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what is relative risk?

indicates strength of association between risk factor and event


what is population attributable risk?

takes into account RR associated with a brisk factor, as well as prevalence of this risk factor in the population.
oi.e. RF a and RF b have same RR for MI, compared to not having this RF
oMORE PEOPLE in the population have RF a than RF b -> RF a has a ↑er population attributable risk


describe the prinicples of number needed to harm/treat/benefit?

oInterventions have both NNtharm/treat
oNeed to think about: comparison, time period, baseline risk
oWhen calculating NNT Harm -> ROUND ↓DOWN↓
oWhen calculating NNT Treat/benefit ->ROUND ↑UP↑
oIn 2° prevention absolute risk difference is larger ->NNT ↓er than in 1° prevention -> fewer people need to take meds for one to benefit
oLonger time period -> ↑ risk therefore ↓NNT, when compared to shorter time period


what are the key aspects of TB control

•Effective surveillance to monitor disease + outbreaks
•Prompt ID + treatment
•Ensure people COMPLETE treatment (compliance an issue)
•Targeted prevention – BCG
•Screening for ↑ risk groups (CXR) entering the UK.
•Focus on key populations
oDeprived urban communities


what are the potential opportunities for controlling the spread of TB?

•↑ awareness amongst those working with high risk groups:
oHousing support
oMigrants (especially Russia + eastern Europe)
oPrisons + substance misuse projects
•ID + Educate high-risk groups: Symptoms, how it’s spread, TB is treatable + curable, common HIV co-infection
•Public info made available: online, leaflets in various languages etc.
•Interpreters for non-English speaking patients


what is the goal of vaccination?

↓mortality + morbidity from vaccine-preventable infections.


what are the strategic aims of vaccination?

selective protection of the vulnerable, elimination (herd immunity), eradication


what are the programmatic aims of the BCG vaccination?

prevent deaths, infxn, transmission (2° cases), clinical cases
o In neonates (0-4 weeks) who will be at high-risk (high incidence area, ≥1 parent/grandparent born in high-incidence country, FH in last 5 years)
oRoutine vaccination not recommended for 10-14 yrs
oID unvaccinated who are ↑risk before 16 years, who would have qualified for neonatal BCG. Offer Mantoux tesing + BCG if –ve
o Healthcare professionals who have patient/specimen contact.Those who hav FH
o Those who are in contact with someone who has active TB -> TEST + VACCINATE


what is DOT?

directly observed treatments
TB control


what are the 5 components of directly observed treatment?

oGovernment commitment (political will + centralised system of TB monitoring_
oCase detection by sputum smear
oStandardised treatment regimen, observed by healthcare worker for at least 2 months
oStable + reliable drug supply
oStandardised recording + reporting system


what is a patient pathway?

•A patient-pathway describes the ‘best’ route from 1st contact with services ->stages of investigation/treatment ->definitive treatments ->discharge from NHS + social services.
•Useful to guide clinicians and to inform patients what is to happen next.


what are the ways for people to access services?

• Self-referral (A&E, online)
•Social services/local authority
•Emergency – ambulance
•Educational institution – welfare
•Dental practitioner
•Charity?/Community programmes
• Pharmacists


what are zola's triggers to health seeking?

-Interference with work/physical activity
-Interference with social relations
-Assigning arbitrary time limit
-Interpersonal crisis (deaths, divorces etc.)


what are the barriers to health seeking?

-Inverse care law (poor areas=less provision)
-Geographical distance – transport costs, time
-Previous bad experience (staff, waiting times)
-Childcare(availability + costs)
Psychological factors (refusal to believe, worried, lack of education)
-Context of event (Xmas, birthdays, weddings)
-Perception/Evaluation of symptoms as harmless


what are the ways to overcome barriers to health seeking?

•Quality improvement – ID barriers, think about changes, implement change, audit. (PDSA cycles)
oThinks about the system from a user’s perspective
•Community outreach programmes - ↑ provision in the community, rather than centralised provision which may be ↑difficult to access.
•Transport - Volunteer drivers, Discounted hospital buses,


what was the keogh report?

pt safetyPublished hospital standardised mortality rates (SMRs) -> WRONG APPROACH


describe the need for publicly available performance indicators?

•Public scandals ↑ pressure for outcomes to be published and used.
•Other public sectors (schools, police) make this info. available -> right to access it?
•Expectation to collect outcome data + publish it ->arrival of coded computerised clinical databases means that data is there to be used.


what are the advantages of publicly available performance indicators?

•↑ information about healthcare providers
•Informs patient, ↑ + encourage choice – Caveat emptor
•Transparency, honest + open ->↑ trust in health providers
•May ID outliers – can learn from hospital with ↓↓↓mortality, to improve those with ↑↑↑mortality.
•Quantitative – clear numerical figure


what are the disadvantages of publicly available performance indicators?

•Only work when considered alongside avoidable deaths (PRISM study -> 5.2% avoidable deaths + no correlation, r=0.03, between SMR + avoidable deaths)
•Dependent on non-hosp care (i.e. prehosp/variation in planned place of death (i.e. hospice)
•Data vagaries (unexplicable change in definition/coding)
•Choice of case mix adjustment model ->leads to varying results dependent on which you use
•Relationship with quality of care (validity) not demonstrated
•Even if all treatment/care was uniform, there would ALWAYS be random variation in mortality rates across hospitals, as each patient is unique!
•Must be adjusted for confounders (i.e. age) as older people ↑ likely to die, therefore hospital serving an older population -> ↑ SMR…
•No evidence that publishing these influences patients, lots of evidence showing that it influences clinicians + managers.
•Incentivising targets may be a pervert practice – i.e. people avoid complex cases, to ↓SMR


describe primary CHD prevention?

before onset of disease, stopping it developing in first instance
i.e. smoking cessation, healthy eating, exercise


describe secondary CHD prevention?

With disease, preventing progression or any adverse events once disease is developed
antiplatelet therapy post-MI, statins, hypertension treatment


describe tertiary CHD prevention?

limiting the impact that adverse events have on health
i.e with cardiac rehab, CABG/PCI


what is the prevention paradox?

A preventive measure that brings large benefits to the community offers little to each participating individual


describe the prevention paradox in heart disease?

•Most heart disease is occurring amongst people who are not at high risk
•But way more people are at moderate/low risk than are at high risk
•If we target ALL (including this group) with a population strategy then more people are at lower risk -> greatest population benefit.


describe the population strategy of prevention?

lower the exposure of WHOLE population.
•PROS: Large potential to prevent more deaths.
•CONS: Small individual benefit, poor motivation (why should I make this change if I’m already @ risk?), low benefit:risk (must be safe to do!)


what risk factors for heart disease have the greatest population attributable risk?

ApoB/ApoA-1 - 49%
smoking. - 36%
diabetes - 10%
hypertension - 18%
abdominal obesity - 20%
psychosocial - 33%
fruit and veg daily - 14%
exercise - 12%
alcohol - 7%


describe the 10 year CVD risk prediction chart?

•These are based on DATA from the Framingham Study, a cohort study looking at RFs + outcomes.
•10,000 subjects analysed for BP, diabetic status, smoking status + outcomes measured.
•Found numerous factors were associated with ↑ risk of CHD, CVA, HF and peripheral vascular disease.


describe the role of risk calculators in CHD?

•Illustrates visually to patient – RED = BAD
•Informs the clinician as to who to treat
•Emphasises what’s important in terms of modifiable risk factors (i.e. more important to stop smoking than to eat extra fruit + veg)


what is strategic planning?

•Where are we now? Baseline data, how many people have the disease? How many at risk? WHO is affected?
•Where do we want to go? We want less. How much? Is that realistic? Will we have balance ↓ across demographic/socioeconomic classes? Where we draw the line, between treating ‘well people’ for a disease they don’t have?
•How to get there? -> Evidence base should inform us what’s effective – diet? Exercise? Medication?
•How will we know if we’re there? Measures of…death? Cashed prescriptions? + NSFs


what are national service frameworks?

• Policies set by NHS to define care standards for major diseases (Cancer, CHD, COPD, DM etc.) or for specific patient groups (elderly, palliative care)
• TWO main roles:
1) Set formal quality requirements, based on best evidence for/against treatments/services
2) Offer strategies/support to help organisations attain these