Specialist geriatric medicine ward for older patients with dementia

The objective of this study is to clarify if admission to a specialist geriatric medicine ward leads to improvements in aspects of acute medical care for patients with dementia.

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We analysed combined data involving 900 patients from the Irish and Northern Irish audits of dementia care. Data on baseline demographics, admission outcomes, clinical aspects of care, multidisciplinary assessment and discharge planning processes were collected.

Relatively low numbers of patients with dementia received care on a specialist geriatric medicine ward. There appears to be a more streamlined discharge planning process in place on these wards, but they did not perform as well as one would expect in certain areas, such as compliance with multidisciplinary assessment and antipsychotic prescribing

Full reference: Briggs, R. et al. (2017) Does admission to a specialist geriatric medicine ward lead to improvements in aspects of acute medical care for older patients with dementia? International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 32(6) pp. 624–632

 

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