It contains a number of papers which look at expectations and experiences of health services from the perspective of service users, their carers and health service providers.

One such study looks at the position of patients who cannot leave hospital because no care setting is available from a patient and care-giver perspective.

October’s issue also includes papers highlighting how the views of patients and service providers differ.

Han et al’s study of decision‐making amongst older people with end stage renal disease found some patients felt persuaded by doctors and family members to commence dialysis.

Damman et al looked at the use of patient‐reported outcome measures (PROMS) in the decision making of patients with Parkinson’s disease. While both patients and professionals were positive about PROMS, they valued them for different reasons.

Other topics include risk communication, experiences after treatment and how patients can be involved in shaping the health services they use.