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Evidence based resources

In our March Sharing Best Practice session we were joined by Dr Lucy Pollock, a geriatrician who works at Taunton's Musgrove Hospital. Her publication 'The Book about Getting Older' is a wonderful journey through her own experiences as a doctor, whilst addressing some of the key issues. From TEPs to treatment, polypharmacy to person centred care; she navigates through some of the questions that relatives and residents often find hard to ask. Her book  references a number of resources and translates these into easy to digest pieces. However if you are interested in finding the resources she does talk about, we have linked many of them below.

Anticholinergic drugs and risk of dementia: case-control study

A paper to estimate the association between the duration and level of exposure to different classes of anticholinergic drugs and subsequent incident dementia.

Imminence of death among hospital inpatients: Prevalent cohort study

This paper aims to establish the likelihood of death within 12 months of a cohort of hospital inpatients on a given census date.


Exercise to prevent falls in older adults: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis

Previous studies have found that exercise prevents falls in older people. This study aimed to test whether this effect is still present when new trials are added


Preventative health care in elderly people needs rethinking

Dee Mangin, Kieran Sweeney, and Iona Heath argue that, rather than prolonging life, preventive treatments in elderly people simply change the cause of death.

Prognosis of patients with dementia

Aims to report mortality risks of dementia based on national hospital registry data, and to put these risks into perspective by comparing them with those in the general population and following cardiovascular diseases.


Polypharmacy: Manage Medicines

The Scottish Government Effective Prescribing and Therapeutics team provide this Managing Multiple Medicines (formerly Polypharmacy) app and website. The aim is to provide information and tools to support healthcare professionals, patients and carers in making decisions about taking multiple medicines


Reducing harmful polypharmacy to improve patient outcomes

Dr. Dee Mangin on TAPER (Team Approach to Polypharmacy Evaluation and Reduction) and Polypharmacy


Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)

Canadian educational resource about Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD), designed for media but also useful for those caring for people with BPSD


Resuscitation Council UK - ReSPECT

Information on the ReSPECT process which creates personalised recommendations for a person’s clinical care and treatment in a future emergency in which they are unable to make or express choices.


Driving Mobility

Access information, assessment and advice about mobility, including retiring from driving


Guidance for treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision making

This guidance provides you with a framework to support you in meeting the needs of your patient as they come towards the end of their life.

Decision-making and consent

This guidance explains that the exchange of information between doctor and patient is essential to good decision making and will support you in your conversations with your patients; and help you to be confident you’re sharing the information they need to make decisions that are right for them. By following it, it will help you make sure that you have informed consent from your patient.


Compassion in dying

Making decisions and planning your care



BBC Ideas - 'Dying is not as bad as you think'

Palliative care doctor and author Kathryn Mannix argues that it's time to break the taboo that exists around death.

Unconventional health and care: five organisations delivering care differently

This long read discusses five unconventional health and care organisations. These are organisations have considered deeply the needs of people in their care and found substantively different ways of supporting them.



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