John Hall has passed on your request for examples of health care data that could be used to support SPSS training courses. Have you considered looking the CQC’s patient surveys, all of which are analysed using SPSS? Survey reports can be found here http://www.cqc.org.uk/publications/surveys/surveys, details of how the surveys are developed is here http://nhssurveys.org/, and I think the data are stored in the Essex data archive. For more information I suggest you contact Chris Graham, Chief Executive of Picker Institute Europe, at [hidden email].
Thanks so much for your prompt and positive reply. I'll upload the leaflet and send you the link, but first I need to decide where to put it and give it prominence.
I note you have done further (survey) research in the area of medicine and wonder if you could advise Margaret MacDougall [ [hidden email] ]whether you know of any appropriate data sets she could consider. She wrote to the SPSS-X list recently:
"I would be grateful for advice on any good quality teaching materials that I can access for running practical sessions in the use of SPSS with medical students. It would be helpful to gain an idea of available materials to avoid reinventing the wheel completely, where appropriate. I have deliberately avoided specifying statistical topics, as I simply want to review what is available at this stage."
I offered some of the data I have here, but she replied:
" Many thanks for the kind suggestion, John. However, it is imperative that I centre my teaching around real-life case scenarios in medicine or allied health sciences."
I don't know if you saw the coverage on BBC News and in The Guardian of a new report:
Dementia: Patients ‘dehumanised’ by hospital restraint techniques – report
Controversial methods such as raising bed bars and putting walking aids out of reach leave elderly people stressed, says government-funded research
How lovely to hear from you again! Of course you may upload my report if you wish to.
It seems such a long time ago now. I’ve now retired from my paid role at Oxford University, but you might be interested to know that I went on to do quite a bit of survey research, including helping the Department of Health establish the NHS patient survey programme – the first and most comprehensive patient survey programme in the world – and then overseeing its implementation when I was Chief Executive of Picker Institute Europe.
The course at PNL certainly gave me an excellent grounding. Here's what I went on to do:
2016- Non-Executive Director, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (2016- )
2011-16 Senior Research Scientist (p/t), Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford
2009-16 Director of Global Initiatives (p/t), Informed Medical Decisions Foundation
2009-12 Non-Executive Director, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust
2000-08 Chief Executive, Picker Institute Europe 1993-99 Executive Director, Policy and Development, King’s Fund
1991-93 Director, Health Services Research Unit, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Oxford; and University Research Lecturer.
1986-91 Director of Primary Care Studies, Unit of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Oxford.
1983-86 Research Officer, Department of Community Medicine and General Practice, University of Oxford.
1982-83 Research Officer, Research & Statistics Branch, Inner London Education Authority.
After 26 years of (early) retirement, 23 in Normandy, I have been sorting, cataloguing and packing 50 years' worth of books, reports and papers accumulated during my 50+ years in survey research. One item I unearthed is;
Who Minds About the Minders?
(Pamphlet No 17, Low Pay Unit, 1981)
. . which I have scanned as a pdf file (attached). I would very much like to upload it to my site as an example of what can be accomplished by undergraduate students with adequate professional and academic support, and would like your permission to upload it to my site.
Unfortunately PNL/London Met has been woefully lax in following up graduates, but it is gratifying to see how many of our Social Research students now occupy senior positions, including seven holding full Chairs in UK universities. You are yet another to add to the list.
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