Monthly Archives: August 2012

Five-year follow-up of a one-year self-management program for patients with COPD

Lomundal B.K. et al. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 2012; 7: 87-93

This article investigates the long-term effects 4 years after the end of a 1-year self-management program (SMP) with 30 hours of education and 16 hours of physical activity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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Guideline-based survey of outpatient COPD management by pulmonary specialists in Germany

Glaab T. et al. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 2012; 7: 101-108

Little is known about the role of guidelines for the practical management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by office-based pulmonary specialists. The aim of this study was to assess their outpatient management in relation to current guideline recommendations for COPD.

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Assessment of public health impact of work-related asthma

Jaakkola M.S. et al. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 2012; 12:22

Asthma is among the most common chronic diseases in working-aged populations and occupational exposures are important causal agents. Our aims were to evaluate the best methods to assess occurrence, public health impact, and burden to society related to occupational or work-related asthma and to achieve comparable estimates for different populations.

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Peer support in mental health and learning disability

By Mental Health Foundation (August 2012)

This briefing paper provides an overview of peer support in mental health (including dementia) and learning disabilities, based on some of the recent literature. It looks at how peer support can help people to recover, or get more control over their condition, and to live fulfilling lives in their communities.

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A guide to commissioning for equality

By The Royal College of Nursing (2012)

This guide analyses how needs are assessed and how services are introduced to meet these needs. It considers how to achieve equality through knowledge, timeliness, consideration and review. It provides an overview of The Equality Act 2010 and what it means for the public sector and also gives advice for service providers to develop a framework on which to measure their equality outcomes.

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National screening and immunisation programme

By Department of Health (August 2012)

This letter sets out the agreement between the Department of Health, Public Health England and the NHS Commissioning Board on their roles and respective accountabilities in relation to national screening and immunisation programmes after April 2013. It gives details on the future operations of the programmes and covers models of local leadership and coordination functions for screening and immunisation services.

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Clustering of unhealthy behaviours overtime: implications for policy and practice

By The King’ s Fund (August 2012)

People’s lifestyles – whether they smoke, how much they drink, what they eat, whether they take regular exercise – affect their health and mortality. It is well known that each of these lifestyle risk factors is unequally distributed in the population. Less is known about how these behaviours co-occur or cluster in the population and about how these patterns of multiple lifestyle risk have been evolving over time. This paper considers this in the context of the English population and sets out the implications for public health policy and practice that flow from the findings. It reviews the current evidence on multiple lifestyle risks and analyses data from the Health Survey for England on the distribution of these risks in the adult population and how this is changing over time.

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