Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Future of Dementia Care: Professor Alistair Burns’ Presentation, Part 1 (NHS Local)

Summary This NHS Local web page provides access to the first part of National Clinical Dementia Director, Professor Alistair Burns’ presentation on the future of dementia. This lecture was given to an audience at Worcester University in 2010. The presentation is titled: … Continue reading

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The Best of the Rest: Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (May 2011)

Summary Each month a wide range of systematic reviews and meta-analyses are examined in the process of compiling the “Dementia: the Latest Evidence” newsletter. It is impractical to include all of these in any given month’s newsletter. Here is a … Continue reading

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Care Quality Commission Raises Elderly Care Concerns (BBC News)

Summary Serious concerns have again come to light by about how well some hospitals in England look after elderly patients. The Care Quality Commission (the NHS care regulator) found that three hospitals – Alexandra Hospital (Redditch), the Royal Free (London) and Ipswich – had … Continue reading

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Ginkgo Biloba Extract for Alleviation of the Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia

Abstract This randomized, controlled, double-blind, multicenter clinical trial studied 410 outpatients with mild to moderate dementia to determine the effects of Ginkgo biloba extract EGb 761(®) on the neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia. Randomly allocated patients were given 240 mg of EGb 761(®) … Continue reading

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Acute Services for Patients with Co-Morbidity of Dementia (Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary)

Summary This report from the District General Hospital for Dumfries and Galloway addresses how best to care for patients admitted to hospital with an acute physical illness who also suffer from a dementia. This document highlights some of the current … Continue reading

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Experiences of the Transition from Cognitive Impairment to Dementia (NIHRSDO Report / Lancet Neurology)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 11, June 2011]. Abstract This qualitative exploratory study investigated the experience receiving a diagnosis of dementia and how this affects people; the help and … Continue reading

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Individual and Family Experiences of the Transition to Dementia

Abstract This review investigates patient and carer experiences of the transition to dementia. The majority of people with dementia do wish to know about their diagnosis. Challenges for the person with dementia involve coming to terms with loss on multiple levels. … Continue reading

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Out of Hospital Dementia Care: Reducing Hospital Admissions and the Cost of Care (Healthcare at Home Report)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 11, June 2011]. Abstract Current service provision for dementia sometimes fails to support patients and carers in many aspects of day-to-day life, resulting in … Continue reading

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Ethics and Decision-Making about Treatment at the End of Life

Abstract This study protocol addresses treatment decision-making concerning acute life threatening complications occurring in Alzheimer’s Disease patients at the end of life. Decisions about the best treatment pathway and whether to treat or not to treat are largely ethical questions … Continue reading

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Re-Evaluating the Role of Health Care Assistants in Dementia Care (NHS Confedration Webinar)

Summary Delegates at this Webinar (held on May 13th 2011) heard Professor Justine Schneider, from the University of Nottingham, explain the findings of her most recent study on the role and experience of Health Care Assistants (HCAs) in dementia wards. A key component of the … Continue reading

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