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INQUIRE: Improving NHS Quality Using Internet Ratings and Experiences

Friday, 08 July 2016 13:54

INQUIRE is a programme of work funded by the NIHR HS&DR Programme that incorporates five studies about the use of online ratings and reviews of healthcare. As the ubiquity of the internet becomes the accepted method of communicating a person’s thoughts and opinions on their experiences of any particular goods or service, it seems like the right thing for the NHS to do too.

So what are the five parts that make up INQUIRE?:

  • What is already known about feedback from patients?
  • Do people who feedback have certain attitudes and characteristics?
  • Why do people choose to feedback or comment online?
  • How do those on the receiving end feel about the feedback?
  • When feedback is given, does it change what people do and how they do it?

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Personalised medicine on the move despite Brexit implications

Thursday, 07 July 2016 13:54

The first European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) Training and Education for Advanced Clinicians and Healthcare professionals (TEACH) Summer School was held 4-7 July 2016 in Cascais, Portugal. Christine Chomienne, a key player in the event and a past-president of the European Hematology Association, said “With Britain now not too far away from quitting Europe in a legal and practical sense, there are still current and future patients to think about. And their needs must still be met. Training for their doctors and nurses is vital. In fact, it is now more important than ever.”

This report provides an overview of the key outcomes and presentations. The EAPM WG on Education has planned further activities in October and November, 2016.

Given that healthcare is a Member State competence and health services across Europe are already disjointed, collaboration between UK and EU scientists, as well as those experts operating in the field of Big Data, for example, may well become harder. Other areas that could be affected by Brexit include clinical trials, regulation, marketing authorisations, and pharmacovigilance. EAPM’s executive director remained upbeat, saying: “The Alliance will continue to work with its affiliates in the UK, and with those across the remaining Member States.” For further details of European plans, see the full press release from EAPM.

Application for the JGHFoundation Travel Grants now open

Thursday, 07 July 2016 14:03

ENDO 2017 is excited to announce that the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Foundation (JGHF) will provide travel grants for young doctors to attend the first world congress of GI Endoscopy.

The Scientific Program includes cutting-edge information on a broad range of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Oncology topics presented from the perspective of an endoscopist. Presentations will combine basic science and clinical practice, with a spotlight on topics relevant to the Asia-Pacific region and emerging countries. All endoscopic procedures will be covered during the four days of the congress.

The grant awards 15 selected recipients with a USD 1,000 travel stipend.

Additionally, the ENDO 2017 registration fee is waived, which includes:

  • Admission to all Scientific Sessions
  • Admission to Poster Exhibition & Technical Exhibition
  • Admission to the Learning Center
  • Admission to the Postgraduate Course
  • Congress materials
  • Coffee breaks and lunches

Deadline for travel grant application is 30 September 2016.

Important note: Applicants must be 40 years or younger as of 30th September 2016. To qualify to be selected for the travel grant, applicants are required to submit an abstract by 31st August 2016.

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PRO-MC Collaboration: establishment of a European prospective data registry, and follow-up for microscopic colitis

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 09:22

UEG promotes closer ties with and between all its 46 national member societies by funding cross-border scientific and professional activities. Programmes such as the LINK Award initiative foster this exchange and target supporting underserved areas in gastroenterology and underprivileged regions to improve and harmonise the quality of care across Europe.

Coordinated by the National Societies Committee, a particular focus with these support programmes is put on promoting and disseminating appropriate guidelines and standards in various formats together with member societies to encourage their uptake.

The PRO-MC Collaboration, led by the Svensk Gastroenterologisk Förening (Sweden) and the Asociación Española de Gastroenterología (Spain), is endorsed and co-funded by the UEG.

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