The Mental Health Foundation has published Prevention Review: Landscape Paper. This paper launches a series of reviews which examine prevention activity at different stages of the life course and pay particular attention to pressure points such as transitions and particular vulnerability and exposure to adversity associated with this life stage.
The paper argues that this will require the backing and support of national bodies and policy-makers, and fundamental changes to the role of commissioning in the NHS.
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British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Following a systematic review of studies analysing prescribing behaviours and errors by junior doctors this paper details a prototype tool for training junior doctors non-technical skills to reduce error rates.
This report makes the case for changing the way patient safety is approached in the NHS. It argues that change is needed in: how safety is understood, how safety is improved, and how risk is perceived.
While the number of antibiotic prescriptions is coming down across England, GP practices in the most deprived parts of the country are prescribing 20% more and, of concern, antibiotic prescriptions are on the increase in these deprived areas.
Report notes that in absence of robust data, it is difficult to provide a definitive assessment of state of mental health services. What is clear is that it is a sector under huge pressure with funding cut in recent years and widespread evidence of poor-quality care.
Study conducted in New Zealand (n=17,363) found non-collection of prescription items because of cost was associated with a subsequent decline in health (0.11 unit worsening in self-rated health, 1.0 unit decline in physical health, and 1.69 unit decline in mental health scores).