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Showing posts from June, 2011

Uptake of the NHS Health Checks programme

NHS Health Checks, a cardiovascular risk assessment programme for all adults aged 40–74 years in England, was introduced in 2009. The programme aims to both decrease the incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and reduce socio-economic and ethnic inequalities in cardiovascular health. The programme involves systematic screening, measurement of CVD risk factors, the generation of global risk estimates, risk communication and lifestyle counselling. In a study published in the Journal of Public Health, Andrew Dalton and colleagues examine the uptake of the programme in Ealing, London. They found that uptake of the programme and subsequent prescribing of statins in high risk patients was lower than predicted in the first year of the NHS Health Checks programme. Efforts to increase the uptake of the programme, particularly amongst patients more likely to have undiagnosed CVD or uncontrolled CVD risk factors, is needed.

Using medical students as interpreters

In an article published recently in the Student BMJ, Ms Zineb Mehbali, a UROP student in the Department of Primary Care & Public Health discusses the use of medical students as interpreters. This is a role that is often taken on informally by students and for which they may not be full trained or comfortable with doing. Medical schools should consider regulating this area more closely to avoid undue pressure being placed on students.