Sex, Lives and Red Tape

What are parties pledging for public health?

Its only a few days before we vote in the 2015 General Election, and I decided to do a quick audit of the main party manifestos against the FPH ‘Start … Continue reading

May 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Where in the developed world is contraception free?

In conducting any literature review a researcher must weigh up quality (i.e. finding relevant studies to your research question), and quantity (i.e. being swamped by the sheer volume of publications). It … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Visualising Data (Guardian Masterclass notes)

On Sunday 19th October I went along to the “Introduction to infographics and data visualisation” (Guardian Masterclass). The main aim was to explore different approaches to communicating complex data to a range of … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Promoting postpartum birth spacing – what works?

The Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) team monthly journal club discussed the following paper: Sonalkar S, Mody S and Gaffield M E (2013) Outreach and integration programs to promote family planning … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Making sense of contraception use

Getting to grips with STATA (check). Getting access to Natsal-3 data (check). Analysing data (check, and check). Reviewing analysis with supervisors (check) resulting in discussing again and going round in … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

The case for providing under-16s with contraceptive implants

Last week the Daily Mail reported that over 3,500 people under eighteen have been given the contraceptive implant in Scotland since 2010. The article raised concerns (in the moralising tone typical of the … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

Should we be screening for IPV in healthcare?

The IfWH Sexual and Reproductive Health team hold a monthly journal club. Today my colleagues and I critically appraised this recently published paper: O’Doherty L J, Taft A, Hegarty K, Ramsay J, … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mental illness as a form of deviance

I recently decided to spruce up my blog and biography. Having thought long and hard about how to summarise my professional interests, I settled upon the following statement: Caroline has many professional interests … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

What do young people think about sex and relationships today?

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) yesterday published a new report entitled Young people, sex and relationships: The new norms available online here. Methodology: what did they do? The authors used a … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mental health: stigma or stig-nah? (a letter to Elizabeth Day)

Dear Elizabeth Day, I started reading your Guardian piece on Robin Williams and the ‘stigma’ of mental illness with great interest. It started well. You acknowledged the media’s tendency to invade the … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · 3 Comments