Monthly Archives: January 2013

Dementia Top Tips Presentation Online (NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement / Dementia Action Alliance)

Summary The Dementia Action Alliance, in partnership with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, have launched a Call to Action for the improvement of care for people with dementia in Acute Hospitals. The organisers are running a webinar series, entitled “Improving the … Continue reading

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Recent Systematic Reviews on Pain Management (October – December 2012)

Recent systematic reviews and meta-analyses on pain management are listed below. O’Neil, CK. Hanlon, JT. Marcum, ZA. Adverse effects of analgesics commonly used by older adults with osteoarthritis: focus on non-opioid and opioid analgesics. American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy. December … Continue reading

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Opening Doors: Nursing Care for Homeless People (QNI / NHS England)

Summary The homeless represent a widely marginalised group who suffer significant and multiple health inequalities. This report from the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) is about the Opening Doors project, which supports the development of nursing care for homeless people. Full … Continue reading

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Clinical Prediction Rule for Delirium in Patients Admitted to Medical Wards (BMJ Open)

Summary This article addresses the development and validation of a clinical prediction rule, using variables measurable upon hospital admission, to identify patients likely to develop delirium in hospital. The main variables analysed and included in the prediction rule are (1) … Continue reading

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Future Trends: a Predictive Timeline of UK Health and Social Care (King’s Fund)

Summary The King’s Fund has published a “Future of health and social care timeline”. This interactive timeline indicates some of the key trends at work and a few predicted future milestones which are deemed likely to influence how health and … Continue reading

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Antipsychotic Prescribing for Dementia Patients Declines in UK (BMJ Open)

Summary A cohort study into the pattern and trends in the use of antipsychotics and antidepressants etc. in Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias has discovered that antipsychotic prescribing by GPs did fall markedly from 20% in 1995 to around 7% … Continue reading

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Personal Health Budgets (RCGP / Department of Health)

Summary Patients receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare in England are eligible for a personal health budget (PHB). All patients with continuing health needs will have the right to ask for a personal health budget by April 2014. Clinical Commissioning Groups will … Continue reading

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Dementia Pledge: Chief Fire Officers Association

Summary By signing up to the Fire and Rescue Services’ Pledge on Dementia the signatories commit to: Raising awareness of dementia amongst staff. Helping families and carers to become aware of the fire risks associated with the care and protection of people with … Continue reading

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Canadian Guidelines on Parkinson’s Disease 2012 (Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation / Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences)

Summary This Canadian guideline presents a broad and up-to-date synthesis of the latest evidence and best guidelines available internationally. The sources for the original recommendations (NICE: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, AAN: American Academy of Neurology, or EFNS: European Federation of Neurological … Continue reading

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