Caroline Tomes

Caroline Tomes
Caroline is a Public Health Specialty Registrar currently working and living in Cambridge. Her background is in sociology, psychology and health improvement and she has a specialist interest in mental health. Wishing to raise awareness of evidence-based public health and critical appraisal skills, she co-founded and regularly chairs the Public Health Twitter Journal Club (#PHTwitJC).

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The UK’s chlamydia mass media campaign encouraged high risk groups to get tested

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) today in the United Kingdom, and sexually active young people (15 – 24) are most at risk.  It can be difficult to know if you have chlamydia as most people do not have symptoms, and if left untreated can lead to serious long-term health consequences including [read the full story…]

Social media in health care: benefits, harms and the need for good quality evidence

How we communicate online has changed.  We have moved from communicating in a top-down linear fashion (coined Web 1.0) such as providing information on web-pages, to a world where producers of information are no longer separate from consumers of information (coined Web 2.0) – we are now able to collaborate, interact, create and exchange information. [read the full story…]

Time To Change stigma and discrimination: evaluation results

The April 2013 edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry included a special supplement of papers which focused on the Time To Change campaign.  This supplement included 7 evaluation studies of the first phase of the campaign, which ran between 2008 and 2011. This Lifestyle Elf finds mental health promotion a fascinating area, and was [read the full story…]

Promoting health at work – what works?

smiling butchers at work

Health and work are intrinsically linked.  There is a strong evidence base which shows good health is associated with finding and staying in work, financial and social benefits, as well as advantages for physical and mental health and well-being.  Conversely, a strong association exists between worklessness and poorer health outcomes.  Work can be therapeutic however, [read the full story…]