Patient-reported outcomes and experiences study

This guidance is part of a guide to evaluating digital health products. Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and patient-reported experience measures (PREMs) are used to assess the quality of healthcare experiences, focusing on patients. These measures help healthcare providers, commissioners and other stakeholders to make informed changes to their services. Showing the benefits of your intervention to the patient and healthcare delivery is important if you aim to have your digital product or service embedded within the healthcare system. The NICE evidence framework for digital health technologies (tier 3a products) recommends including patient-reported outcomes in comparative studies to provide evidence of the effectiveness of your digital product or service.…

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Urinary tract infection: diagnostic tools for primary care

Published 21 November 2007 Last updated 19 October 2020 + show all updates 19 October 2020Updated diagnostic tool, based on user feedback. Provided clarity on CAUTI management, age group focus for the flowcharts and information on when to refer for further assessment. 6 September 2019Updated tables and flowcharts for adults over-65 in the quick reference tool, which has been newly endorsed by NICE to follow guidance on managing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). 8 May 2019Updated with revised UTI quick reference guide. 13 November 2018Updated with revised UTI quick reference guide and flowcharts. 16 May 2018Added link to the public consultation 'Diagnosis of urinary tract infections: quick reference guide'.…

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Socialists claim major victory in Bolivia, one year after US-backed coup

Evo Morales’ party has claimed victory in Bolivia’s presidential election. Exit polls giving the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) party over 50% of the vote.To win in the first round, a candidate needs more than 50% of the vote, or 40% with a lead of at least 10 percentage points over the second-placed candidate.The election was marked by tension after Morales was deposed in a US-backed coup in November 2019. Electoral monitors reported threats and harassment from Bolivian security forces.With a private quick count of sampled polling stations favouring MAS candidate Luis Arce by a wide margin, even unelected interim president Jeanine Áñez recognised that the socialist movement looked…

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Woodland Trust plans to plant 50 million trees by 2025 to fight climate crisis

A conservation charity is pledging to plant 50 million trees by 2025 to help tackle climate change.The Woodland Trust is also urging millions of people to join its “big climate fightback” by planting trees this November to build support to sustain the biggest mass planting campaign the country has seen, in the next few years.The efforts come in the face of the impacts of Covid-19, with tree planting rates falling despite the need to increase woodland cover to store carbon and tackle the climate crisis. As part of the push, the Woodland Trust is sending more than 600,000 free trees to community groups and schools over the next…

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Marr just let Gove turn lying into a ‘new art form’

Michael Gove was on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 18 October. And its host just let him twist coronavirus (Covid-19) facts, “unchallenged”. Or as one MP put it, Gove simply ‘lied‘. Gove: turning lying into a “new art form” Cabinet Office minister Gove was talking about a range of issues. But as Green MP Caroline Lucas summed up, he turned “lies and prevarication into [a] new art form”: Michael Gove turning lies & prevarication into new art form Distorts @AndyBurnhamGM, defends failing #TestandTrace, & midrepresents EU Is he embarrassed, asks Marr? Of course not, he’s incapable of it Blame others, take no responsibility, Gove’s perfectly on message…

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Serco boss sent a letter to MPs. His brass neck is staggering.

The boss of disastrous outsourcing giant Serco has written to some MP. But he didn’t say ‘sorry’ for his company’s failings over Test and Trace. Instead, he delivered a passive-aggressive ‘STFU’ about his firm’s multimillion pound clusterfucking.Serco: profit-making clusterfuckingAs openDemocracy reported, Serco’s part in the coronavirus (Covid-19) test and trace system has been shambolic:The British government’s decision to outsource much of its flagship £12 billion test-and-trace system has been heavily criticised… rates of contact tracing have dropped and many Britons have complained about problems accessing COVID tests and testing sites. Not that Serco is worried. Because its profits are going through the roof. But still, it’s been on…

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MPs slam government for paying £7k a day to private sector Test and Trace consultants

Opposition MPs have slammed the government for paying £7k day rates to private sector consultants who’re helping the government to set up and run its testing system. Michael Gove has defended the practice. Sky News has reported that it had seen documents revealing Boston Consulting Group (BCG) was paid about £10 million for around 40 consultants to provide 4 months’ work. This was between the end of April and late August. The broadcaster said the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) received a 10 to 15% discount from BCG. Its day rates for public sector work reportedly range from £2,400 to £7,360. The report comes amid ongoing criticism…

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Outsourced contact tracing service fails to contact 250,000 people, analysis says

The outsourced Test and Trace system has failed to reach nearly a quarter of a million close contacts of people who have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a new analysis.FailurePrivate firms Serco and Sitel failed to contact 245,481 contacts in England, either online or from call centres over four months. Meaning they missed nearly 40% of contacts, the figures show. Labour said the figures show Test and Trace is “on the verge of collapse”. The party also said these figures highlight the need for a short national lockdown to allow the government to fix the system. (PA Graphics)Poor contact tracing, greater restrictionsThe government defended the system, saying…

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Labour’s support for Rashford is a sham. Here’s why.

If there’s a bandwagon to be jumped on, you can be sure that Keir Starmer’s Labour Party will be first in the queue. But its support for footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign over free school meals is actually a sham. Marcus Rashford Rashford has become a prominent anti-poverty campaigner. Most recently, he launched a petition calling on the government to end child food poverty. The petition has three asks: “Expand free school meals to all under-16s where a parent or guardian is in receipt of Universal Credit or equivalent benefit”. “Provide meals & activities during all holidays”. ” Increase the value of Healthy Start vouchers to at least £4.25…

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Burnham blames Sunak in Manchester lockdown row as he calls for Labour party support

Mayor Andy Burnham has blamed chancellor Rishi Sunak for being “the problem” in the row over a lockdown for Greater Manchester. It comes alongside confusion over talks with Downing Street.The feud between No 10 and the Labour mayor continued on 17 October. Downing Street said fresh talks had been set up for the weekend, only for Burnham’s office to deny this. Talks between him and Downing Street are reportedly now set to resume later on Sunday 18 October.Blame SunakBurnham has called for a return to the generosity of the original furlough scheme that saw the Treasury pay 80% of workers’ wages. But Sunak has only offered a 66%…

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