Focusing on Women's Health from Puberty to Menopause.

Friday, 01 April 2011
The Primary Care Women’s Health Forum is now over one year old. When we met to establish the Forum, we set ourselves several aims and objectives. As we celebrate our first anniversary, our membership continues to grow and we are beginning to deliver on our major objectives: to be the voice for women and improve their healthcare.
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Friday, 01 April 2011
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a largely preventable, slowly progressive, inflammatory disease. Rates of COPD are rising faster in women than in men, yet women are less likely to be diagnosed. There is currently no cure, but best-practice management outlined in recently updated NICE guidelines can help to improve patients’ symptoms and quality of life.
Category: Editorial
Friday, 01 April 2011
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the commonest endocrinopathy, affecting 5-12% of women. Every aspect has been controversial from its nomenclature to its management. But accurate diagnosis based on consensus guidelines ensures that treatment can be tailored effectively to each woman’s symptoms and needs.
Category: Editorial
Friday, 01 April 2011
The birth of a new baby is usually seen as a cause for celebration. But following delivery, a woman has a greater likelihood of psychiatric admission to hospital than at any other point in her life. This is often due to puerperal psychosis, a serious mental illness requiring prompt recognition and medical treatment. Primary care professionals are well placed to identify early symptoms to minimise risks to mother and baby.
Category: Editorial
Friday, 01 April 2011
Thanks to effective treatment, people with HIV are living longer than ever. Older people are now the fastest growing group with HIV in the UK, and as many as one in five adults accessing care is now aged over 50 years. But treatment does not mean cure, and a targeted approach to support is needed, as well as action to halt the growing numbers of older women and men affected by HIV.
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Friday, 01 April 2011
Many primary care clinicians worry about how to take an appropriate sexual history. Raising the issue seems straightforward when a woman has symptoms or when contraception or cervical screening feature in a consultation. The challenge occurs when the possibility of sexual health issues may not be so apparent to the patient.
Category: Editorial
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Category: Back to Basics
Thursday, 27 January 2011
After myocardial infarction (MI) half of all patients will experience an episode of depression. We carried out the first survey of GP and primary care nurse attitudes and beliefs about depression in post-MI patients.
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