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Covid anxiety: How to support your patients

Dr Rachel Birch, Medico-legal Consultant at Medical Protection, addresses the issue of patients with Covid anxiety andoffers practical advice for GP practices and hospital outpatient settings There is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused concern to many, if not all of us. However, as the pandemic continues, and more waves of infection are…

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An unwanted feeling of déjà vu heading into Christmas

There is a sense of déjà vu at the moment: The rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, a hospital system crackingat the seams, and grim pronouncements by senior politicians and health officials a regular occurrence. We have been here before. Over the past year-and-a-half, there have been three national lockdowns. We know the drill. So why…

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The hybrid model of medical consultation

Are we entering a brave new world for healthcare access? Agrowing concern amongst all health professionals is how the Covid-19 pandemic continues to erode the rest of healthcare. Hospital waiting times, never in the best of health, have skyrocketed with the recurrent curtailment of operating theatre time as ‘regular’ ICU beds are occupied with the…

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Introducing the healthcare metaverse

Traditional healthcare institutions won’t have a choice on whether they embrace new technologies. Facebook, one of the largest technology companies on the planet, recently changed its name to ‘Meta’, signifying its aspiration to become the ultimate ‘Metaverse’ company of the future.But what is the metaverse? What will it mean for society in general and, more…

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When the atypical is typical

Biases in clinical research have compromised the medical treatment of women for decades If there’s one thing a doctor loves, it is a symptom that is “classical”. At med school, we learned multiple lists of physical complaints and experiences that were neatly boxed into diagnostic criteria, which helpfully corresponded to multiple lists of clinical syndromes…

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Conflicts between parents and issues of consent

Ms Síle O’Dowd, Legal Counsel at Medisec Ireland CLG, addresses some of the key considerations when there aredisagreements between guardians/ parents regarding treatment and the release of information in respect of minor patients. The starting point for considering any request for information relating to a minor patient, or a request to be involved in decisions…

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Speaking out for patient safety

Medico-Legal Opinion Dr Michael Devlin, Head of Professional Standards and Liaison at the Medical Defence Union, explains what doctors need to know about raising a concern. While the prospect of raising concerns about issues affecting patient safety can feel intimidating, doing so promptly and in the right way can prevent patients coming to harm and…

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Too much of a good thing?

During the current crisis, online education has been invaluable, but it has also brought extra pressures Last Tuesday evening, I had a choice between joining our local CME group online for a business meeting, followed by an educational session on adolescent mental health, or a menopause webinar resourced by the informative Dr Deirdre Lundy. I…

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Can you publish too many papers?

Covid-19 has exacerbated the over-production of research, which was already a trend before the pandemic The dictum that “you can’t be too rich or too thin” is commonly attributed to Wallis Simpson, but was almost certainly coined by Babe Paley, socialite and daughter of Harvey Cushing. The academic equivalent to this would be that you…

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New report highlights requirement for national health information plan

The need to improve Ireland’s healthcare information system has been known for some time. However, Covid-19 and the recent cyberattack have highlighted deficits in the current infrastructure, and the impact on patient care. On the back of these crises, HIQA has published a new position paper that has called for urgent reform in the area.…

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