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Antibiotics: Managing common infections Part 1

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Antibiotics provide limited benefit for symptom relief in acute respiratory infection. What are the drivers of prescribing? How common are adverse outcomes?
Does prescribing provide protection? Professor Michael Moore, Professor of Primary Health Care Research at the University of Southampton, discusses using antibiotics to manager acute respiratory tract illness.


Scoring systems and audit to improve antimicrobial prescribing decisions in primary care

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Antimicrobial resistance is a serious threat to health caused by overuse of antibiotics. Scoring systems for commonly presenting conditions can help to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing. Similarly audits of prescribing behaviour can lead to long term improvement in decisions for both when to prescribe and the choice of antimicrobials used in primary care. Dr Graham Duce, RCGP Clinical Champion for TARGET Antibiotics, explains more.


NICE quality standards – supporting quality improvement

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We know that GPs are committed to continuously improving the quality of the services they provide to patients, and quality improvement is a key part of general practice today. Find out how NICE quality standards can support general practice teams to implement quality improvement and ensure they are providing the best possible care for patients.


PACE-UP primary care walking programme

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The PACE-UP primary care 12-week pedometer-based walking intervention was shown in randomised controlled trials to be effective and is now suitable to implement within all UK practices. Participants aged 45 to 75 increased their moderate-to-vigorous physical activity levels by around a third, and maintained this three years on, with significant reductions in cardiovascular events and fractures.


Veterans’ mental health and the GP

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There are 2.4 million veterans in the UK – similar to the number of diabetics. Mental health problems can be a real issue for veterans with causes often linked to their time in the military. As we approach Remembrance Sunday, Brigadier Robin Simpson, RCGP Clinical Champion for Veterans Health, discusses veterans’ mental health and how GPs can support people who served.


Quality Improvement: A team approach to improving clinical effectiveness in Southwark

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GP, Dr Payam Torabi from Park Medical Centre in Southwark outlines how Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group and GP federations and practices are working together to reduce variation in the quality of care in the local area.


RCGP Annual Conference: Celebrating excellence in primary care research

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Celebrating excellence in primary care research is an important part of the Research Programme at the RCGP. Catch up on the RCGP Research Awards presented at the RCGP Annual Conference 2019.


RCGP Research Paper of the Year 2018: The BATHE Study

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Evidence shows that adding emollients into bath water is unlikely to help childhood eczema. Dr Miriam Santer, Winner of the RCGP Research Paper of the Year 2018, discusses her study on emollient bath additives for treating childhood eczema (BATHE) and how this might impact clinical practice.


Do I prescribe too many antibiotics? What’s appropriate?

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Dr Tessa Lewis, Chair of NICE Managing Common Infections Committee, looks at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and Public Health England antibiotic prescribing guidelines. Dr Lewis outlines how these guidelines can support the challenge of identifying patients who are most and least likely to benefit from antibiotics and to support prescribing appropriately.


WISE GP: championing the Bananarama principle in general practice

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Guidelines play an important role for GPs, but they can’t give answers on how to care for an individual. GPs use generalist wisdom to deliver personal care, but do those outside (or even inside) the general practice profession fully understand what that is? Professor Joanne Reeve, WISE GP lead and Professor of Primary Care Research, Hull York Medical School, discusses WISE GP, a new initiative championing the wisdom of daily practice.

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