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Nutritional advice in common clinical situations (revised August 2009)

Author:
BRITISH GERIATRICS SOCIETY
Publisher:
British Geriatrics Society
Publication year:
2009
Place of publication:
London

Under-nutrition in older people admitted to hospital is common, and the risk of being malnourished increases during hospitalisation. It is also poorly detected by nursing and medical staff. This good practice guide paper covers nutrition screening, the importance of creating the right environment to support eating and drinking, management of under-nutrition in hospital, ethical and legal considerations, nutrition and stroke, nutrition and dementia, and nutrition in the community and care homes. It includes reference to key resources and guidance about nutritional care in hospital, and makes recommendations covering the advice of dieticians and speech and language therapists, training to enable health professionals to assess and meet nutritional demands, management of dysphagia, policies for review of patients, and development of policies to support nutrition which include auditable standards.

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The assessment of pain in older people: national guidelines

Authors:
ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS, BRITISH GERIATRICS SOCIETY, BRITISH PAIN SOCIETY
Publisher:
Royal College of Physicians
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
13p.
Place of publication:
London

Pain is a subjective, personal experience, and its assessment is particularly challenging in the presence of severe cognitive impairment, communication difficulties or language and cultural barriers. As a result it is often under-recognised and under-treated in older people. These guidelines form part of a series intended to inform those aspects of physicians’ clinical practice which may be outside their own specialist area and are designed to help them make rapid, informed decisions. The advice is based on synthesis of the best available evidence and expert consensus gathered from practising clinicians and service users. The guidelines set out the key components of assessing pain in older people, together with a variety of practical scales that may be used with different groups, including those with cognitive or communication impairment. The purpose is to provide professionals with a set of practical skills to assess pain as the first step towards its effective management. The guidance is relevant to all healthcare and social care staff and can be applied in a wide variety of settings, including the older person’s own home, in care homes, and in hospital.

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Guidance on: the assessment of pain in older people

Authors:
BRITISH PAIN SOCIETY, BRITISH GERIATRICS SOCIETY
Publishers:
British Pain Society, British Geriatrics Society
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
36p.
Place of publication:
London

The British Pain Society has worked with the British Geriatrics Society and the Royal College of Physicians to produce new concise guidance on 'The assessment of pain in older people'. The guidelines have been developed to provide: recommendations in simple and clear terms for assessing pain in all older people; several types of scales that can be photocopied and used to assist in assessments, to monitor progress and evaluate the effect of treatment; and an algorithm for simple implementation of the guidance.

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The assessment of frail elderly people being considered for or in receipt of continuing care: a joint policy statement by the British Geriatrics Society, the Association of Directors of Social Services and the Royal College of Nursing

Authors:
BRITISH GERIATRICS SOCIETY, ASSOCIATION OF DIRECTORS OF SOCIAL SERVICES, ROYAL COLLEGE OF NURSING
Publisher:
British Geriatrics Society
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
2p.
Place of publication:
London
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The assessment of pain in older people

Authors:
ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS, BRITISH GERIATRICS SOCIETY, BRITISH PAIN SOCIETY
Publisher:
Royal College of Physicians
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
13p.
Place of publication:
London

Pain is under-recognised and under-treated in older people, and the assessment of pain is particularly challenging in the presence of severe cognitive impairments, communication difficulties or language and cultural barriers. This guidance sets out the key components of assessing pain in older people, together with a range of practical scales that can be used with different groups, including those with cognitive or communication impairment. It aims to provide professionals with a set of practical skills to assess pain as the first step towards its effective management. It describes the background and methodology used, key components of an assessment of pain, and types of scale used to assess pain. It also provides a summary of recommendations in the full guidelines covering: pain awareness, pain enquiry, pain description, pain location and intensity, communication, assessment in people with impaired cognition/communication, cause of pain, and re-evaluation. It notes that the basic guidelines should be a routine part of the training and care provision of all healthcare professionals. The appendices include the guideline development process, an algorithm for the assessment of pain in older people, a pain map, and examples of pain scales.

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Hospital discharge of older people with cognitive impairment to care homes

Author:
BRITISH GERIATRICS SOCIETY
Publisher:
British Geriatrics Society
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
2p.

The scope of this document is confined to the safe and appropriate discharge of older people with cognitive impairment from hospital to a care home. It is a given, within the context of this document, that discharge to any other care setting has been deemed inappropriate as the result of a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA). A separate British Geriatrics Society (BGS) compendium document deals with the wider context of hospital discharge of frail older people.

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The discharge of elderly persons from hospital for community care: a joint policy statement by the British Geriatrics Society, the Association of Directors of Social Services and the Royal College of Nursing

Authors:
BRITISH GERIATRICS SOCIETY, ASSOCIATION OF DIRECTORS OF SOCIAL SERVICES, ROYAL COLLEGE OF NURSING
Publisher:
British Geriatrics Society
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
6p.
Place of publication:
London
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High quality long-term care for elderly people: guidelines and audit measures

Authors:
ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS, BRITISH GERIATRICS SOCIETY
Publisher:
Royal College of Physicians
Publication year:
1992
Pagination:
48p.,tables,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
London

Report from a workshop. Considers some of the fundamental issues that determine the quality of long-term care and provides guidelines for good practice. Describes the Royal College of Physicians Care Package, a set of questions for care audits.

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A caring home: improving quality and standards of care in homes and hospitals for the elderly; a conference report

Author:
BRITISH GERIATRICS SOCIETY
Publisher:
British Geriatrics Society
Publication year:
1990
Pagination:
19p., tables, bibliogs.
Place of publication:
London

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Take six decisions for excellent healthcare and support for older people

Author:
BRITISH GERIATRICS SOCIETY
Publisher:
British Geriatrics Society
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
8
Place of publication:
London

Sets out six key decisions that the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) believe the incoming government should take in order to promote excellent healthcare and support for older people. This care should be person-centred, effective, efficient, safe, equitable and timely. The six key decisions are: to end the divide between health and social care; build capacity in intermediate care; invest adequately in healthcare and social support for older people; provide national strategic direction on older people living with frailty, dementia, complex needs and multiple long-term conditions; supporting staff to develop competencies in the management of older patients; and measuring the aspects of care that matter to older people and their families. (Edited publisher abstract)

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