Re-Examining the Potential of Brain Training for Reducing Risk of Developing Dementia (NHS Choices / Alzheimer’s & Dementia)

Summary

There appears to be some evidence that brain training (cognitive stimulation) using computer-based memory training games may assist in the preservation of cognitive functioning in older adults, aged 65 or above, and might have some limited potential to help reduce dementia risk.

The following NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical appraisal provides a due sense of perspective by discussing some potential limitations in this particular research.

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Still no evidence brain training protects us against dementia. London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, November 17th 2017.

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Edwards, JD. Xu, H. [and] Clark, DO. [et al] (2016).  Speed of processing training results in lower risk of dementia. Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions. November 7th 2017. [Epub ahead of print].

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Recent Information on Restraint in Mental Health Trusts, Plus Statistics on Other Safeguarding Topics (BBC News / NHS Digital)

Summary

Freedom of information requests made by the Liberal Democrats have revealed that the use of restraint by mental health trusts in England has increased yearly since 2013, despite repeated calls over recent years for restraint to be minimised. It may be that improvements in the recording and reporting on the use of restraint could have contributed to this apparent increase.

Use of face-down restraint has fallen:

“ …the most extreme restraints, where patients are forced to the ground, fell 9% across 33 trusts”.

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Greenwood, G. (2017). Mental health trusts restrain patients ‘every 10 minutes’. London: BBC Health News, November 16th 2017.

Possibly also of interest, NHS Digital’s report provides more general information about adult safeguarding issues and related enquiries during the 2016/17 financial year, with analyses by type, location, source of risk and outcomes.

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Safeguarding Adults Collection (SAC), Annual Report, England 2016-17. London: NHS Digital, November 15th 2017.

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An Investigation Into NHS Services for Care Homes Residents (NIHR)

Summary

A highly detailed, multi-staged, investigation into which type(s) of NHS primary care services work best for care homes and their residents was conducted. Conclusions drawn are hard to summarise simply, without doing this research some injustice.

One thing is clear. Provision of age-appropriate care to help support residents with dementia would appear to be worthwhile.

“If NHS and care home staff have access to dementia expertise when addressing residents’ behaviours that they find challenging (context) then they have confidence and skills in providing care (mechanism) that reduces the need for antipsychotic prescribing and the distress of residents (outcome)”. (p.vii)

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Goodman, C. Davies, SL. [and] Gordon, AL. [et al] (2017). Optimal NHS service delivery to care homes: a realist evaluation of the features and mechanisms that support effective working for the continuing care of older people in residential settings. Southampton (UK): NIHR Journals Library; October 2017. Vol.5(29).

There is also an Executive Summary.

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National Self Care Week 2017: Embracing Self Care for Life (NHS England / Self Care Forum)

Summary

The Self Care Week (2017), organised by the Self Care Forum, occurs between November 13th – 19th 2017.​ This year’s theme is “Embracing Self Care for Life”. This is all about:

“ …engaging and empowering people to look after their own self-treatable conditions, long term conditions, or lifestyle choices to ensure better physical health and mental wellbeing”.

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Encouraging people to embrace self care for life. [Online]: NHS England, November 13th 2017.

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Self Care Week 2017. Online [Bradford; Yorkshire]: The Self Care Forum, 2017.

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UK “Health at a Glance 2017” Using OECD Indicators (BBC News / OECD)

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s Health at a Glance provides “the latest comparable data and trends on the performance of health systems in OECD countries”.

Britain appears to be the “most obese nation” in Western Europe, with 63% of UK adults being overweight. Obesity rates doubled over the last two decades.

Funding of the NHS appears to compare not unfavourably with that in other developed nations.

“Good access to treatment remains stable for patients, although the number of doctors and nurses is down per head by 18 and 12% respectively”.

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UK most overweight country in Western Europe says OECD. London: BBC Health News, November 11th 2017.

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Health at a Glance 2017: OECD Indicators. Paris: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 2017.

There is a highly detailed version of this report:

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Health at a Glance 2017: OECD Indicators. Paris: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 2017.

The NHS is relatively efficient in its use of resources (although this may not be saying much, when it is estimated that one fifth of healthcare spending across OECD countries is wasted). See further:

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Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development; Berchet, C. Cecchini, M. [and] Couffinhal, A. [et al] (2017). Tackling wasteful spending on health. Paris: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 2017.

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Embedding a Culture for Quality Improvement (King’s Fund)

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Establishing quality improvement approaches which actually work has much to do with suitable leadership and organisational culture, according to a new King’s Fund report.

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Embedding a culture of quality improvement. [Online]: King’s Fund, November 9th 2017.

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Jabbal, J. (2017). Embedding a culture of quality improvement. London: King’s Fund, November 2017.

There is also an Executive Summary.

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UK’s First Dedicated A&E for Elderly Patients? (BBC News)

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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are to open the first specialist A&E department for patients over 80 years old. This hospital’s existing emergency department typically receives 350 people per day, of whom 50 may be aged over 80-years-old.

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Norfolk and Norwich Hospital creates A&E for elderly patients. London: BBC Health News / BBC Norfolk News, November 7th 2017.

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