Family doctors can do more to help patients with multiple long-term conditions such as obesity, heart disease and arthritis, according to researchers.
A team from the University of Glasgow is to work with Stirling and Dundee universities as well as four GP practices to develop new ways to work with patients.
Funded by the Scottish Government, the £820,000 Living Well with Multiple Morbidity programme will focus on those in deprived areas where such conditions are more common, strike earlier and tend to have a disproportionate impact on people’s quality of life.
Researchers will investigate a range of measures that could help patients with multiple morbidity – two or more co-existing medical conditions – to manage their conditions and improve quality of life. It will also look at how changes to the NHS primary care system could improve care for patients and make practices more efficient.
Pre-operative checklists are being implemented to cut infection rates
Simple changes to the way patients are cared for in hospital are having a significant impact on infection rates, according to the Scottish Government.
Hospitals are being urged to adopt stricter treatment regimes as a way of cutting hospital deaths by 15% and “adverse incidents” by 30%.
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon is highlighting the measures as part of Patient Safety Month.
She visited Stirling Royal Infirmary where infection rates are down.
Prior to adopting a stricter treatment regime, the hospital recorded at least one incident per month where a patient who required a “central line” tube for food or medication, suffered from bacterial infection.
However, NHS Forth Valley said new procedures had resulted in no cases of infection being recorded since January last year.