13 January 2017
We need to start looking at health and social care activity from an "individual patient journey" perspective. This means being a lot less interested in knowing—separately and in isolation—how many A&E attendances in total, how many district nurse contacts in total, how many homecare visits in total, how many GP consultations in total. And—instead—being a lot more interested in how individual patients become an embodiment of collections of events.
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10 January 2017
There are three open course dates in London coming up over the next two months. Demystifying Statistics is a whistle-stop tour through the basic stats syllabus. Arguing with Numbers shows how to describe numbers using the written word and the spoken word - ranging from the one-side-of-A4 summary to the longer, more complex, data-rich report. Flow_ology teaches a 'method' for analysing and presenting unscheduled care data on patient flow within acute hospital organisations.
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6 January 2017
I considered at great length the question of field. In classical anthropology, there's a rigid distinction between "field" and "home". Field's where you go to do your research, immersing yourself, sometimes at great personal risk, in a maelstrom of raw, unsorted happening. Home's where you go to sort and tame it: catalogue it, analyse it, transform it into something meaningful.
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