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The role of consultants in the referral process for acute medicine has been a subject of discussion for as long as I have been involved with the speciality. This journal has previously published data

The ability to predict the future would be a useful skill for anyone working in the acute medical unit. While crystal balls have not yet become standard issue for acute medicine trainees, a variety of

Resilience is a quality that acute physicians require in abundance. The ability to ‘bounce back’ from hardships, along with the attributes of ‘faith, hope, optimism and a sense of purpose’,

‘Where’s the evidence?’ It’s a question that most clinicians will ask themselves – or their team – every day. Good evidence requires good research, but it is often challenging to find

Acute Medicine is full of ‘C-words’ – the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s ‘Six Cs’ (Care, Compassion, Competence, Commitment, Courage and Competence) are as relevant on the AMU as anywhere

Hospital mortality has been a hot topic in the medical and popular Press over recent years. Many readers will recall ‘scandals’ around hospitals whose mortality rates appeared higher than that

Clinicians working in acute medicine will be familiar with change. The speciality and the environment we work in has changed continually over the past 15 years – I often reflect that no two years

Quality in health care is difficult to measure. Detailed retrospective reviews of patients’ admission records often reveal areas where quality can be improved, but are time consuming and subjective.

Many readers will be familiar with the challenges associated with the measurement of quality in acute medicine. The annual Society for Acute Medicine Benchmarking Audit (SAMBA) has attempted to map

Readmissions to hospital have been a hot political issue for several years. Most of us working in acute medicine will have managed patients who – with hindsight – should have stayed in hospital