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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)
BACKGROUND Non-invasive ventilation improves quality and quantity of life in patients with motor neurone disease who have respiratory failure. Use of non-invasive ventilation may, however, result in complex clinical issues for end-of-life care, with concerns as to whether and how it should be withdrawn. AIM This study aimed to describe carer and health(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)
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)
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 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)
OBJECTIVE This article reviews the literature in relation to patients receiving copies of health professional correspondence. It examines progress in adopting the practice 3 years on from its introduction as policy in the UK, and considers potential benefits and obstacles to implementation. METHODS A review of the literature on copy correspondence,(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to explore the decision-making process leading up to gastrostomy insertion from the perspective of the patients and their informal carers. Gastrostomy feeding is commonly used to support motor neurone disease patients with dysphagia. However, there is no robust evidence to suggest the optimal timing for gastrostomy insertion. (More)