[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 6, January 2012].
The authors of this article are strongly in favour of nurses adopting a person-centred and individualised approach to care in order to address and reverse the failings which inspection programmes have identified concerning dementia care in acute hospitals.
This broad-ranging article identifies the knowledge and key information resources to help nurses provide compassionate and person-centred care. The article adopts a Scottish-based perspective, but the essential message and the resources identified are of generalised relevance across the UK and probably internationally.
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Alzheimer Scotland (2011). Statistics: number of people with dementia in Scotland 2011. Edinburgh: Alzheimer Scotland, 2011.
Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (2011). Dementia: decisions for dignity. our visits to people with dementia in general hospitals – September to December 2010. Edinburgh: Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (MWCS), 2011.
NHS Education for Scotland (2011). Acute care dementia – learning resource. Edinburgh: NHS Education for Scotland, 2011.
Scottish Government (2010). Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy. Edinburgh: Scottish Government, 2010.