Myfanwy Morgan

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Half of the people with epilepsy (PWE) in the UK experience seizures and 13-18% attend emergency medical services (EMS) annually. The majority of attendances are regarded as clinically unjustified. This study describes PWE explanations for using EMS. A nested qualitative study, part of a larger study based in three South London hospitals, was conducted.(More)
Some people with chronic epilepsy (PWE) make clinically unnecessary, and potentially avoidable, visits to hospital emergency departments. Whilst expensive, it is not known how to reduce them. We recently conducted the first trial of an epilepsy-nurse specialist intervention which aimed to optimise self-management skills in PWE attending emergency(More)
This paper aims to estimate the service and social costs of headache presenting in primary care and to identify predictors of headache costs. Patients were recruited from GP practices in England and service use and lost employment recorded. Predictors of cost were identified using regression models. Service and social costs were available on 288 and 282(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine levels of blood pressure monitoring and control in primary care and to determine the effect of social deprivation on these levels. DESIGN Retrospective longitudinal survey, 2005 to 2007. SETTING General practices in England. PARTICIPANTS Data obtained from 8515 practices (99.3% of all practices) in year 1, 8264 (98.3%) in year(More)
BACKGROUND Teaching people with epilepsy to identify and manage seizure triggers, implement strategies to remember to take antiepileptic drugs, implement precautions to minimize risks during seizures, tell others what to do during a seizure and learn what to do during recovery may lead to better self-management. No teaching programme exists for adults with(More)
BACKGROUND Despite being a core business of medicine, end of life care (EoLC) is neglected. It is hampered by research that is difficult to conduct with no common standards. We aimed to develop evidence-based guidance on the best methods for the design and conduct of research on EoLC to further knowledge in the field. METHODS The Methods Of Researching(More)
BACKGROUND There is a need to test the effectiveness of new educational interventions for people with poorly controlled epilepsy. The SMILE (self-management education for adults with poorly controlled epilepsy) trial evaluates a complex service intervention that involves a 2-day self-management course with the aim of improving quality of life and clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Epilepsy is a long-term condition that requires self-management, but currently, there is no well-evaluated epilepsy self-education or self-management intervention in the United Kingdom (UK). AIM The aim of this study was to examine the views and experiences of the first participants of the Self-Management in epILEpsy UK (SMILE UK) program to(More)
BACKGROUND There are widespread concerns about communication and support for patients and families, especially when they face clinical uncertainty, a situation most marked in intensive care units (ICUs). Therefore, we aimed to develop and evaluate an interventional tool to improve communication and palliative care, using the ICU as an example of where this(More)
Illness narratives have mainly focused on individual patients' accounts, and particularly those of people experiencing the onset of chronic illness in mid-life. However, a growing number of older people are spending their later life with their partner, with both experiencing complex morbidities. We examine the shared creation of meanings among older stroke(More)