Market Research RSS Feedshttp://www.djsresearch.co.ukMarket Research RSS FeedsThu, 24 May 2018 07:11:38 BST New research sheds light on misconceptions of cancer causes New research sheds light on misconceptions of cancer causes: A study carried out by University College London (UCL) and the University of Leeds, highlights the many beliefs people have around what can cause cancer. The survey, part-funded by Cancer Research UK, questioned 1,330 people and found many of them believed in risk-factors for which there is no solid scientific evidence. Forty-three per cent of respondents believed stress could make them more likely to get cancer, while slightly less (42%), thought consuming food with additives could increase their chances. Other 'mythical' factors according the Cancer Research UK were electromagnetic frequencies (35%), eating GM food (34%), microwave ovens (19%) and drinking from plastic bottles (15%). The study also found 'approximately half of known lifestyle-related risk factors were not recognised by the general public in England'. Respondents did correctly identify some cancer risk factors including smoking (88%), passive smoking (80%) and sunburn (60%). The findings were published in the European Journal of Cancer. Dr Samuel Smith from the University of Leeds said: 'It's worrying to see so many people endorse risk factors for which there is no convincing evidence. 'Compared to past research it appears the number of people believing in unproven causes of cancer has increased since the start of the century which could be a result of changes to how we access news and information through the internet and social media. 'It's vital to improve public education about the causes of cancer if we want to help people make informed decisions about their lives and ensure they aren't worrying unnecessarily.' Clare Hyde from Cancer Research UK said: 'Around four in 10 cancer cases could be prevented through lifestyle changes so it's crucial we have the right information to help us separate the wheat from the chaff. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/New-research-sheds-light-on-misconceptions-of-cancer-causes-04168 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/New-research-sheds-light-on-misconceptions-of-cancer-causes-04168 Healthcare Assistants taking on additional roles often without training Healthcare Assistants taking on additional roles often without training: A survey of healthcare assistants (HCAs) working in the NHS has revealed two thirds of workers are carrying out tasks that are usually the responsibility of nurses or other staff members, often without adequate training or proper supervision. The research by public service union, Unison, polled 2,000 HCAs working in the NHS throughout the UK and found many had undertaken tasks such as taking patients' blood pressure, dressing wounds and giving drugs. Almost three quarters (74%) surveyed said they have had to carry out additional tasks when at work ' because of staff shortages, with more than half (51%) disclosing they had not had any further training to undertake tasks such as giving out medication and changing stoma bags. Follow up to earlier Unison survey The research was ordered to follow up on a 2016 survey by Unison to 'return to some of the key issues identified' to gain an accurate picture of working in the NHS from the point of view of frontline staff. A lack of support and inadequate training Two thirds (63%) of respondents said the support they had from doctors and nurses when left to care for patients was not adequate, while 39 per cent said they are do not feel confident about the safety of patients they are tasked with looking after. The conditions, according to respondents, have been worse over the last winter than the previous year with over half (57%) saying they have had picked up more work this year because of nursing or clinical staff shortages. Compared to last year, 41 per cent of HCAs have also been asked to carry out tasks without being first provided with adequate training, while 37% noted the frequency of having to carry out tasks unsupervised had increased. Nicole, a HCA in Manchester and a case study from the Unison study, said: 'On my first day I was shown how to do tasks like taking pulses and blood pressure by another HCA. They said they'd never been properly trained how to do it and weren't really sure if they were doing it properly. HCAs are doing ECGs and taking bloods, that's a lot of responsibility.' UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: 'Healthcare assistants are being left to fill staffing gaps and do vital tasks without recognition or reward. It's bad for them and bad for patients. 'It is important these staff receive training for all the extra responsibilities they're expected to take on. 'It's clear the pressures on them to act as nurse substitutes have increased over the winter. The Government needs to show they value healthcare assistants by investing in their training.' http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Healthcare-Assistants-taking-on-additional-roles-often-without-training-04167 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Healthcare-Assistants-taking-on-additional-roles-often-without-training-04167 Ninety per cent of councils cutting services aimed at preventing illness Ninety per cent of councils cutting services aimed at preventing illness: Funding has been cut to public health services by 90% of councils, putting greater pressure on GPs, an investigation has found. Services such as sexual health clinics, drug and alcohol treatment programmes and help to quit smoking services have had their funding dramatically reduced or even stopped in some cases. The research by GP publication, Pulse, surveyed 80 councils to compile the data, which has caused doctors to warn the situation will put additional strain on an already stretched National Health Service. Council cuts to preventative health services The service to experience the greatest cuts by councils is drug and alcohol treatment services ' with 87 per cent of councils cutting funding. Funding for these services has been reduced by 3 per cent (on average) and was also subject to a 6 per cent cut in 2017. Funding to sexual health clinics has been cut by 83 per cent of councils and by an average of 2 percent this year, with funding cut by 5 per cent just 12 months ago. Smoking services have also been cut by 73 per cent of councils, although this is largely the same as it was last year, while many weight-management services have been stopped altogether. Chairman of the British Medical Association's GP committee, Dr Richard Vautrey, said: "Practices are all too often left picking up the pieces and patients are losing the option of access to important services in their area. "Ultimately these short-sighted cuts will cost the NHS in the long run as we don't properly invest in prevention and health promotion." Between 2015-2017 the public health grant for England was slashed by around 10% and in 2019-20 from £3.5 billion to £3.34 billion. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Ninety-per-cent-of-councils-cutting-services-aimed-at-preventing-illness-04166 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Ninety-per-cent-of-councils-cutting-services-aimed-at-preventing-illness-04166 The number of EU nurses leaving their job outnumbers the amount joining the NHS, according to recent statistics http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/The-number-of-EU-nurses-leaving-their-job-outnumbers-the-amount-joining-the-NHS-according-to-recent-statistics-04122 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/The-number-of-EU-nurses-leaving-their-job-outnumbers-the-amount-joining-the-NHS-according-to-recent-statistics-04122 Sheffield would rather spend more money on better healthcare than staffing, despite GP shortages Sheffield would rather spend more money on better healthcare than staffing, despite GP shortages: According to a recent online poll, around three quarters of those surveyed preferred to increase their income tax by one pence to help fund better healthcare; conversely, almost one tenth (9%) strongly disagreed with the idea. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Sheffield-would-rather-spend-more-money-on-better-healthcare-than-staffing-despite-GP-shortages-04028 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Sheffield-would-rather-spend-more-money-on-better-healthcare-than-staffing-despite-GP-shortages-04028 Parents are increasingly suffering from postpartum depression, according to a new survey http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Parents-are-increasingly-suffering-from-postpartum-depression-according-to-a-new-survey-04007 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Parents-are-increasingly-suffering-from-postpartum-depression-according-to-a-new-survey-04007 Over half a million people suffer from work-related stress, anxiety or depression, survey finds http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Over-half-a-million-people-suffer-from-work-related-stress-anxiety-or-depression-survey-finds-03994 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Over-half-a-million-people-suffer-from-work-related-stress-anxiety-or-depression-survey-finds-03994 Over half of children feel less confident because of social media posts, survey says http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Over-half-of-children-feel-less-confident-because-of-social-media-posts-survey-says-03921 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Over-half-of-children-feel-less-confident-because-of-social-media-posts-survey-says-03921 Poll reveals upselling food and beverage products aids weight-gain Poll reveals upselling food and beverage products aids weight-gain: Conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and Slimming World, the poll revealed that upselling food and beverages can add an average of 17,000 calories per person, each year. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Poll-reveals-upselling-food-and-beverage-products-aids-weight-gain-03818 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Poll-reveals-upselling-food-and-beverage-products-aids-weight-gain-03818 A new NHS survey reveals that more than 50,000 lives are saved, due to organ transplants A new NHS survey reveals that more than 50,000 lives are saved, due to organ transplants: NHS Blood and Transplant published statistics stating the number of transplants that has been made across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/A-new-NHS-survey-reveals-that-more-than-50000-lives-are-saved-due-to-organ-transplants-03768 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/A-new-NHS-survey-reveals-that-more-than-50000-lives-are-saved-due-to-organ-transplants-03768 Recent polls reveal outlook on mental health services during England’s NHS Five Year Forward View http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Recent-polls-reveal-outlook-on-mental-health-services-during-Englands-NHS-Five-Year-Forward-View-03765 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Recent-polls-reveal-outlook-on-mental-health-services-during-Englands-NHS-Five-Year-Forward-View-03765 A recent study shows that 66 percent of adults are eating three, or fewer servings of fruit and vegetables a day http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/A-recent-study-shows-that-66-percent-of-adults-are-eating-three-or-fewer-servings-of-fruit-and-vegetables-a-day-03756 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/A-recent-study-shows-that-66-percent-of-adults-are-eating-three-or-fewer-servings-of-fruit-and-vegetables-a-day-03756 Survey finds few pregnant women, new mums get specialist mental health care Survey finds few pregnant women, new mums get specialist mental health care: According to a recent health survey of 2,300 women in the United Kingdom, conducted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, just 7 per cent of women who experience either anti-natal and post-natal mental health issues in the last five years were referred to see a specialist. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-few-pregnant-women-new-mums-get-specialist-mental-health-care-03576 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-few-pregnant-women-new-mums-get-specialist-mental-health-care-03576 Body image more important than health for women, survey suggests Body image more important than health for women, survey suggests: A recent health survey by the website, Make Your Switch, has revealed that women are six times more likely to make their body weight a priority over their overall health. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Body-image-more-important-than-health-for-women-survey-suggests-03485 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Body-image-more-important-than-health-for-women-survey-suggests-03485 Many middle age Brits need to change their unhealthy lifestyles Many middle age Brits need to change their unhealthy lifestyles: According to experts, approximately 80 per cent of middle age British people currently have a lifestyle which is putting their health at risk. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Many-middle-age-Brits-need-to-change-their-unhealthy-lifestyles-03444 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Many-middle-age-Brits-need-to-change-their-unhealthy-lifestyles-03444 Survey finds young people are not likely to talk about mental health Survey finds young people are not likely to talk about mental health: According to a recent mental health survey by See Me - a new campaign which hopes to combat the stigma surrounding mental health, which prevents young people from speaking out ' 37 per cent of youngsters aged between 15 and 25 would tell someone if they were struggling to cope with their mental health. In contrast, 78 per cent said that they would tell someone if they were suffering from a physical illness. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-young-people-are-not-likely-to-talk-about-mental-health-03395 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-finds-young-people-are-not-likely-to-talk-about-mental-health-03395 25 per cent of care home beds are in jeopardy 25 per cent of care home beds are in jeopardy: According to what leading care sector companies told the Department of Health, 25 per cent (approximately 100,000) of care home beds in England will be at risk of closure unless the UK Government bails out the health and social care sector in the chancellor's autumn statement. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/25-per-cent-of-care-home-beds-are-in-jeopardy-03347 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/25-per-cent-of-care-home-beds-are-in-jeopardy-03347 Dentistry should be portrayed more positively in the press, survey suggests Dentistry should be portrayed more positively in the press, survey suggests: According to the most recent NHS Confidence Monitor survey findings, NHS dentistry should be portrayed in a more positive light in the national media. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Dentistry-should-be-portrayed-more-positively-in-the-press-survey-suggests-03314 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Dentistry-should-be-portrayed-more-positively-in-the-press-survey-suggests-03314 Decline in blood donors in the last decade Decline in blood donors in the last decade: According to the Welsh Blood Service, the volume of people choosing to donate blood in Wales has declined throughout the last 10 years. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Decline-in-blood-donors-in-the-last-decade-03264 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Decline-in-blood-donors-in-the-last-decade-03264 Survey discovers 1 in 8 patients wait over a month for scan results Survey discovers 1 in 8 patients wait over a month for scan results: According to a recent health survey by the Patients Association and the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) - which aimed to explore patients' experiences of diagnostic imaging - approximately 1 in 8 patients are forced to wait for more than a month before receiving the results of a scan. http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-discovers-1-in-8-patients-wait-over-a-month-for-scan-results-03244 http://www.djsresearch.co.uk/blog/article/Survey-discovers-1-in-8-patients-wait-over-a-month-for-scan-results-03244