How to be goodBMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7310.0 (Published 25 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:0
A mark of a civilised society is how well it looks after the old, the sick, the vulnerable. On the evidence of this week's BMJ several countries aren't doing so well.
On p 426 Clive Ballard and a clutch of senior British geriatricians show how poor the quality of care is for patients with dementia living in private nursing homes and NHS long stay wards. They used a standardised method of observation to map patients' activity and concluded that all seven of the NHS facilities they studied and five of the 10 …
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