Articles: Volume 21.03 July-September 2017

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Mobile app: living and dying well with dementia
Digital technology is gaining wider use in healthcare. Here the authors consider whether a mobile application they have developed could help promote understanding of dementia, its impact on those affected and to focus formal and family carers …

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Prescribing quality improvement: reducing high-dose antipsychotic use

Evidence of efficacy for high-dose antipsychotic therapy (HDAT) and antipsychotic combinations (AC) is lacking, while evidence of harm is compelling. Significantly higher proportions of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) patients were being prescribed HDAT and AC compared with the national averages. Here, the authors describe a quality improvement program to rationalise and reduce HDAT and AC prescribing in NSFT, to bring it in line with, or below, the national average.

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Improving the referral process from primary care to an AMHT

There is established evidence that discrepancy rates in referral thresholds from GPs to secondary care services as high as 10-fold exist between individual GPs. Andrew Molodynski et al looked systematically at the amount and quality of referrals to the secondary care team in order to identify any issues and develop support for referrers to make the process as smooth as possible

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Delayed-onset post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in dementia

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is commonly associated with working-age adults and remains largely unrecognised in the elderly. In this review, Clara Martinez-Clavera et al consider three examples of delayed-onset PTSD and its frequent association, or misdiagnosis, as one of the numerous manifestations of the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. Finally, recommendations for pharmacological and psychological interventions are suggested.

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