Monthly Archives: April 2013

Shingles Vaccination Programme for the Elderly (BBC News / Department of Health / Public Health England)

Summary Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox, namely herpes varicella zoster. In some elderly persons it can result in long-term and debilitating post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). “People in their 70s across the UK will be offered a vaccine … Continue reading

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Hospital Accident and Emergency Departments: Planning and Design (Department of Health)

Summary This Department of Health report offers guidance on the new build, or redesign, of A&E departments. This comprehensive document reminds clinicians and planners that consideration for patients with dementia and their carers can contribute to their feelings of safety … Continue reading

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Ofsted-Style Ratings of Providers for Quality (Nuffield Trust)

Summary The introduction of Ofsted-style ratings for hospitals and care homes was included in the Government response to the Francis Inquiry report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. This Nuffield Trust report concludes that there is a gap … Continue reading

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Government Launches Care Comparison Website (Department of Health / NHS Choices)

Summary Information is available to help people search, choose, compare and comment on residential care homes and home care services. This free service is available via NHS Choices. The intention is to make it possible for citizens to arrive at … Continue reading

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Swedish Study Suggests the Prevalence of Dementia May Be Decreasing (Neurology)

Summary A study – based on two cross-sectional surveys of people aged 75 years or over in Stockholm – explored whether the prevalence, survival, and incidence of dementia changed from 1987-1994 to 2001-2008 (in Stockholm, Sweden). The age- and sex-standardized … Continue reading

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Systematic Review of Treatments to Prevent Cognitive Decline (CMAJ: Journal of the Canadian Medical Association)

Summary This systematic review examined the best 32 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) investigating treatments for cognitive decline, including drug treatments, hormone therapies, nutritional supplements, physical activity and cognitive exercises. The authors looked comprehensively at pharmacological treatments and non-pharmacological treatments in healthy … Continue reading

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Using NICE Guidance and Quality Standards to Improve Practice (NICE)

Summary The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced this guide on the effective use of NICE guidance into day-to-day practice. It helps in assessing how well each organisation is implementing NICE’s recommendations, and how to move forwards. … Continue reading

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