general practitioners

OA nation reveals people live in constant pain

Section of the Arthritis Care website which describes and links to 'OA nation', a large-scale survey and report uncovering the scale and nature of the difficulties facing arthritis sufferers and calling for a UK-wide strategy, which includes agreed standards of care for arthritis and its addition to the GP Contract.

Exercise and depression : information for GPs and healthcare practitioners

This booklet, produced by the Mental Health Foundation, provides information about exercise referral and the treatment of mild or moderate depression for GPs and healthcare practitioners.

The talking cure : why conversation is the future of healthcare

Paper looking at the types of conversations which take place between doctors and patients, particularly concerning diabetes and mental illness. It concludes that doctors are learning to talk and listen to ever more assertive patients and that improving the quality of conversations is vital to empowerment and innovation.

Up and running! : how exercise can help beat depression : information for patients

This booklet, produced by the Mental Health Foundation, provides information about how people with depression can use exercise to help them get better, and that they may be able to get 'prescriptions' for exercise from their GP.

Up and running? : exercise therapy and the treatment of mild or moderate depression in primary care

This resource discuses exercise therapy as a treatment for mild or moderate depression. The report looks at research which indicates incidences of GP 'prescriptions' for exercise in the treatment of depression are low. The Mental Health Foundation is embarking on a campaign to promote exercise referral, the aim of which is to remove the main obstacle to the use of exercise therapy as a first-line treatment for mild or moderate depression in primary care – the failure of information to reach those who may be able to use it. Up and Running? marks the beginning of this campaign.

Carers' health: working for a positive future - a one-day conference, the Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh, Monday 6th October 2004

Report of the proceedings of a one-day conference which aimed to debate and discuss some of the key issues relating to the health of carers such as the levels of investment from central and local government, available training and the attitudes of health professionals.

Improving health services for carers

Document summarising work done and recommendations by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers to make health services better and more responsive for carers.

Development and Testing of the Scottish GP Access Survey Questionnaire

A report describing the development and cognitive testing of the covering letter and questionnaire to be used in the GP Access Survey 2008/09.

Diagnosis and assessment

The Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. They produce information and advice sheets to support those affected by dementia. This information sheet outlines the importance of getting a diagnosis and the processes involved in assessing whether a person is suffering from dementia.

The Scottish Young Carers Festival report 2008

Report of the development and proceedings of the inaugural Scottish Young Carers Festival which took place at the Broomlee Centre in West Linton on 13th-14th September 2008. The festival's purpose was to gather 500 young carers together and give them the opportunity to air issues important to them and interact with key decision makers to influence the decisions and policies which affect them.