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OBJECTIVES The nature of public health evidence presents challenges for conventional systematic review processes, with increasing recognition of the need to include a broader range of work including observational studies and qualitative research, yet with methods to combine diverse sources remaining underdeveloped. The objective of this paper is to report(More)
This study formed part of an evaluation of a brief educational intervention for patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES). The sessions provide information, seizure control techniques and management planning. The qualitative component of the research reported here aimed to provide insight into the participants' perceptions following the(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility of implementing two specific Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs), Pain Management and Falls and Fall Risk, developed by the American Medical Directors Association. DESIGN This study used a combined quantitative and qualitative design using a single-group repeated-measures design for the(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE This review was undertaken to determine the effectiveness of contraception service interventions for young people that were delivered in educational settings. DESIGN We conducted a systematic review and narrative synthesis. SETTING Interventions were included where they were delivered in educational institutions, including schools,(More)
UK government policy is encouraging healthcare staff to blur traditional roles, in the drive to increase joint working between practitioners. However, there is currently a lack of clarity regarding the impact that changes to traditional working practice might have on staff delivering the services, or on patient care. In this article, we report findings from(More)
OBJECTIVE To systematically review the literature of factors affecting adherence to Antiretroviral treatment (ART) in Asian developing countries. METHODS Database searches in Medline/Ovid, Cochrane library, CINAHL, Scopus and PsychINFO for studies published between 1996 and December 2010. The reference lists of included papers were also checked, with(More)
BACKGROUND There is increasing interest in innovative methods to carry out systematic reviews of complex interventions. Theory-based approaches, such as logic models, have been suggested as a means of providing additional insights beyond that obtained via conventional review methods. METHODS This paper reports the use of an innovative method which(More)
BACKGROUND There has been a rapid growth in recent years of available technologies for individuals with communication difficulties. Research in the area is currently underdeveloped with practitioners having a limited body of work on which to draw to guide the process of intervention. Concerns have been raised that this newly developed technology may have(More)
While systemic shortcomings in meeting the needs of individuals with progressive chronic illnesses at the end of life have been well documented, there is growing interest in improving both care and quality of life for persons with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For instance, the American Thoracic Society has issued an official(More)
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Stroke care has been at the forefront of the drive to deliver health care by teamworking in the UK. Teamworking is the subject of ongoing audit of stroke provision with measures such as a weekly team meeting being used to evaluate services. A qualitative study was recently undertaken to explore these evaluations and to gain(More)