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    Infection: is it a question of control?

    2020-02-28T17:15:00Z

    Coronavirus disease 2019 , otherwise known as COVID-19, has been a hot topic for the start of 2020. How worried should we be? Are we currently living the opening chapters of a dystopian novel, or is this mainstream media hype? At the time of writing, Public Health ...

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    What does it mean to be a specialist generalist?

    2020-01-20T17:09:00Z

    A career in general practice is a demanding one and the skills and attributes required are many and varied. GPs need to demonstrate empathy, compassion, and the ability to motivate others; they need to have good consultation skills, decision-making skills (what tests/examinations are required? Should the patient ...

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    What has happened in 2019, and what is in store for 2020?

    2019-12-16T15:43:00Z

    Around this time of year it feels appropriate to stop and think about all that has been achieved over the last 12 months. As always, our priority has been covering new and updated clinical guidance, focusing on the aspects that are relevant to primary care. Throughout 2019, ...

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    Do you use algorithms to support your decision making?

    2019-11-11T16:19:00Z

    I am not ashamed to say that I love algorithms. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well an algorithm must be worth at least that. Medical algorithms, flow diagrams, decision trees—whatever you choose to call them—are useful tools that can be used to ...

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    Use teachable moments to motivate smokers to quit

    2019-10-14T16:24:00Z

    Stoptober is an annual campaign aimed at helping people with their efforts to give up smoking. Support is available in many forms: smokers who are trying to quit can download the Stoptober app, sign up for daily motivational emails, join an online chat group, get a personalised ...

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    Sharing is caring

    2019-09-16T16:25:00Z

    There are many diseases and conditions for which care is shared across primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare providers, sometimes through formal shared-care arrangements or via ad-hoc referral of patients as and when needed. In these instances, communication and collaboration are paramount to achieving the best outcomes for ...

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    How does BMI affect contraceptive choice?

    2019-06-17T09:27:00Z

    Obesity is an increasingly important public health concern; in 2017, 64% of adults in England were overweight or obese and the prevalence is increasing. 1 Aside from the significant associated health issues such as an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and several types ...

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    How do you keep up to date with the latest clinical guidance?

    2019-04-15T09:21:00Z

    Guidance continually needs to be updated to ensure that it remains credible, relevant, and aligned with the latest evidence. NICE routinely assesses its guidelines every 5 years to check that they are up to date, and guidelines are also assessed and updated in response to relevant events, ...

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    Tailoring care to find the perfect fit

    2019-03-28T10:08:00Z

    When I’m not sat behind a desk with my Editor hat on, one of my hobbies is sewing (bear with me on this, it is loosely relevant). Last year, I embarked on my most ambitious project to date: I made my own wedding dress. One thing ...

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    Who manages patients with chronic conditions in your practice?

    2019-02-24T11:51:00Z

    There was a lot of discussion last month around the announcement of the NHS Long Term Plan and what this means for general practice— Dr Jonathan Griffiths reflects on this in the View from the ground piece . Further details have since emerged ...

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    What difference does sex make?

    2019-01-21T14:23:00Z

    The health problems faced by men and women differ because of important biological and anatomical differences. Many of these differences are explained, in one way or another, by the reproductive system. The January 2019 issue of Guidelines in Practice features three topics that bear particular relevance ...