Critical Appraisal Matters
Most of us know that there is much variation in healthcare that is not explained by patient preference, differences in disease incidence or resource availability. We think that many of the healthcare quality problems with overuse, underuse, misuse, waste, patient harms and more stems from a broad lack of understanding by healthcare decision-makers about what constitutes solid clinical research.
We think it’s worth visiting (or revisiting) our webpage on “Why Critical Appraisal Matters.”
“Move More” Packets for Cancer Patients
Macmillan Cancer Support is a London-based organization providing practical, medical and financial support to cancer patients in Britain. It is on the shortlist of the BMJ Group award for healthcare communication because of its “Move More” packet— a physical activity and cancer information initiative, urging patients to become more active during and after cancer. The impetus for this project is the ongoing problem of cancer patients still being told to rest, rather than keep active, during and after cancer treatment. The packs, for patients and care givers outline the benefits of gentle activity and suggest ways to introduce activity into their lives. For example, one very popular inclusion was packs of seeds, to encourage people to get outside into their gardens. People loved the seeds and looking forward to seeing the flowers bloom and the veggies grow. For more information see BMJ 2012;341:e2866 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e2866