An Age UK report, based on research from the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics (LSE), indicates that one fifth of older people in hospital in England are not treated routinely with respect and dignity.
The wide-ranging “Adult Inpatient Survey 2012” survey of NHS patients’ experiences of dignity and nutrition during hospital care also showed that compliance with nutrition and hydration guidelines was not adhered to universally.
Note: NHS England has pointed-out that the underlying data is now a few years out-of-date and may not reflect recent changes to improve nurse and health care assistant staffing levels, the 6Cs, FFT etc.
Analysis of data, taken from the 2012 poll, indicates that patients aged over 80 (and women) were more likely to experience poor care. Over a third of patients needing help at mealtimes did not receive suitable assistance.
NHS England believes that recent increases in the number of nurses on hospital wards, achieved since the data was collected, should have resulted in improvements as yet undetected by research. Age UK speaks of there having been precious little change over time in the care experienced by older patients, as of 2012 at least.
NHS hospital patients complain of ‘lack of dignity’. London: BBC Health News, July 15th 2015.
Poor standards of nutrition and dignity in hospitals. London: Age UK, July 15th 2015.
This relates to:
Vizard, P. [and] Burchardt, T. (2015). Older people’s experiences of dignity and nutrition during hospital stays: secondary data analysis using the Adult Inpatient Survey. CASE Report 91. London: Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics, June 2015.