Monthly Archives: October 2017

European Study of Unpaid Dementia Carer Burden (JAMDA)

Summary The following article covers a study of people with dementia and their informal carers supported by community services (whether living at home or receiving day care or respite care) across eight European countries. The investigation explored any association(s) between … Continue reading

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New Cancer Drugs Often Bestow Little Benefit Regarding Survival or Wellbeing? (NHS Choices / BMJ)

Summary A quotation from the authors’ abstract may say it all: “This systematic evaluation of oncology approvals by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2009-13 shows that most drugs entered the market without evidence of benefit on survival or quality … Continue reading

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Helping People With Dementia to Stay at Home (Housing LIN / DHWG / Halsall Lloyd Partnership)

Summary Earlier research indicated 85% of people would wish to remain at home for as long as possible when given a diagnosis of dementia. A report published last month covers how housing providers (social housing providers in particular) might support … Continue reading

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The Latest CQC State of Care Report (BBC News / CQC / File on Four)

Summary The Care Quality Commission (CQC) annual State of Care report assesses the overall status of health and social care in England. The head of the CQC has alleged that parts of the NHS and social care may soon be … Continue reading

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Raising Awareness of Mental Health in Older People (Age UK / NHS England / MHF / JGCR)

Summary Age UK has reported the results of a YouGov survey which indicates that half of older adults (those aged 55 and older) have experienced mental health problems. Of this population group, 7.7 million people are estimated to have experienced … Continue reading

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Potentially Inappropriate Prescribing for Older Persons: Revisited (APPG on Dementia / Newsmax / European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology)

Summary The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG), back in 2008, asserted that perhaps half of dementia patients may be receiving inappropriate medications. While the extent to which this position may have changed in recent years is debatable, the allegation … Continue reading

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Scoping the Potential Role(s) of Community Pharmacists in Medication Management for Community-Dwelling People With Dementia (Health Expectations)

Summary A new article has appeared on the roles for community pharmacists in assisting people with dementia dwelling in the community, their informal carers – and health and social care professionals more widely – in achieving safer and more effective … Continue reading

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More Questions About NHS Sustainability and Service Quality: A Further Round in the Debate (BBC News / King’s Fund / BMA / RCEM / NHS Digital / Department of Health / NHS England / NHS Confederation)

Summary Professor Ted Baker, the new Chief Inspector of Hospitals for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has voiced concerns about unsuitable antiquated models of care in the NHS (due to a historic 15-20 year mis-direction of funding), growing pressures for … Continue reading

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Under-Claimed SMI Council Tax Discount? (BBC News / MoneySavingExpert)

Summary People diagnosed as severely mentally impaired (SMI) should by rights be exempt from paying council tax, with the result that two-person households often qualify for a 25% discount on council tax. Persons with a severe mental impairment living alone … Continue reading

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