GPs order blood tests for diagnosis, ongoing monitoring of health conditions, and screening, regularly as a core part of their work. However, there is wide variation in testing rates amongst doctors and in the proportion of tests that yield abnormal results. This team is creating an easily accessible tool to show testing rates for individual GP practices, comparing them to population trends, and alerting GPs to important changes. Modelled on the successful OpenPrescribing.net tool, they will produce simple actionable data for clinicians, such as statistical process control techniques to give early warning of drifting practice, giving them targeted opportunities to improve patient care and get better value for the NHS.
New research questions reliability of studies into Lassa fever drug
28 February 2023
Researchers identified and re-analysed a series of studies to assess the reliability of the evidence backing the use of ribavirin as a treatment for Lassa fever.
Early Warning (NEWS2) Scores to Predict Risk of Severe COVID-19
16 February 2023
Researched used nationwide patient data to evaluate the effectiveness of the NEWS2 score for predicting who was at greatest risk of intensive care.
COVID-19 mortality risk for inflammatory arthritis patients: a cohort study using SAIL Databank
24 November 2022
A study of inflammatory arthritis (IA) patients found that shielding reduced the incidence of COVID-19. IA was not associated with an increased risk of dying within 28 days, but being vulnerable...