Mr Jones shuffled into the room. “Good morning, Mr Jones, please take a seat.”
Obligingly Mr Smith settled himself in the little wooden armchair beside the desk, as the GP reclaimed his position at the computer.
“So what seems to be the problem” enquired Dr Smith, eyes fixed on the computer screened.
Mr Jones stared down at his lap. His bony hands cradled one another. He slowly rubbed his thumbs in a soothing rhythmic ritual as he hesitated with his response.
“How’s your appetite? Have you had trouble sleeping or difficulty getting to sleep?” The drilling questioning had begun.
“Well, I haven’t been feeling myself lately. It’s hard to describe.” He paused. Shuffled his feet and slumped forward slightly, curling himself “I feel like …
Our Health Services Research conference took place last week. Guest bloggers Jay Shaw and Anita Kothari, round up the last day and give us their thoughts on the conference overall.
The final day of the conference started with two thought-provoking speakers who invoked a flurry of twitter activity.
Anne Sales, with the University of Michigan, raised the issue of social influences on implementing evidence-based practices. Such influences have a long history grounded in Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovation theory. A recent scoping review of social network studies in health (Chambers, Wilson, Thompson, Harden) found that most studies are descriptive with little emphasis on the aspects of social networks that can be attributed to patterns of diffusion.
Nevertheless, Anne reminded the audience that no single …
This week a few of us here at BioMed Central are off to Boston for ISCB’s annual ISMB conference and its Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings. First thing’s first: We’ll be giving away cool swag like our new Bruce Lee/Kill Bill inspired GigaScience Open Data tshirts. Our 8GB GigaPanda USB drives will also be making a repeat appearance.
Where can you get these? We’ll be at booths #419 and #420 and would love to chat to you about open peer-review and our journals Biology Direct and GigaScience or some of our informatics journals like BMC Bioinformatics, Journal of Biomedical Semantics, and BioData Mining. GigaScience will be celebrating their second birthday at the meeting, …
Our Health Services Research conference continues at King’s College London with its second day. What did we learn? And, what were the highlights? Guest bloggers, Jay Shaw and Anita Kothari, round up Day 2 with their key moments.
Three thematic sessions organized the day: Implementation Science, Health Economics, Health Human Resources and Health Systems. Here’s a flavour of how the day unfolded:
Anna Gagliardi, a Scientist with the Toronto General Research Institute, spoke about the problem of translating clinical practice guidelines into practice. In particular, successful implementation in the user setting is difficult to achieve. Since those who produce guidelines may not have the resources to focus on implementation, this task often falls to the user. Tools are …
Today at our Health Services Research Conference, Professor Trish Greenhalgh announced her new campaign for Real Evidence-Based Medicine. In this guest post, her fellow campaigner Dr Jeremy Howick writes about why we need a renaissance in Evidence-Based Medicine.
A meeting involving critics and proponents of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) took place in September 2013 to discuss how to overcome current problems with EBM.
Led by Trish Greenhalgh, the meeting attendees wrote an editorial that was published last week in the BMJ. The article – Evidence based medicine: a movement in crisis? – argues that the many benefits of EBM have too often been obscured by undesirable and often unintended consequences including:
Misappropriation of EBM by vested interests. These interests …
Our Health Services Research conference kicked off yesterday at King’s College London. But what were the highlights of Day 1? What did we learn? Guest bloggers, Jay Shaw and Anita Kothari, round up the first day with their key moments:
Day 1 was packed full of speakers focused on Health Systems issues. We present some highlights:
Keynote speaker Professor Nicholas May, Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Health Services Research and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, started the day by discussing the relationship between research and policy in today’s climate. He argued that there has been a widespread call for policy evaluation as the way to engage with evidence-based policy making. …
Guest bloggers Jay Shaw and Anita Kothari kick off the 2014 Health Services Research conference with some conversation starters.
Leading up to this conference, Jay Shaw wrote about the importance of connecting with new colleagues for a better understanding of how various disciplines conceptualize problems to health services issues. He also wrote about the need for a globalized perspective regardless of where you actually conduct your research – global forces influence local trends, and vice versa. This perspective involves looking to places you might not typically turn to in the face of complex health challenges. Jay’s arguments for more cross-disciplinarity in our global context was done in the hopes that you might be inspired to reach out and meet new …
Recent developments in genome-editing technologies have turned the biotech industry's dream of mastering nature into a fast approaching reality. Want to change the color of an ear of corn? All you need to do is edit the relevant gene using the CRISPR/Cas system.
But some traits cannot be edited at the genomic level. The three ears of corn above may have strikingly different appearances, but they are genetically identical – varying only in their epigenomes.
Biotech strategies using genome engineering are impotent when it comes to epigenetically regulated phenotypes. Instead, epigenome-engineering tools are called for. And, as participants heard at May's meeting of the London Epigenomics Club, these prophesized epigenome-engineering tools are now a reality.
How to edit …
BioMed Central and PLOS Medicine are proud to be co-sponsoring this year’s MSF Scientific Day and have co-written this joint blog on both the Speaking of Medicine and the BioMed Central blog to mark the occasion!
Streamed live on 23rd May 2014 from the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) in London, MSF Scientific Day is a unique opportunity to showcase medical and scientific research carried out in MSF programmes around the world. MSF provides medical aid to populations in over 60 countries affected by armed conflicts, epidemics, famines, natural disasters and those excluded from healthcare. The MSF Scientific Day was a huge success last year with over 2000 people taking part, …
Guest blogger Jay Shaw follows up on his last post about interdisciplinary health research by looking at how making casual connections can help to seek out new interdisciplinary ideas.
In the world of health research there are many of us learning to negotiate a life as an interdisciplinary researcher in which we can do the work that interests us while still actually communicating with all of our colleagues. That’s easier said than done, but based on the experience of our many interdisciplinary role models it must be possible!
My first strategy in trying to build this interdisciplinary space was to latch on to someone who was struggling through the same issues of working across disciplines that I was. …