medical Education (ADME) with responsibility for supporting junior doctors enables me to meet with many […]
More than numbers: Why use focus groups?
Dr Jess Morgan, working in the University of York, has taken time out from writing up a massive mixed-methods study to splurge on why you might like to use focus groups in your research study. You see, they aren’t just a way of getting a tonne of interviews done without having to do all the […]
(Guest post) No more broken backs
In this guest post, Gabriella Morley reflects on her experience as a just-qualified doctor in paediatrics in Birmingham, UK, and what the experience of the “Learning From Excellence” model feels like to those under the greatest strain at the moment – junior doctors in England. It could probably be said that this was one of the most […]
Guest Post: Asking questions – engaging children and young people in healthcare
Listening to children, young people and their families enables us to get a better picture of what it is like for them, their lives and experiences, this in turn enhances our practise and impacts on the service we can effect and deliver. How-ever each presentation is unique in nature, each patient is individual, and a […]
Guest Post: Experience of running a PPI group
We’ve discussed before on this blog the possible benefits of public/patient involvement in research, and how it might be done, but in this guest post from Jemma Cleminson we get an insight into the challenges of doing it in real life. With many of the big funders of research now expecting involvement of patients and the public […]
Guest Blog: Do All Roads Lead to Rome?
Back in the mists of time, you may recall we described EBM as the combination of best evidence, clinical expertise and patient values. Which is pretty straightforward. But how to tell you have the best evidence might be a bit tricky – the RAMBo and FAST routes can appraise what you’ve got, but how to tell if […]
Guest post: The scary thing about research
You know that question that always comes up after a journal club/critical review of a paper session – “so where do we go from here?” and you also know the standard answer – “more research is needed”. Have you ever thought about why you use that answer? Well, firstly, its what we were taught from […]