State of Dementia Care is Pathetic in UK

by Kathy Jones on  December 16, 2010 at 9:52 PM Senior Health News   - G J E 4
A new report in Britain has presented a depressing status of dementia care in the country with less than half of patients suffering from dementia getting proper hospital care for their condition.
 State of Dementia Care is Pathetic in UK
State of Dementia Care is Pathetic in UK

The National Clinical Audit Report also revealed that just over five percent of the hospitals in England and Wales insisted that the staff take training regarding the care that should be imparted to patients suffering from dementia.

The report, conducted by Royal College of Psychiatrists, analyzed more than 8,000 case notes across 200 hospitals in England and Wales and found that while roughly 25 percent of the hospitals had at least one dementia patient in their wards, majority of the hospitals had no system to let staff know which patient suffered from the condition.

Less than half of the patients underwent a formal mental test, a practice crucial in dementia care, while just over 30 percent of the patients had a nutritional assessment during admission.

Says Professor Peter Crome, who presided the report, "There is still a reluctance by clinicians and managers to accept that the care of this most vulnerable group of patients is a core function of acute hospitals. This must change."

Source: Medindia

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