Footsteps in the night

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At first I am unsure what has woken me, perhaps an instinctive awareness that the natural order of our house has been disturbed. I hear a gentle padding in the hallway, then suddenly a small face is hovering next to me. “Move over! Make room for me!” comes the chirpy order, revealing the identity of our…

Self-reported pain scales

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A 6 year old boy is brought to the Emergency Department after a fall from a tree. The boy ambulates into triage, but is holding his arm and grimacing with discomfort. Immediately, you conduct a focused physical exam of his arm and rule out other injuries. It is obvious to you that this patient is…

Two new wellness resources

Wellness and wellbeing are current hot topics. Yes, we know that systems need to be changed, and we are all working hard every day to bring about change. But in the meantime, as junior doctors, we still need to go to work every day. The reality of dealing with life and death situations, the responsibility…

Navigating the Sea of Clinical Literature

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  “If we choose to change nothing, then nothing will change” I started with this because, there is no two ways about it, clinical research can be hard. It’s not the new Gucci piece of kit everyone wants to use but it is the foundation of healthcare as we know it. If we want things…