Tracy Ibbotson

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BACKGROUND There is only limited empirical evidence about the effectiveness of opinion leaders as health care change agents. AIM To test the feasibility of identifying, and the characteristics of, opinion leaders using a sociometric instrument and a self-designating instrument in different professional groups within the UK National Health Service. (More)
Central to the provision of high quality clinical placements for nursing and midwifery students are mentors who help engender a positive learning environment. In 2004 the Scottish Executive Health Department (now Scottish Government Health Directorates), NHS Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, NHS Boards and Higher Education Institutions initiated and(More)
The evidence base for the effectiveness of problem-based learning (PBL) has never been substantively established, although PBL is a generally accepted approach to learning in health care curricula. PBL is believed to encourage transferable skills, including problem-solving and team-working. PBL was used to deliver a postgraduate research methods module and(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of four training workshops at the inception of a programme to cascade critical appraisal skills training throughout Scotland. Data were collected from all participants and organizers at four commissioned critical appraisal skills training workshops in Scotland. The collection of data involved three(More)
OBJECTIVES - To investigate associations between uptake for cervical screening in general practice and the organisation of screening, features of practice structure, and deprivation. SETTING - Greater Glasgow Health Board area in the west of Scotland, which covers a socioeconomically varied population. METHODS - General practice questionnaire survey and(More)
In this paper we review epidemiological and other research evidence on cervical cancer and cervical screening. We outline recent research evidence implicating sexually transmitted human papillomavirus as one of the causes of cervical cancer, but stress the uncertainty surrounding the causes and natural history of the disease. We go on to discuss evidence on(More)
Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs) are being used in an increasing proportion of A&E departments across England and Wales. This paper reports the findings of a postal survey sent to all (94) A&E departments in Scotland including the smaller GP run units. The aim of the study was to document the extent and nature of ENP services in Scotland. Nurses were(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate associations between costs and remuneration for cervical screening in general practice in relation to skill mix, features of practice structure and deprivation levels in the local area; and, to identify efficient policies for organising cervical screening in general practice. METHOD Questionnaire survey and interview study in 87(More)
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