Andrew P Dickens

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OBJECTIVE To investigate the utility of the GMC patient and colleague questionnaires in assessing the professional performance of a large sample of UK doctors. DESIGN Cross-sectional questionnaire surveys. SETTING Range of UK clinical practice settings. PARTICIPANTS 541 doctors gave preliminary agreement to take part in the study. Responses were(More)
BACKGROUND Since 2000, out-of-hours primary medical care services in the UK have undergone major changes in the organisation and delivery of services in response to recommendations by the Carson Review and more recently, through the new General Medical Services Contract (GMS2). People calling their general practice in the evening or at weekends are(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Provision of out-of-hours care in the UK National Health Service (NHS) has changed in recent years with new models of provision and the introduction of national quality requirements. Existing survey instruments tend to focus on users' satisfaction with service provision; most were developed without undertaking supporting qualitative(More)
AIM To examine whether different methods of administration of a patient questionnaire (PQ) assessing a doctor's professional performance can influence the quality of data collected. BACKGROUND Patient surveys are important information sources regarding a doctor's professional performance. Previous research across a range of patient outcomes suggests that(More)
Cohort Profile: The Birmingham Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Cohort Study P. Adab, D.A. Fitzmaurice, A.P. Dickens,* J.G. Ayres, H. Buni, B.G. Cooper, A.J. Daley, A. Enocson, S. Greenfield, K. Jolly, S. Jowett, K. Kalirai, J.L. Marsh, M.R. Miller, R.D. Riley, W.S. Siebert, R.A. Stockley, A.M. Turner, K.K. Cheng and R.E. Jordan Institute of(More)
I document evidence of ethnic favoritism in 164 language groups across 35 African countries using a new computerized lexicostatistical measure of relative similarity between each language group and their incumbent national leader. I measure patronage with night light luminosity, and estimate a positive effect of linguistic similarity off of changes in the(More)
Self-management support for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients is recommended by UK national guidelines, but extent of implementation is unknown. We aimed to describe self-management behaviour and support among COPD patients and explore behaviour associated with having a self-management plan. We undertook cross-sectional analysis of(More)
BACKGROUND Given that physical activity (PA) has a positive impact on COPD symptoms and prognosis, this study examined the factors that both encourage and limit participation in PA for individuals with COPD in a primary care setting from the perspective of social cognitive theory. METHODS A purposive sample of 26 individuals with a range of COPD severity(More)
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