Screening Horizon Scanning, Volume 5 Issue 3

May 20, 2013

Final edition of Screening Horizon Scanning bulletin

May 20, 2013

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Opportunistic screening for depression can improve carers’ health, says college

May 20, 2013

Source: British Medical Journal, BMJ 2013;346:f3099

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Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  Royal College of General Practice guidance for commissioners recommends opportunistically screening carers for depression during routine consultations. The recommendation is part of a series of proposals aimed at encouraging commissioners to invest in services for carers.  The College estimates that carers already save £119billion of public expenditure and that could be even more if there are sufficient measures in place to ensure the carers own health is maintained.

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Cost effectiveness of the NHS breast screening programme: life table model

May 20, 2013

Source:  British Medical Journal 2013;346:f2618 doi: 10.1136/bmj.f2618

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Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Compared two cohorts, each of 360, 000 women, from the age of 50 for 35 years to ascertain cost effectiveness of breast screening.  One cohort was screened, the other unscreened. The study constructed life tables for the two groups employing a range of input and cost parameters. Concludes that there is a moderate possibility of a breast screening programme being cost effective under the current NICE criterion of £20,000 per QALY.  However, there is substantial scope for further randomised  trials to improve the evidence base for effects of modern techniques of digital mammography, surgery, radiotherapy and adjuvant chemotherapy.

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GPs braced for ‘enormous’ workload from vascular screening

May 20, 2013

Source: GP

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Date of publication: April 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  Research indicates that the new programme of vascular screening will pick up more than 150,000 new cases – many more than the 20,000 initially predicted by the DH. The research, which was part-funded by the DH, was carried out by the University of Leicester. The figures, calculated from a sample of 3,707 patients, assume a take-up rate of 45%. If the programme reached the DH’s target for commissioners of 75%, then figures could be expected to be even higher.

Length of publication: webpage

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Screening Horizon Scanning, Volume 5 Issue 2

April 19, 2013

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Dementia checks in new DES contract for GPs

April 19, 2013

Title: GPs to check millions for dementia, DES plans show

Source: GP

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Date of publication: March 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The new directed enhanced services (DESs) for the GP contract in 2013/14 will include provision for dementia screening. Practices will be required to identify candidates for screening from a list of categories of at-risk patients and make an opportunistic offer during routine consultations. It is estimated that there are 2.4 million at-risk patients and that around half of them will be screened.

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