What is mental capacity? What do we really mean when we ask if a patient has (or lacks) capacity? Capacity often depends on context. The ethical conundrum of mental capacity unravelled.
Dignity campaign 2010
Vulnerable older people deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, humanity and compassion. The BGS promoted standards covering five key areas of caregiving, accompanied by a downloadable poster and flyer.
Who cares wins
Improving the outcome for older people admitted to the general hospital: Guidelines for the development of liaison mental health services for older people.
Advance care planning
Advance care planning (including end of life discussions) is being promoted as part of the NHS end of life care strategy. Such discussions require great care. The BGS with others have prepared guidelines on advance care planning which we summarise here.
Concise Guidance for the Use of Anti-Depressant Medication in Adults Undergoing Recovery or Rehabilitation Following Acquired Brain Injury
Depression is commonly associated with acquired brain injury (ABI) and can interfere with rehabilitation, leading to poorer outcomes. Management of depression is multi-factorial, and mood may well improve either spontaneously or as a result of rehabilitation and regained independence.
Care of patients with fragility fracture (Blue Book)
Fracture services often fail to respond to the true complexity of their older patients’ needs. The Care of Patients with Fragility Fracture (the 'Blue Book', available as a download) sets out best practice in the care and prevention of fragility fractures.