Monthly Archives: October 2012

Diagnosis and Lewy Body Dementia: Making Most of Taxpayer’s Millions (Guest Post: Cecilia Yardley, Lewy Body Society)

Extracted Summary The Lewy Body Society, the only European charity focused exclusively on Lewy body dementias, the second most common type of dementia, warmly welcomes the Health Minister Jeremy Hunt’s pledge to invest £50M on dementia care environments and urges readers … Continue reading

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Care Integration Awards: Recognising and Rewarding Excellence in Collaborative Healthcare Practice (HSJ / Nursing Times)

Summary The Care Integration Awards celebrate and recognise health services which provide high quality, effective and “joined-up” care solutions for patients and service users. The awards acknowledge organisations and individuals “at the forefront” in offering integrated care geared to ensuring … Continue reading

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Developing a Payment Mechanism for Mental Health (HFMA)

Summary The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) mental health faculty has published a discussion paper on the development of mental health payment by results. The aim is to develop a reimbursement system, based upon need, which delivers and incentivises quality … Continue reading

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Polypharmacy in the Elderly: Use of the STOPP and START Criteria

Summary Many drugs which can be prescribed safely and effectively for younger patients are potentially inappropriate for the elderly.  A screening tool has been developed in Ireland. Reference Vermeulen Windsant-van den Tweel, AM. Verduijn, MM. [and] Derijks, HJ. [et al] … Continue reading

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Impact of Medication Use and Dementia on Fall Risk in Home Health Care (Home Health Care Management and Practice)

Summary The authors of this article investigated the relationships between medication, dementia and falls in community-dwelling elders receiving home health care services. This population had high rates of psychotropic drug use (61%), dementia (38%) and falls (37%). No significant relationships … Continue reading

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Recent Systematic Reviews on Stroke

[A version of this collection appears in: Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 3, October 2012]. Introduction Each month a large number of journal articles, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses, are examined. Here is … Continue reading

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Advance Care Planning Toolkit (NEoLCP)

Summary The ADSE toolkit has been designed to assist care providers help empower people to discuss, and make plans for, the care which they prefer to receive at the end of their lives, including decisions about where they wish to … Continue reading

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Citizen-Led Change in Public Services (Groundswell Partnership)

Summary This document describes the process of working together for change. It places an emphasis on coming-up with solutions, robust action plans and the identification and measurement of outcomes. A “step by step” method has been designed for use by … Continue reading

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Recent Systematic Reviews on Parkinson’s Disease

[A version of this collection appears in: Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 3, October 2012]. Introduction Every month a large number of journal articles, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses, are examined. Here is … Continue reading

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Exercise in Old Age Helps Prevent Brain Shrinkage (BBC Health News / Neurology)

[A version of this item features in Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust), Volume 3 Issue 4, November 2012]. Summary Research published in the journal “Neurology” indicates that people aged over 70 who are more physically active tend … Continue reading

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