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COVID winter plan: UK blueprint doesn’t go far enough – here’s a health expert’s alternative

With winter on the horizon, Oxford's Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences, Trish Greenhalgh, suggests alternative UK blueprint, focusing on precautions that allow the British public to learn to live (as opposed to dying of) COVID.

E-cigarettes: misconceptions about their dangers may be preventing people from quitting smoking

When electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) first emerged, they became a popular way for people to quit smoking. But in 2019, a mysterious lung condition emerged that primarily affected young people, particularly those who vaped. This left many questioning the safety of e-cigarettes.

Virtual Presence: loneliness and technology

Dr Gemma Hughes, Health Services Researcher at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, blogs about Virtual Presence, an international research collaboration.

Why remote consultation with a doctor is difficult – and how it can be improved

Before the pandemic, billboards in London, England, advertised a doctor-in-your-pocket service. Targeted at busy commuters, it consisted of a smartphone app and a promise of a video link-up to a real doctor within 45 minutes. What’s not to like?

Which is the best service model to ensure that people with atrial fibrillation receive the recommended anticoagulation?

Departmental DPhil student, Nick Jones, reports on findings from a recent systematic review that formed the first part of his thesis, providing data inputs for future economic evaluations, including decision-analytical modeling studies, to reduce stroke risk through anticoagulation prescribing for people with heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

COVID: media must rise above pitting scientists against each other – dealing with the pandemic requires nuance

Professors Trisha Greenhalgh and Dominic Wilkinson call upon the media to rise above presenting the false adversarial narrative of 'pro' and 'anti' this and that, and instead embrace scientific and moral uncertainty for what it is.

COVID: the reason cases are rising among the double vaccinated – it’s not because vaccines aren’t working

Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK’s chief scientific adviser, has announced that 40% of people admitted to hospital with COVID in the UK have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine. At first glance, this rings very serious alarm bells, but it shouldn’t. The vaccines are still working very well.

COVID: Seven reasons mask wearing in the west was unnecessarily delayed

Masks help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, yet masking policies in the west have featured some spectacular policy wrong turns, says Professor Trish Greenhalgh.

"Patient and Doctor 1.5": a new Year 3 pilot course

Dr Alison Convey is excited to announce a new pilot course, which will bring clinical teaching to Year 3 students for the first time.

Spotlight on Professor Simon de Lusignan

For this term’s "spotlight interview" with the Undergraduate Teaching Team, Simon de Lusignan (Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics) talks computers, COVID and careers in primary care research.

A record-breaking year for Final Honour Schools projects in primary care

Developing the next generation of academic primary care talent is a core mission of the Department. Dr David Nunan leads the co-ordination of Final Honour Schools (FHS) projects for Year 3 students. Here, he shares the success of the programme.

The lone actor

Gaye Poole, highly experienced actor, has skilfully guided students through countless Communication Skills sessions and OSCE examinations. Here, she reflects on the highs and lows of teaching from a distance.

The student voice - making the most of a final-year Elective “pandemic style"

From Shakespeare’s plays to Scottish peaks, Angus McCance (Year 6) describes how to make the most of a final-year Elective “pandemic style”…

Transforming primary care for a pandemic – a pan-European perspective

European primary care rapidly adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic by deciding how to transform care delivery, despite limited training and resources, reports the first pan European qualitative study in eight countries.

Can science help us avoid another Christian Eriksen? It’s not as simple as you might think

David Nunan writes with Evidence-Based Healthcare MSc student Aaron Lear, Akron General Orthopedics, Cleveland Clinic.

FASTer diagnosis: Time to BEAT heart failure

For Heart Failure Awareness Week, Dr Clare Taylor, Heart Failure team co-lead, proposes using the acronym ‘BEAT’ as a way to recognise the symptoms of heart failure.

Interrupted or invigorated? Qualitative health research during the Covid-19 pandemic

Gemma Hughes and Sara Paparini from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences reflect on the work of the IRIHS group.

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