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 nuggets of reading material on topics relevant to your work and wellbeing.


Website Title Description URL
Care Management Matters Transfers of care: Guidance for providers. Moving between hospital and home or care home Ewan King explores recent guidance to support people moving between hospital and home or care home.  


Kingsfund Summary: Embedding a culture of quality improvement The report draws on a roundtable event attended by senior local and national NHS leaders, semi-structured interviews with NHS leaders and senior stakeholders involved in quality improvement initiatives, and a literature review. https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/sites/default/files/2017-11/Embedding-culture-QI-summary-Kings-Fund-November-2017.pdf
PLOS Medicine


Intergenerational diabetes and obesity—A cycle to break? Although prevalence of adult-onset diabetes is declining in some countries, the prevalence of childhood obesity and young-onset diabetes, with risk of associated complications, continues to increase in many high- and lower-income countries http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article/file?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1002415&type=printable
New York Times Sleep V’s Exercise  For working parents, it’s difficult to find time to exercise during the week, and early morning is often the only time slot available. Is it better for my overall health to get eight hours of sleep per night during the week but not have time to exercise, or to get six and a half to seven hours of sleep per night and fit in a morning workout? https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/08/well/sleep-vs-exercise.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nythealth&smtyp=cur


Australian Health Review Going digital: a narrative overview of the clinical

and organisational impacts of eHealth technologies

in hospital practice

The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of hospital-based eHealth technologies on quality, safety and efficiency of care and clinical outcomes.




The Guardian

Towards a paperless NHS: how digitised records can improve patient care

Clinical technology has moved on massively since the NHS started in 1948, yet the way patient information is recorded hasn’t. Is it time to fully embrace digital documents to reduce costs, and improve efficiency and security? https://www.theguardian.com/improving-healthcare-services/2018/jan/02/towards-a-paperless-nhs-how-digitised-records-can-improve-patient-care



Digital Tonto

We Need To Invite More Disruption and Messiness Into Our Lives — Here’s Why:

In 2010, Alexander Haslam and Craig Knight, both researchers at the University of Exeter, set out to understand how office environments affect productivity. They set up four office layouts and asked subjects to perform simple tasks. They found that when workers were able to clutter up the space with personal knickknacks they got 30% more done than in the 5S environment. https://www.digitaltonto.com/2018/we-need-to-invite-more-disruption-and-messiness-into-our-lives-heres-why/


Kingsfund Accountable care explained.

The basic idea behind accountable care is that different organisations from the health and care system work together to improve the health of their local population by integrating services and tackling the causes of ill health.

Mental Elf

Community singing helps mental health recovery

The qualitative study discussed in this blog (Shakespeare & Whieldon, 2017) is about the effect of participation in an inclusive singing group on mental health and well-being. By offering an opportunity to bring people from different mental health backgrounds in touch with each other, the us/them dichotomy can be challenged.



Students 4 Best Evidence Hope may lead to unrealistic expectations

But hope isn’t always a good thing …Hope may also lead to unrealistic expectations. Indeed research suggests that both patients and clinicians have a tendency to overestimate the benefits of treatments and underestimate their harms.




Digital Tonto We Need To Invite More Disruption and Messiness Into Our Lives — Here’s Why:

To illustrate why disorder can lead to better outcomes Harford offers a simple hill climbing analogy. Imagine if you had to design an algorithm to find the highest point on earth.






NHS winter crisis: When a plan is not a plan


The government and the National Emergency Pressures Panel – the new panel set up by national NHS bodies and the Department of Health to respond to pressure on the NHS this winter –




Queensland Government (AU)

Work/life balance and stress management

Work-life balance is adjusting your day-to-day activities to achieve a sense of balance between work life and personal life. https://www.qld.gov.au/health/mental-health/balance/lifestyle


Diabestes Ireland

People living with Diabetes in Ireland now have access to First-Of-Its-Kind Diabetes Sensing Technology

A revolutionary glucose sensing technology developed by Abbott (NYSE:ABT) is now available in Ireland for the first time. Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System means that adults and children (aged 4 years and older), living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in Ireland https://www.diabetes.ie/freestyle-libre-now-available-in-ireland/



US Food & Drug Administration (FDA)


What is the pancreas? What is an artificial pancreas device system?

The Artificial Pancreas Device System is a system of devices that closely mimics the glucose regulating function of a healthy pancreas.





BBC News


Can ‘light nutrition’ help us beat the January blues?


Most of us are affected by the change in seasons and the amount of natural light we experience, says the mental health charity Mind. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42809255


NHS Employers Health committee publishes nursing workforce report


The Nursing Workforce responds to the recent HSC inquiry and sets out a number of recommendations intended to support existing nurses and expand future nurse supply, helping to ensure high quality health and social care. http://www.nhsemployers.org/news/2018/01/health-committee-report-on-the-nursing-workforce-published




Link to full Report




5 Social Work Theories That Inform Practice

Learning the theories behind psychological practices can be a valuable tool for any social worker. Understanding why people act the way they do can be a step toward helping them break bad habits and exhibit behavior that helps them succeed in life. https://www.socialworkhelper.com/2017/01/27/5-social-work-theories-that-inform-practice/


The Guardian Health Occupational therapy could save NHS and social care – but don’t call us OT


Occupational therapists slash hospital admissions and delayed transfers of care – clinicians and politicians need to recognise and value our work https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2017/may/04/occupational-therapy-nhs-social-care


BBC News


‘I felt vulnerable and violated’: Why rape victims fear smear tests


A survey for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust found many women don’t go for regular smear tests because of embarrassment and you’d be hard-pushed to find any woman who says they look forward to it. However, for women who’ve survived sexual assault the experience, or even the thought of it, can be almost as traumatic as the original offence. http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42790919
Jnl of Reward Deficiency Syndrome & Addiction Science  

Physical Exercise Interventions for Drug Addictive Disorders


Physical exercise physical and psychological health positive through various

different avenues, as example, through affecting positively cognitive performance

based upon the relocation of cortical activity which seems to advancing the brain

development, connectivity and resilience





New York Times Scientists Discover a Bone-Deep
Risk for Heart Disease


The mutated stem cells outlast normal stem cells in the marrow, and their progeny — an increasing percentage of white blood cells — show up in the blood with mutations. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/29/health/heart-disease-mutations-stem-cells.html?smid=tw-nythealth&smtyp=cur  
Kingsfund Addressing the emotional realities of the job: compassionate care for the NHS workforce


How do you process your feelings after a stressful day at work? Ignore it? Take it out on others? https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/blog/2018/01/compassionate-care-nhs-workforce?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_term=thekingsfund  
WHO Influenza update – 307

22 January 2018, – Update number 307, based on data up to 07 January 2018


Influenza activity continued to increase in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere while in the temperate zone of the southern hemisphere activity was at inter-seasonal levels http://www.who.int/influenza/surveillance_monitoring/updates/latest_update_GIP_surveillance/en/