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Are “frailty units” and “dementia wards” the anathema of pure person-centred care?
Person-centred care, for those who are enthusiastic about it like me, can at times feel like a religion. To be a pure follower of this approach, it means respecting the holistic aspects of a person, including perhaps interests and beliefs.
Osteoarthritis- Are we managing this chronic disease as proactively as we should?
How often is osteoarthritis named as a chronic disease on a GP summary or in a problem list forming part of a comprehensive geriatric assessment? Not infrequently perhaps but it certainly doesn’t feature as often as it should.
Malnutrition: A significant threat to our health as we age
Malnutrition is largely preventable and treatable and yet is a growing problem for our ageing population, often overshadowed by the health concerns of obesity.
Together to Tackle Frailty
Advantage is the first European joint action to prevent and manage frailty. Twenty-two countries across Europe are collaborating to raise awareness of Frailty as a public health priority and to agree on an evidence-based Frailty Prevention Approach.
Are falls a problem?
Are falls a problem? I know what you're thinking... "Don't be daft, of course falls are a problem!" I'm certainly not denying the importance and impact of falls. I know that falls and fall-related injuries account for more bed days than myocardial infarction and stroke combined.
Can the recuperation time following acute illness be shortened?
It takes time to recuperate when getting over an acute illness but can ‘preventing deconditioning’ help? In a clinical context, we can define deconditioning syndrome as ‘A complex process of physiological change induced by inactivity that can affect multiple body systems and may result in decline in physical, psychological and functional abilities’.
How well do we manage patients with diverse religious and cultural needs at the end of life?
How do we recognise and act upon the duality of being a family caregiver and clinician?
In 2018, as part of a Florence Nightingale Foundation travel scholarship, I spent over a month visiting the islands of Ireland and New Zealand. I went to find out more about advance care planning, hospice research activity, knowledge mobilisation and models of care for people living with dementia.
Doctoring, fast and slow
In my experience I have found three types of doctors; Those who work very fast, very slow or somewhere in the middle. This is obvious and logical as human behaviour is divided on the basis of a normal distribution, with most being average.
New horizons in radiotherapy
“Radiotherapy can cure cancer?” was the surprised exclamation in response to our joint presentation at a study day for trainees in geriatric medicine.
There is a story told of a man walking along a beach. A big storm the night before had thrown up thousands upon thousands of starfish. A small boy was bending down and repeatedly picking up a stranded starfish and throwing them back into the surf.
What do patients want? Priorities for change in the NHS
“Well, they’re obviously over-stretched and under-staffed, aren’t they? It’s not personal care any more is it, you’re more like a number, they get you in and get you out.”
Keeping planes in the air - learning the art of interdisciplinary working
I stared through the window at the propellor whirring not much more than 8 feet from my head and wondered what makes the difference between safety and disaster on an aeroplane. Evidence from the airline industry would suggest that the biggest single factor is the human factor - the so called nontechnical skills.
NHS RightCare - Frailty toolkit, do we need one?
A toolkit has been developed by NHS RightCare in collaboration with NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Older People, Age UK, Getting It Right First Time and The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).