A round-up of news from the professional journals
Two large studies have concluded that acupuncture performed by competent
practitioners is relatively safe. Minor incidents such as bleeding, needle pain
and fainting were the main adverse effects recorded and all these were
31 August 2001
Bullying in the NHS
Poor management and a bullying culture could undermine initiatives to tackle
the NHS nursing recruitment and retention crisis, researchers have warned.
Intensive telephone interviews carried out with 15 nurses and 15 GPs who have
left the NHS revealed nurses were embittered by a constant struggle to achieve
their professional goals and provide quality care.
29 August 2001
Paying practice nurses and GPs to identify smokers who have quit has no
effect on their behaviour and will not improve cessation rates, research shows.
Offering £15 to identify patients who had quit in the past three months did
nothing to overcome nurses’ and GPs’ reluctance to raise the issue of smoking
if they thought it would cause confrontation.
24 August 2001