Conflicts of interest?

The RCGP (where I am an elected council member) have various clinical champions.   One of them is Dr Jill Rasmussen, who is listed as  Jill Rasmussen MBChB FRCGP FFPM DObst DipTher. (2012 – 2015) Dr Jill Rasmussen is one of the clinical champions for Dementia. She is a Primary Care Clinician with special interests in […]

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Inside Health, video calling your GP. 15/4/14

on video link consultations   https://www.gov.uk/government/news/millions-to-benefit-from-improved-gp-care http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/your-practice/practice-topics/access/in-full-approved-bids-for-the-prime-ministers-gp-access-fund/20006419.article#.U00RX_ldU40 http://www.rnzcgp.org.nz/assets/documents/Publications/JPHC/June-2013/JPHCOSPMorganJune2013.pdf http://jtt.sagepub.com/content/16/8/417.full.pdf+html?hwoaspck=true http://www.pifonline.org.uk/web-based-consultations-for-diabetes-using-skype-shows-early-promise/ http://www.afao.org.au/library/hiv-australia/volume-10/vol.-10-number-2/telehealth-in-general-practice-providing-alternative-access-options#.U0zyLvldU40 http://bma.org.uk/news-views-analysis/news/2013/august/talking-telehealth-crossroads-for-consultations http://www.racgp.org.au/download/Documents/Telehealth/2012telehealth_skype.pdf http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21735417 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/imj.12323/full http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23782753   On telehealth  Links via http://margaretmccartney.com/2012/11/15/links-about-telehealth/   On health apps  http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f1811?ijkey=Z0smOczk2xpb6Iz&keytype=ref

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Better ‘as one’? Oh no we’re not

Free link to BMJ column about this company who believe this is how the NHS works. It doesn’t.   TREATMENT WITHOUT AS.ONE. TREATMENT WITH AS.ONE. Week1 CALL YOUR GP SURGERY TO GET AN APPOINTMENT. CALL OUR CONSULTANT TRIAGE TEAM. GET IN FRONT OF A SPECIALIST. Week2 MEET YOUR GP TO DISCUSS YOUR SYMPTOMS. DIAGNOSIS AND […]

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Supplements and systematic reviews

The Guardian published this. The commissioning editor said “1) Examine.com refused to be paid for this article. They refuse to have advertising on their site. Their only source of income is through their supplement guide, which collates the findings on the site. 2) That supplement guide uses a team of scientists to analyse the latest […]

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Inside Health 8/4/14. Flu, and Whole body screening scans and why they are not useful

Oprah Winfrey, 2000 US experience http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/786066 Overview of medical evidence  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15459320 http://www.uptodate.com/contents/full-body-ct-scan-for-screening Useful background http://www.crcpd.org/CT/Self-Referred_Whole-Body_CT_Screening.pdf and from my wonderful friend Hilda Bastian http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/absolutely-maybe/2014/03/23/the-disease-prevention-illusion-a-tragedy-in-five-parts/ Legal issues COMARE http://www.comare.org.uk/12thReportPressRelease.htm “COMARE recommends that regulation of these commercial CT services should be reviewed. We also recommend that clients should be provided with comprehensive information regarding dose and risk of […]

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The breast awareness muddle

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/doi/10.1136/bmj.g2447 New column in the BMJ. (apologies for massive horrible picture, will ask bmj to fix) This is the campaign advert from Scottish government starring Elaine C Smith that I’ve mentioned in some press interviews today I rather like it, as it’s plainly factual and informative – but the problem is that we don’t know […]

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Complaint to the ASA about ‘as one’

  This is the website. https://www.betterasone.co.uk/how-it-works/ It’s very sad to see such a poor description and understanding of general practice. The description of ‘how it works’ on the URL I’ve posted features a time line of ‘normal treatment’ for patients after they have seen their GP. It claims that it takes -a week to get a […]

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