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The PAPAA Blog: Jun 2020

Priority Setting Partnership

So what is priority setting? Well it's what the The James Lind Alliance (JLA) does. JLA is a non-profit making initiative established in 2004. It brings patients, carers and clinicians together in Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs) to identify and prioritise the Top 10 unanswered questions or evidence uncertainties that they agree are the most…

Shielding after lockdown is eased

Extract from The BMJ Opinion by Helen Iliff and Ilora Finlay
How can “shielding” be safely lowered as lockdown is eased? 

Those who have been self-shielding or on the NHS shielding list fear their support will vanish, leaving them at heightened risk for a second peak.

The threat to those most clinically vulnerable was communicated from the…

Software and apps advice

Advice for members of the public and professional users of software and apps used in COVID-19 pandemic has been published by the MHRA.

How to tell if an app is a medical device

If the software or app you are using has a medical purpose it is important that it is CE marked.

A CE mark is a logo that is placed on medical devices to show they…

Reassurance to patients on immunosuppressive medications

Data on the course of COVID-19 in patients with rheumatic conditions are still rare and limited to small numbers of cases. Patients with rheumatic diseases are concerned about the extent to which their condition increases the risk of a severe course and the impact of the intake of their immunosuppressants on this.

"There is considerable…

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