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For example, Bell describes a study published by Southwick and colleagues in BMJ Quality & Safetyin which they analyzed patient reports following medical

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Carer, caregiver, support person … when someone you love has head and neck cancer, it affects you too.

Research has shown that looking after the carer improves the outcome for the patient. Some patients say it is harder to be the onlooker than to be the one suffering the disease.

Interestingly, the famous Swallows book is for "Patients, carers and family members". You can’t live in a house with someone who is getting over rigorous treatments or coping with a peg or laryngectomy stoma without

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Yes, we need more information


839244141?profile=RESIZE_480x480"Inviting patients to read and review their health information, especially the notes written after a medical visit, is an important way to improve communication between patients and health professionals ..."

I’ve been thinking about information. How much information about their cancer should a patient receive and how should it be delivered? I’ve read the Open Notes website! ( This covers a movement in medicine where clinicians share their notes with the patients wh

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undefinedWe’re trying to act on the lessons we learnt from the e-Patient Dave workshop and lecture. I'm looking at my last major encounter with the health system through the lens of his philosophy.

Remember the Dave deBronkart slogan from a few weeks ago? Patients do better if they are e-Patients, equipped enabled, engaged, empowered. His plea was for doctors to “let patients help” and his model was one of participatory medicine.

I want to look back on the Multi-disciplinary meeting I attended

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Dr David Clark - Minister of Health

2147653?profile=RESIZE_320x320Despite the doctor honorific David Clark does not have a medical degree.  He studied German and Theology before going on to complete a PhD on the work of German/New Zealand refugee and Christian existentialist Helmut Rex.

He was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister in 1997. His work history includes a spell as warden of Selwyn College at Otago University,  and as a Treasury analyst working on youth affairs.

Clark's mother was a GP in South Auckland and his father owned a small business.


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This is a story about the Digital Health Workshop held at North Shore Hospital on 30 October. Six of us attended as well as a number of health care workers. Dave deBronkart who is famous in health circles as a strong advocate for a new health care paradigm, is speaking at a number of events in Auckland and elsewhere. 

The photo is of Dave, Diana, myself and a Waitemata DHB doctor.


The internet has changed everything. 

Remember when it was first available in New Zealand? 1996? Little d

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Xylitol - what's the buzz?

2147540?profile=RESIZE_320x320Xylitol is a "tooth-friendly", nonfermentable sugar alcohol. It is naturally found in low concentrations in the fibres of many fruits and vegetables and can be extracted from various berries, oats, and mushrooms. Industrial production starts from xylan extracted from hardwoods or corncobs, which is hydrolyzed into xylose and catalytically hydrogenated into xylitol.

Finland is the undisputed home of xylitol. Xylitol mints, chewing gum and sweets can be found everywhere and you’d be hard pushed t

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I am very impressed by the recent Make Sense Campaign run by the European Head and Neck Cancer society (EHNS). 

Here is an infographic they put out in September for the European Head and Neck Cancer Week.

(I used Docufreezer to convert the graphics below from PDF form so that you could see them without having to click.)


The Make Sense campaign is one of a series of head and neck cancer awareness movements that have taken place in the world this year. They are all using social media to adv

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