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Managing Complaints About Doctors: Stakeholder Perspectives Of The Role Of The Medical Council In Ireland, Siobhan Mccarthy, Hannah Mcgee, Ciaran O'Boyle Dec 2006

Managing Complaints About Doctors: Stakeholder Perspectives Of The Role Of The Medical Council In Ireland, Siobhan Mccarthy, Hannah Mcgee, Ciaran O'Boyle

Psychology Reports

This study has quantified the number of complaints made about doctors to hospitals in Ireland over a five year period. Complaints about doctors represented a minority of overall complaints to hospitals. They predominantly concerned clinical care and communication issues. There were few patient complaints about unprofessional behaviour. Hospitals rarely referred complaints to the Irish Medical Council. Thus current practice differs significantly from that envisaged in the new legislative framework. There is a need to promote transparent, efficient and effective regulation through a standardised inter-agency approach.


Defining And Quantifying Coping Strategies After Stroke: A Review., Claire Donnellan, David Hevey, Anne Hickey, Desmond O'Neill Nov 2006

Defining And Quantifying Coping Strategies After Stroke: A Review., Claire Donnellan, David Hevey, Anne Hickey, Desmond O'Neill

Psychology Articles

The coping strategies that people use after a stroke may influence recovery. Coping measures are generally used to assess the mediating behaviour between a stressor (ie, disease or condition) and the physical or psychological outcome of an individual. This review evaluates measures that quantified coping strategies in studies on psychological adaptation to stroke. The main aspects of the coping measures reviewed were (a) conceptual basis; (b) coping domains assessed; (c) coping strategies used after a stroke; and (d) psychometric properties of coping measures used in studies assessing patients with stroke. Four databases (Medline, CINAHL, PsychINFO and Cochrane Systematic Reviews) were ...


The Irish Study Of Sexual Health And Relationships Main Report, Richard Layte, Hannah Mcgee, Amanda Quail, Kay Rundle, Grainne Cousins, Claire Donnelly, Fiona Mulcahy, Ronán Conroy Oct 2006

The Irish Study Of Sexual Health And Relationships Main Report, Richard Layte, Hannah Mcgee, Amanda Quail, Kay Rundle, Grainne Cousins, Claire Donnelly, Fiona Mulcahy, Ronán Conroy

Psychology Reports

SEX and sexuality are core dimensions of the human experience and an important determinant of well-being. An individual’s sexual behaviour and sexual health cannot be separated from their social and cultural context. This is brought out in the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) definition of sexual health. It is concerned not just with the absence of disease or dysfunction but with a broad definition of health: “Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.” Nonetheless, sexual ...


Factors Influencing General Practitioner Referral Of Patients Developing End-Stage Renal Failure: A Standardised Case-Analysis Study., Anthony J. Montgomery, Hannah Mcgee, William Shannon, John Donohoe Sep 2006

Factors Influencing General Practitioner Referral Of Patients Developing End-Stage Renal Failure: A Standardised Case-Analysis Study., Anthony J. Montgomery, Hannah Mcgee, William Shannon, John Donohoe

Psychology Articles

BACKGROUND: To understand why treatment referral rates for ESRF are lower in Ireland than in other European countries, an investigation of factors influencing general practitioner referral of patients developing ESRF was conducted.

METHOD: Randomly selected general practitioners (N = 51) were interviewed using 32 standardised written patient scenarios to elicit referral strategies. Main outcome measures: General practitioner referral levels and thresholds for patients developing end-stage renal disease; referral routes (nephrologist vs other physicians); influence of patient age, marital status and co-morbidity on referral.

RESULTS: Referral levels varied widely with the full range of cases (0-32; median = 15) referred by different doctors ...


Third National Survey Of Cardiac Rehabilitation Service Provision In Ireland: Progress On The 1999 National Cardiovascular Health Strategy Recommendations, Mary Delaney, Rachel Flynn, Marian Kiernan, Frank Doyle, Moira Lonergan, Shirley Ingram, Hannah Mcgee Jul 2006

Third National Survey Of Cardiac Rehabilitation Service Provision In Ireland: Progress On The 1999 National Cardiovascular Health Strategy Recommendations, Mary Delaney, Rachel Flynn, Marian Kiernan, Frank Doyle, Moira Lonergan, Shirley Ingram, Hannah Mcgee

Psychology Reports

Background: The National Cardiovascular Health Strategy, including specific plans for cardiac rehabilitation, was launched in Ireland in 1999. A survey of cardiac rehabilitation services was conducted in 2006 to evaluate progress on service provision. Aim: To establish levels of service provision and service formats of cardiac rehabilitation services in 2005, compare them with the status pre-Strategy (1998) and to ascertain areas in which additional resources may be needed to achieve the 10 national recommendations for cardiac rehabilitation. Method: All hospitals in Ireland (n=37) admitting cardiac patients to a coronary or intensive care unit completed surveys by postal questionnaire or ...


Individual Quality Of Life: Can It Be Accounted For By Psychological Or Subjective Well-Being?, Lena Ring, Stefan Höfer, Hannah Mcgee, Anne Hickey, Ciaran O'Boyle Jul 2006

Individual Quality Of Life: Can It Be Accounted For By Psychological Or Subjective Well-Being?, Lena Ring, Stefan Höfer, Hannah Mcgee, Anne Hickey, Ciaran O'Boyle

Psychology Articles

There is ongoing discussion in the scientific literature about the need for a more theoretical foundation to underpin quality of life (QoL) measurement. This paper applied Keyes at al.’s (2002) model of well-being as a framework to assess whether respondents (n=136 students) focus on elements of subjective well-being (SWB), such as satisfaction and happiness, or on elements of psychological well-being (PWB), such as meaning and personal growth, when making individual QoL (IQoL) judgments using the Schedue of the Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life (SEIQoL). The Keyes et al’s model was confirmed and explained 41% of the ...


The Hospital Anxiety And Depression Scale Depression Subscale, But Not The Beck Depression Inventory-Fast Scale, Identifies Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome At Elevated Risk Of 1-Year Mortality., Frank Doyle, Hannah Mcgee, Davida De La Harpe, Emer Shelley, Ronán Conroy May 2006

The Hospital Anxiety And Depression Scale Depression Subscale, But Not The Beck Depression Inventory-Fast Scale, Identifies Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome At Elevated Risk Of 1-Year Mortality., Frank Doyle, Hannah Mcgee, Davida De La Harpe, Emer Shelley, Ronán Conroy

Psychology Articles

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate the use of short-form depression scales in assessing 1-year mortality risk in a national sample of patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: Patients with ACS (N=598) completed either the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale depression subscale (HADS-D) or the Beck Depression Inventory-Fast Scale (BDI-FS). Their mortality status was assessed at 1 year. RESULTS: Cox proportional hazards modeling showed that patients depressed at baseline (combining HADS-D and BDI-FS depressed cases) were more likely to die within 1 year [hazard ratio (HR)=2.8, 95% CI=1.4-5.7, P=.005 ...


Impact Of Briefly-Assessed Depression On Secondary Prevention Outcomes After Acute Coronary Syndrome: A One-Year Longitudinal Survey, Hannah Mcgee, Frank Doyle, Ronán Conroy, Davida De La Harpe, Emer Shelley Feb 2006

Impact Of Briefly-Assessed Depression On Secondary Prevention Outcomes After Acute Coronary Syndrome: A One-Year Longitudinal Survey, Hannah Mcgee, Frank Doyle, Ronán Conroy, Davida De La Harpe, Emer Shelley

Psychology Articles

Background: Patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) are at increased risk of further acute cardiac events. Secondary prevention aims to decrease morbidity and mortality post-ACS. Depression is related to increased risk in this population, and to poorer secondary prevention activities. However, lengthy depression assessment techniques preclude depression assessment in routine care. The present study investigated the relationship of briefly-assessed depression with secondary prevention outcomes one year post-ACS. Methods: Following ethics committee approval, hospitals recruited patients for a national survey of ACS. Consenting patients with ACS completed a brief depression scale during hospitalisation. The predictive validity of two brief scales was ...


The Irish Study Of Sexual Health And Relationships Summary Report, Richard Layte, Hannah Mcgee, Amanda Quail, Kay Rundle, Grainne Cousins, Claire Donnelly, Fiona Mulcahy, Ronán Conroy Jan 2006

The Irish Study Of Sexual Health And Relationships Summary Report, Richard Layte, Hannah Mcgee, Amanda Quail, Kay Rundle, Grainne Cousins, Claire Donnelly, Fiona Mulcahy, Ronán Conroy

Psychology Reports

This study was commissioned by the Department of Health and Children and the Crisis Pregnancy Agency (CPA) in response to a recommendation of the National AIDS Strategy Committee.The Crisis Pregnancy Agency became involved in the project in the lightof international evidence showing that aspects of sexual health, such as contraception, crisis pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, should be examined jointly. The study builds upon the already extensive research conducted by the CPA since its establishment. The CPA and the Department of Health and Children funded this research because the sexual health sector needs robust and comprehensive data to effectively ...