Inequality of maternal morbidity in a global pandemic; a clear signal for urgent action

Data emerging from the last three months are highlighting that health inequalities prevail even in global pandemics. This appears to be as true regarding morbidity for pregnant women, as it is out-with a pandemic. Alongside the wider debates about COVID-19 and the observed disparity of impact by ethnicity, we should ensure maternal morbidity and mortality […]

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Authentic Leadership

Catherine Best (@CBest_23) is a public health nurse and an Honorary Visiting Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Bradford, whose research focuses on health inequality.  She is a member of the Phi Mu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, and organisation that works to develop nurse leaders to improve healthcare everywhere. Catherine has written for […]

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Summary of a twitter chat: Autism in healthcare: multiple perspectives.

  This was a fascinating insight into a number of different perspectives on autism in healthcare.  This chat follows on from the previous blog. One of the first tweets into the chat was about how easy it is for someone described by healthcare professionals as ‘somewhere on the spectrum’ fell between the gaps when transitioning […]

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Healthcare and the Arts: An Interdisciplinary collaboration – Summary of Twitter Chat

The fascinating twitter chat this week explored the relationships between healthcare, the arts and humanities. It was facilitated by Mr Ian Walsh, a surgeon and Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast @BigIanbo #ebnjc Very quickly the chat highlighted related arts and health research. One study brought creative writing, objects, archaeology into thinking about death, dying […]

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A work in progress

In our second blog of the week, Shani Shamah, who has had a stroke and now works as an Engagement and Involvement Specialist and a Stroke Advocate and Counsellor from London, describes her experiences and her current involvement in research related activities. Opening the door to the future… My life is still a work in […]

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Mindful Caring: Presence in the Present

Dr Helen Noble, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast Dr Ian Walsh School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast.               The number of older adults with a chronic disease increases annually. Conditions include kidney disease, cardiac disease, dementia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. These lifelong illnesses impact heavily on physical […]

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Patient Educators: how important is the patient in health care professional education? Amelia Swift and Jo Etherton

A friend recently posted a link to a video showing a stereotypical conversation of an orthopaedic surgeon asking an anaesthetist for help because he wanted to repair a fracture. It went something like this… Orthopaedic surgeon (OS): I need to book a case Anaesthetist (A): what’s the story? OS: There is a fracture, I need […]

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Kidney Transplantation and Quality of Life: What We Still Don’t Know.

Dr Clare McKeaveney, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast Kidney transplantation is considered the best treatment choice for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) as it is associated with lower mortality and better psychosocial outcomes when compared to dialysis. It is well established that in most cases, kidney transplantation markedly improves a patient’s quality of […]

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