Monthly Archives: November 2012

Frequently Asked Questions on Commissioning Specialised Services (NHS Commissioning Board)

Summary The NHS Commissioning Board has published frequently asked questions on the Operating model for commissioning specialised services 2013/14. The aim is to improve outcomes for patients whilst reducing inconsistency and duplication in the system. Full Text Link Reference NHS … Continue reading

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Psoriasis Drug May Halt Alzheimer’s Disease?: “Behind the Headlines” Appraisal (NHS Choices / Nature Medicine)

Summary The NHS Choices “Behind the Headlines” service produces regular critical appraisals of recent research about elderly care and dementia-related topics which have appeared in the news. Here is one more of these master-class evaluations. Animal Research on Psoriasis Drug … Continue reading

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The NHS Outcomes Framework 2013-14 (Department of Health) and Cognitive Map (NHS Confederation)

Summary The Department of Health’s updated NHS Outcomes Framework 2013 to 2014 defines the outcomes expected, and the corresponding indicators which will be used to hold the NHS Commissioning Board to account, for improvements in health as part of the … Continue reading

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Preventable Deaths Due to Problems in Care in English Acute Hospitals (BMJ Quality and Safety)

Summary This retrospective case record review found that incidence of preventable hospital deaths, while lower than previous estimates, is still substantial. This study reviewed estimated life expectancy upon hospital admission, identified problems in care contributing to death and assessed whether … Continue reading

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Improving Dementia Identification and Timely Diagnosis: Skills and Competencies for Primary Care Liaison (University of Worcester / Victoria University)

Summary This article examines possible ways to improve the effectiveness of identification of people with undiagnosed dementia in primary care. The role of Primary Care Liaison is a possible solution. An in-depth consultation, and search of the literature and policy … Continue reading

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Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework 2013/14 (Department of Health)

Summary The Department of Health’s revised Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework for 2013/14 supersedes the 2012/13 framework. The updated framework includes new measures and has been re-aligned with the NHS Outcomes Framework 2013 – 2014 and the Public Health Outcomes Framework 2013 – … Continue reading

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Outline of the ALCOVE Project (ALCOVE Official Website / University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies)

Summary ALCOVE is an acronym for ¨ALzheimer’s COoperative Valuation in Europe¨. This is a 2 year Joint Action (JA) project, co-financed by the European Commission. The ALCOVE project aims to improve knowledge about dementia and promote the exchange of information with a view to preserving the health, quality … Continue reading

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Chief Medical Officer’s First Annual Report (Department of Health)

Summary The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies’s first annual epidemiology and surveillance report offers a comprehensive review of England’s public health. A major feature of this report (volume one) is the use of cartograms to emphasise geographical differences. … Continue reading

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Treatment of Depression in Older People (Cochrane Database)

Summary The authors of this systematic review attempted to assess the efficacy of antidepressants and psychological therapies in preventing the relapse and recurrence of depression in older people. No clear conclusions were drawn and no firm treatment recommendations could be … Continue reading

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Vitamin E for Alzheimer’s Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment (Cochrane Database)

Summary This systematic review assessed the efficacy of Vitamin E in the treatment of Alzheimer’s dementia (AD) and for the prevention of progression of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to dementia. The authors found no evidence for Vitamin E being of … Continue reading

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