Thursday, 22 October 2015


When was the last time you read the evidence?

Dr. Steevens Library challenges you to set aside the next 5, 10 or 15 minutes for reading.  The following email contains links to 5 +minute & 15 minute + nuggets of reading material on topics relevant to your work and wellbeing.

We are celebrating International Open Access Week.  Open access is the free to read, unrestricted, online information. In line with the HSE Open Access Publishing Statement we encourage you to read the evidence so vital to the success of the health service.


Have you published research in the past 24 months?  Consider entering for the HSE Open Access Award via  Closing Date:  30th October 2015

Article Title
Url 5 -10 minute reads
Lenus the Irish Health Repository
NCCP Oncology Medication Safety Review (poster)
Patient Safety Initiative to review chemotherapy services in 26 chemotherapy units in Ireland

The Boolean 2014
Bundle of joy: improving Pre-natal well being with gratitude and mindfulness
Snapshots in Doctoral Research UCC

Nuffield Institute
June 2015
The current model of general practice is largely considered to be in need of reform. Through national policies including NHS England’s Five Year Forward View and the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund, there has been a significant focus on transforming the sector through scaled up networks; federations and super partnerships of GPs and upskilling the workforce to deliver change

Two minute video Dr. Rebecca Rosen giving an overview of her new briefing document

Transforming general practice: what are the levers for change

National Association of Social Workers
NASW Practice Snapshot:
The Mental Health Recovery Model
The mental health Recovery Model is a treatment concept wherein a service environment is designed such that consumers have primary control over decisions about their own care.

Help Guide Harvard
Harvard Medical School)
Benefits of Mindfulness: Practices for improving emotional and Physical Well being
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in happiness

Mental Health Foundation UK


What is recovery? For many people, the concept of recovery is about staying in control of their life despite experiencing a mental health problem. Professionals in the mental health sector often refer to the ‘recovery model’ to describe this way of thinking.

What's for Lunch?Six nutritionists share their midday meal strategies.

By Karen Nitkin

Bringing lunch to work instead of eating out can save money and improve health. But choosing nutritious, tasty and easy-to-make meals day after day can be challenging.

New York Times
24th December 2011
Leadership  Lessons from Shackleton Expedition
Ernest Shackleton — faced harsh conditions in a way that speaks more directly to our time. The Shackleton expedition, from 1914 to 1916, is a compelling story of leadership when disaster strikes again and again.

Help Guide Harvard
Harvard Medical School)

Benefits of Mindfulness: Practices for improving emotional and Physical Well being

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in happiness


Chris Ham in conversation with Sir David Dalton

Chris Ham speaks to Sir David Dalton about Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust's journey to becoming the safest organisation in the NHS, and about what he has learned during his time there as chief executive.

BMJ Talk Medicine
Publishing priorities of biomedical funders – podcast 13 minutes duration
BMJ Podcast BMJ Open editor-in-chief Trish Groves talks to Ellen Collins, Research Information Network, about her paper examining the publishing priorities of biomedical research funders.

BMJ Open video

Imperial College London

BMJ Open video

The impact of complaints procedures on doctors in the UK


NHS Choices

How to involve your child in being healthy.  Children are more likely to keep to a healthy lifestyle if it's made fun for them. Here are some ideas for how to help them prepare, and even cook, their own meals and choose activities they enjoy.


JAMA. 2013;309(10):1058. doi:10.1001/2012.jama.10806.

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Janet M. Torpy, MD; Jennifer Lee Rogers; Robert M. Golub
Facial pain has a number of causes. Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is named for the nerve (the trigeminal, or fifth cranial nerve) that is affected. Trigeminal neuralgia causes brief, intense, severe pain, usually on one side of the face or the jaw or near the eye.

Article Title
Url 15 – 20 Minutes Reads
BMC Medicine
Will Africa’s future epidemic ride on forgotten lessons from the Ebola epidemic?
Building capacity and global response turned the outbreak into an unprecedented humanitarian disaster

BMC Medicine
The need for a personalized approach for prostate cancer management
The stratification of patients for treatment of prostate cancer is based on very general parameters like prostate-specific antigen, Gleason score, and TNM classification. Up to now, we have not used individualized genetic classifiers.

Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse 2006
Preventing suicide a resource at work
Suicides, and the mental health problems that give rise to them, exact an enormous toll on worker productivity and well being.  For every worker that commits suicide, another 10-20 will make a serious attempt.  Suicide accounts for approximately 8% of all working days lost due to death. Although not every suicide or suicide attempt can be prevented,  research show that employers can take important steps to reduce teh frequency of worker suicide.

Quality watch the Health Foundation
Nuffield Trust

Summary: International comparisons of healthcare quality

What can the UK learn from international comparisons of healthcare quality? We offer an overview of our research. For this research we were interested in extending the above approaches to look at change over time.

BMC Psychology

The NEIL Memory Research Unit: psychosocial, biological, physiological and lifestyle factors associated with healthy ageing: study protocol

Population ageing is a global phenomenon that has characterised demographic trends during the 20th and 21st century. The rapid growth in the proportion of older adults in the population, and resultant increase in the incidence of age-related cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, brings significant social, economic and healthcare challenges.

Lenus the Irish Health Repository

Health Service Executive corporate plan 2015-2017


The plan sets out our vision for the health services; ‘A healthier Ireland with a high quality health service valued by all’. This vision is underpinned by the core values of care, compassion, trust and learning. 

Medical Ethics
Caring for quality of care: symbolic violence and
the bureaucracies of audit
This paper presents a social and ethical analysis of Quality of Care in the light of the moral notion of
care and Bourdieu’s conception of symbolic violence.

BMJ Open
Mindfulness online: an evaluation
of the feasibility of a web-based
mindfulness course for stress,
anxiety and depression
Face-to-face mindfulness interventions
have been shown to significantly decrease perceived
stress, anxiety and depression and research is
beginning to show similar benefits for such courses
delivered via the internet. We investigated the feasibility
and effectiveness of an online mindfulness course for
perceived stress, anxiety and depression.

Nursing Open

A scoping review of family experience and need during end
of life care in intensive care


Internationally there has been increasing attention placed
on improving end of life care as evidenced by the many
international health initiatives (National Gold Standard
Framework 2011, Kaiser Health 2013, New South Wales
Ministry & Health 2013). Underpinning many of these
policy drives is the concern for increased patient choice
and a more collaborative approach involving the patient
and healthcare providers when making decisions about
care at end of life.

BMC Psychology

Developing the Pieta House Suicide Intervention Model: a quasi-experimental, repeated measures design

While most crisis intervention models adhere to a generalised theoretical framework, the lack of clarity around how these should be enacted has resulted in a proliferation of models, most of which have little to no empirical support. The primary aim of this research was to propose a suicide intervention model that would resolve the client’s suicidal crisis.

Nursing Research And Practice

Engaging with Families Is a Challenge: Beliefs among Healthcare Professionals in Forensic Psychiatric Care

Being healthcare professionals in the complex field of forensic psychiatry care (FPC) seems particularly challenging. Historically, families have almost been invisible in FPC. The aim of this study was to uncover beliefs among healthcare professionals concerning families of patients admitted for FPC

BMC Public Health
Dietary practices among individuals with diabetes and hypertension are similar to those of healthy people: a population-based study
Background Currently, diabetes mellitus (DM) and systemic arterial hypertension (SAH) are among the top five global risks for mortality. Among the modifiable factors, careful dietary practice is one of the essential elements for the control of NCDs, since these diseases are often the result of unhealthy lifestyles.

Journal of holistic healthcare
Compassionate care:
the theory and the

The NHS Ombudsman’s report
and Compassion
which gives an
account of ten investigations into NHS
care of older people makes difficult
reading. For example ‘Hospital staff at
Ealing Hospital NHS Trust left Mr J
forgotten in a waiting room, denying
him the chance to be with his wife as
she died’. We suggest that improving
clinical governance will not improve
patient care unless systemic and wide-
spread changes enable compassionate
care to be delivered.

Nursing Research and Practice
Job Satisfaction among Care Aides in Residential Long-Term Care: A Systematic Review of Contributing Factors, Both Individual and Organizational
Despite an increasing literature on professional nurses’ job satisfaction, job satisfaction by nonprofessional nursing care providers and, in particular, in residential long-term care facilities, is sparsely described. The purpose of this study was to systematically review the evidence on which factors (individual and organizational) are associated with job satisfaction among care aides, nurse aides, and nursing assistants, who provide the majority of direct resident care, in residential long-term care facilities

BMC Medicine
Video Q & A: Alcohol - a global problem. An interview with Ian Gilmore (Professor Sir Ian Gilmore is chair both of the UK Alcohol Health Alliance & the European Alcohol and Health Forum Science Group.)
In this interview we talk to Prof Sir Ian Gilmore about the global alcohol problem and the harms it causes.


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