Monthly Archives: March 2016

Further Room For Improvements in End of Life Care (BBC News / RCP)

Summary End of life care in the UK has previously been assessed to be possibly the best in the world, but a Royal College of Physicians audit report identifies local variations in the quality of hospital care for the dying. Full … Continue reading

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Barriers and Challenges in Discharge Planning (QNI / BBC News)

Summary The following report from the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) summarises known barriers and challenges which can prevent effective discharge from hospitals. Case studies illustrating best practice are supplied, along with recommendations. Full Text Link Reference Pellett, C. (2016). Discharge … Continue reading

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On the Identification of Sources of Discomfort For Persons With Dementia (Behavioural Neurology)

Summary The Sources of Discomfort Scale (SODS) may be used to assess discomfort based on the identifiable source(s) of discomfort. This scale is therefore distinct from, and complementary to, other pain assessment scales for persons with dementia. It promises to … Continue reading

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Midlife Approaches to Reducing Dementia Risk (PHE)

Summary Public Health England (PHE) has produced an online resource on the various approaches to reducing the prevalence and incidence of dementia. There are statistics indicating the scale of the challenge, and a summary of the risk factors that can … Continue reading

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Benefits of Screening for Older Adults’ Hearing Loss? (Ear Foundation / Action on Hearing Loss / BBC News)

Summary A report from hearing loss charities reminds readers that adult hearing loss is a public health issue. Older people who experience hearing loss are more likely to go on to suffer from dementia, falls, mental health problems, social isolation … Continue reading

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Limits on the Role of Community Pharmacists in Reducing Use of Antipsychotics for BPSD: Qualitative Research (BMJ Open)

Summary An investigation into the factors, constraints and potential barriers which might limit the ability of community pharmacists to contribute to the limitation of antipsychotics use in the treatment of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) identifies: Politics and … Continue reading

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Overstretched and Under-Resourced Elderly Hospital Eye Services? (BBC News / BBC News Magazine)

Summary It is likely that “hundreds” of NHS patients in England every year may suffer irreversible sight loss, or potentially avoidable deterioration of vision, due to hospital eye services being overstretched and under-resourced. Increased demand for follow-up appointments has arisen … Continue reading

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