Wales

Publication Title: 
BMC pregnancy and childbirth

BACKGROUND: According to the Office for National Statistics, approximately a quarter of women giving birth in England and Wales are from minority ethnic groups. Previous work has indicated that these women have poorer pregnancy outcomes than White women and poorer experience of maternity care, sometimes encountering stereotyping and racism. The aims of this study were to examine service use and perceptions of care in ethnic minority women from different groups compared to White women. METHODS: Secondary analysis of data from a survey of women in 2010 was undertaken.

Author(s): 
Henderson, Jane
Gao, Haiyan
Redshaw, Maggie
Publication Title: 
Psychology, Health & Medicine

This study explored whether Smith and Lazarus' (1990, 1993) cognitive theory of emotion could predict emotional responses to an emotionally ambiguous real-life situation. Questionnaire data were collected from 145 women upon referral for cancer genetic risk assessment. These indicated a mixed emotional reaction of both positive and negative emotions to the assessment. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that the hypothesised models explained between 20% and 33% of the variance of anxiety, hope and gratitude scores, but only 10% of the variance for challenge scores.

Author(s): 
Phelps, Ceri
Bennett, Paul
Brain, Kate
Publication Title: 
Best Practice & Research. Clinical Anaesthesiology

Individuals have different values. They seek to express their individuality even when receiving medical care. It is a part of modern medical practice and respect for patient autonomy to show respect for different values. We give an account of what it means to respect different values and challenging patients in medical practice. Challenging choices are often choices which are perceived by many to be either irrational or against a person's interests, such as engaging in harmful or excessively risky activities.

Author(s): 
Ward, Michael
Savulescu, Julian
Publication Title: 
Sociology of Health & Illness

Sociologists repeatedly appeal to notions of altruism, bureaucratisation and self interest in their efforts to explain the changing place of the professions in contemporary society. We treat these three readings as institutional logics that are key to understanding the way in which doctors respond to the appraisal system at the heart of the UK's approach to revalidation.

Author(s): 
Entwistle, Tom
Matthews, Elaine
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

The authors examined the impact of posthypnotic amnesia on the accessibility and quality of personal memories. High, medium,and low hypnotizable individuals recalled two autobiographical episodes and rated those memories. During hypnosis, subjects were given a posthypnotic amnesia suggestion that targeted one of the episodes. After hypnosis, they recalled and rated their memories of the episodes. The posthypnotic amnesia suggestion influenced the accessibility and quality of autobiographical memory for high and some medium, but not low, hypnotizable participants.

Author(s): 
Barnier, Amanda J.
McConkey, Kevin M.
Wright, Jonathan
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: A high prevalence of CAM use has been documented worldwide in children and adolescents with chronic illnesses. Only a small number of studies, however, have been conducted in the United Kingdom. The primary aim of this study was to examine the use of CAM by children and adolescents with a wide spectrum of acute and chronic medical problems in a tertiary children's hospital in Wales. METHODS: Structured personal interviews of 100 inpatients and 400 outpatients were conducted over a 2-month period in 2004.

Author(s): 
Crawford, Nigel W.
Cincotta, Domenic R.
Lim, Alissa
Powell, Colin V. E.
Publication Title: 
BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of a policy of "use acupuncture" on headache, health status, days off sick, and use of resources in patients with chronic headache compared with a policy of "avoid acupuncture." DESIGN: Randomised, controlled trial. SETTING: General practices in England and Wales. PARTICIPANTS: 401 patients with chronic headache, predominantly migraine. Interventions Patients were randomly allocated to receive up to 12 acupuncture treatments over three months or to a control intervention offering usual care.

Author(s): 
Vickers, Andrew J.
Rees, Rebecca W.
Zollman, Catherine E.
McCarney, Rob
Smith, Claire M.
Ellis, Nadia
Fisher, Peter
Van Haselen, Robbert
Publication Title: 
BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cost effectiveness of acupuncture in the management of chronic headache. DESIGN: Cost effectiveness analysis of a randomised controlled trial. SETTING: General practices in England and Wales. PARTICIPANTS: 401 patients with chronic headache, predominantly migraine. Interventions Patients were randomly allocated to receive up to 12 acupuncture treatments over three months from appropriately trained physiotherapists, or to usual care alone. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Incremental cost per quality adjusted life year (QALY) gained.

Author(s): 
Wonderling, David
Vickers, Andrew J.
Grieve, Richard
McCarney, Rob
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