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mythbusters: abortion & mental health (nucleus - November 2018)

Abortion continues to be a major political, cultural and spiritual battleground, and the question of whether abortion is linked to mental health problems in women has long been a part of this debate. Assessing the effect of abortion on mental health is complex and controversial, and findings are frequently conflicting....

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distinctives: addiction in pregnancy (nucleus - November 2018)

Edinburgh is famous for its iconic skyline, the festival and its important place in Scottish history. However, in the city also famous for Trainspotting, you don't have to journey far to come face-to-face with the harsh reality that faces many of its residents. A 25 minute bus journey from where...

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addiction: closer to home than you think (nucleus - November 2018)

what is addiction? 'Can you control your drinking?' a colleague innocently asked a circle of doctors, at the bar at 5pm, followed by: 'and why do you think you need to control it?' The issue of control is at the heart of addiction. I will look at psychoactive substances...

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Bullying and NHS culture (triple helix - spring 2017)

It seems hard to credit that an organisation whose primary focus is the care of the sick should have an appalling reputation for bullying and intimidation of staff. However multiple surveys (1) of NHS staff show that at least 25-30% of respondents reported experiencing bullying from colleagues and managers at...

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Respect, trust and consent (triple helix - spring 2015)

There was a time when a Christian doctor working in the UK could reasonably presume a shared worldview with her or his patients. In most areas, most people would identify themselves as 'Christian'. The gospel story was familiar, even if not understood, or personally embraced. Today, competing belief systems, including...

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primary care in crisis (triple helix - summer 2014)

Steve Fouch reports on a crisis affecting the future of GP services in deprived urban and rural areas. What will happen if nearly 100 general practices in areas of urban and rural poverty close down within the next twelve months? The implications are deeply concerning – patients turning to other, already...

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Honouring Personhood in Patients (triple helix - spring 2013)

The added value of chaplaincy in general practice Ross Bryson Whole Person Health Trust, 2012 £7.00 Pb 72 pp ISBN 978-0-9544644-6-2 Enter here and enjoy a book that provides a unique insight into practical whole person care with an emphasis on patients' spiritual needs. The contributors offer...

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Doctors urged to give out vouchers for foodbanks (11/12/2012)

The Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) is encouraging more doctors to give out vouchers for foodbanks. In the latest edition of Triple Helix, its magazine for Christian doctors, a report by...
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Feeding the Poor (triple helix - Winter 2012)

Valerie Rowe helped start a foodbank in her area. 'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.' (1) As you shop do you think you could buy just one extra item - a tin of fruit, some sugar, a jar of jam?' Have you ever been greeted...

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Medicine behind bars (triple helix - summer 2012)

Prison medicine is a fascinating world of interest and challenge, with great opportunities to be innovative. There are plenty of reasons why Christian doctors can contribute positively to this vital area. Sometimes it can be more like casualty than general practice, especially in a remand prison. There may be a...

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