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BACKGROUND The authors aimed to determine US and UK doctors' professional values and reported behaviours, and the extent to which these vary with the context of care. METHOD 1891 US and 1078 UK doctors completed the survey (64.4% and 40.3% response rate respectively). Multivariate logistic regression was used to compare responses to identical questions in(More)
OBJECTIVE One of the key goals of the current reforms in the English National Health Service (NHS) under the Health and Social Care Act, 2012, is to increase the accountability of those responsible for commissioning care for patients (clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)), while at the same time allowing them a greater autonomy. This study was set out to(More)
BACKGROUND Historically, primary medical care in the UK has been delivered by general practitioners who are independent contractors, operating under a contract, which until 2004 was subject to little performance management. In keeping with the wider political impetus to introduce markets and competition into the NHS, reforms were introduced to allow new(More)
The application of a recently developed broadband beamformer to distinguish audio signals received from different directions is experimentally tested. The beamformer combines spatial and temporal subsampling using a nested array and multirate techniques which leads to the same region of support in the frequency domain for all subbands. This allows using the(More)
—IEEE1149.1 Boundary Scan has become an important test technique within complex IC's and boards in today's electronic assemblies, providing a low cost, high fault coverage test methodology for digital designs. The most common approach is for the IEEE1149.1 test to be performed in factory with test vectors being supplied by external test equipment, however(More)
I, Stephen Harrison, confirm that the work presented in this thesis is my own. Where previous work has been derived from other sources, I confirm that this has been referred to in the thesis. Any images taken from other sources have also been given due credit. 1 Acknowledgements When I think back 12 years to when I sat in my physics class and told myself I(More)