Poor care in hospital is delaying discharge of patients with dementia, charity says

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 18 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4907
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    People with dementia are staying far longer in hospital than people being treated for the same illnesses or injuries who don’t have dementia, says a new report.

    The Alzheimer’s Society, which published the report, also found that nearly half (47%) of carers said that being in hospital had a negative effect on the physical health of the person with dementia. More than half (54%) said that being in hospital had also made the person’s dementia worse. A third of those who are admitted to hospital are unable to return home afterwards and enter a care home instead.

    The charity blames the longer stays on a lack of person centred care in hospitals, poor communication with patients, and …

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