Melvyn M Jones

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OBJECTIVES e-Health refers to the organisation and delivery of health services and information using the internet and related technologies. We investigated the perceptions of primary care staff towards e-health initiatives in the NHS Connecting for Health programme and whether front-line staff are ready to implement such changes. DESIGN Twenty(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of opt-in compared with opt-out recruitment strategies on response rate and selection bias. DESIGN Double blind randomised controlled trial. SETTING Two general practices in England. PARTICIPANTS 510 patients with angina. INTERVENTION Patients were randomly allocated to an opt-in (asked to actively signal willingness(More)
Consent bias in research: how to avoid it Consent bias, also known as authorisation bias or volunteer bias, is described as a systematic error in creating patient groups, such that they differ with respect to study outcome. That is, the groups differ in measured or unmeasured baseline characteristics because of the way participants were selected or(More)
INTRODUCTION Intercalated BScs (iBScs) are an optional part of undergraduate (UG) medicine courses in UK, Eire, Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies, Hong Kong, South Africa and Canada, consisting of advanced study into a particular field of medicine, often combined with research. They potentially improve students' skills and allow exploration of(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to assess young people's perceptions of being offered a chlamydia screening test in United Kingdom (UK) general practice. METHODS This is qualitative study that uses focus groups and individual interviews with young adults (age 16 - 18) to assess their views. RESULTS These young adults were a difficult group to(More)
BACKGROUND Intercalated BScs (iBScs) are an optional part of the medical school curriculum in many Universities. Does undertaking an iBSc influence subsequent student performance? Previous studies addressing this question have been flawed by iBSc students being highly selected. This study looks at data from medical students where there is a compulsory iBSc(More)
BACKGROUND Angina is a common chronic condition, largely managed in primary care in the UK. Mortality data are predominately from population or hospital studies with little known about the prognosis of angina in general practice settings. OBJECTIVE To describe the prognosis of angina in patients identified in primary care. METHODS DESIGN Systematic(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary heart disease is more common among some ethnic minority groups (particularly people from the Indian sub-continent living in Europe and North America) and in socially deprived populations. Hospital studies in the United Kingdom (UK) suggest that these groups have less access to treatment for coronary heart disease. Studies from primary(More)
Objective To compare rates of local reactions associated with two needle sizes used to administer routine immunisations to infants. Design Randomised controlled trial. Setting Routine immunisation clinics in eight general practices in Buckinghamshire. Participants Healthy infants attending for third primary immunisation due at 16 weeks of age: 119 infants(More)
BACKGROUND Doctors have high levels of self-treatment, investigation and referral, but little is known about how medical students seek health care. Methods We carried out a questionnaire survey of Year 2 and 4 students, exploring their health-seeking behaviour and attitudes to self-care. SETTING A London medical school. RESULTS The response rate was(More)