Guidelines, training and quality assurance: influence on general practitioner MRI referral quality
This New Zealand study reports on the effect on patient care of expanding MRI access to GPs.
Using the Pharmaceutical Collection Database to identify patient adherence to oral hypoglycaemic medicines
Of the type 2 diabetic patients receiving oral hypoglycaemics in this study, half were non-adherent.
Emerging models for successful treatment of complex regional pain syndrome in children and young adults
This report illustrates the clinical application of recent insights into neuroplasticity and individually tailored patient self-management.
Health navigation and interpreting services for patients with limited English proficiency
The roles of navigators and interpreters need to be clearly defined, and carefully targeted to address access barriers.
Educational pamphlets for improving uptake of cancer screening: a systematic review
This review evaluates the effectiveness of pamphlets as a standalone intervention for increasing cancer screening uptake among asymptomatic patients.
Abortion law reform – what it means for primary care
In this guest editorial, the author reviews New Zealand’s existing and proposed abortion services and reminds readers that bringing abortion out from under the criminal justice system does not necessarily translate into better care.