18 11, 2019

Can equity be measured as accurately as quality?


Paper of the Week: 18th November 2019 This week’s blog is brought to you by: Professor Sir Muir Gray Full reference and title from the journal: Whitehead J. et al (2019), How can the spatial equity of health services be defined and measured? A systematic review of spatial equity definitions and methods, Journal of Health Services Research & Policy Vol. 24(4) 270–278, DOI: 10.1177/1355819619837292. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1355819619837292?journalCode=hsrb Authors conclusion There appeared to be general agreement that spatial equity is difficult to define…Although a wide variety of methods were used, the Gini coefficient was identified as the most common method of spatial equity analysis. 3V bottom line Equity is difficult to measure accurately but it should be included in every report [...]

Can equity be measured as accurately as quality?2019-11-18T11:02:01+00:00
13 02, 2019

Issue of the month – February 2019: End of Life Care


Authors: Dr Karen Chumbley, Medical Director, St Helena Hospice and Dr Tim Wilson, 3V Bottom Line Much progress has been made since the End of Life strategy was published by the NHS in 2008. But more needs to be done; depending on where you live will alter the chance that you will die in the place you wish. For people dying with some conditions, more work is needed. And sadly, inequity appears to persist, even at this most moment in our life. We might hope that when we are dying, the health and care services, and the voluntary sector would work together to achieves the outcomes we wish. Multiple surveys have confirmed, for instance, that most people would [...]

Issue of the month – February 2019: End of Life Care2019-02-13T08:55:47+00:00
7 11, 2018

Paper of the week 07.11.18: Progress in clinical research in surgery and IDEAL


Reference: Progress in clinical research in surgery and IDEAL. Peter McCulloch et al (2018) Lancet 2018; 392: 88–94 This weeks paper of the week is brought to you by Professor Sir Muir Gray, 3V Executive Director. Bottom line “The Idea, Development, Exploration, Assessment, and Long-term Follow-up (IDEAL) Framework and Recommendations specify desirable qualities for surgical studies, and outline an integrated evaluation pathway for surgery, and similar complex interventions. We used the IDEAL Recommendations to assess methodological progress in surgical research over time, assessed the uptake and influence of IDEAL, and identified the challenges to further methodological progress. Comparing studies from the periods 2000–04 and 2010–14, we noted apparent improvement in the use of standard outcome measures, adoption of [...]

Paper of the week 07.11.18: Progress in clinical research in surgery and IDEAL2018-11-07T15:21:45+00:00