What has been the impact of UK government dementia policy on the health and wellbeing of people with dementia?
Egbekayi, Favour Anthonia
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background and Objectives There are approximately 800, 000 individuals in the UK that have been diagnosed with dementia, which costs the government £17 billion annually. With expectations that those numbers will more than double by 2040, government dementia policies are seeking to intervene. This dissertation seeks to examine the direct and indirect impacts of UK governments’ dementia policies on the health and wellbeing of those living with dementia. Methods This dissertation applies a critical research review to accomplish its objectives. Based in library resources, a secondary study will identify the most relevant evidence-based research to highlight how UK dementia policies impact upon the health. Findings The literature reviewed brought to light a number of key themes. This dissertation expands upon the following themes: 1) the personalisation of care delivery; 2) shift to informal care in the community; 3) focus on early diagnosis and medicalisation; 4) impact of hospital practitioners’ awareness and understanding; 5) assessment processes and care delivery; 6) impact on carers; and 7) care contexts and practitioner knowledge. Discussion The literature lends support to a number of recommendations for dementia care and policy. The focus on early diagnosis offers a chance for early meaningful intervention. Training and development for staff can bolster early diagnoses, and also offer a better quality of care for those already diagnosed. Documentation, like a health care passport, can facilitate that targeted care. Finally, consideration for those living with dementia should not be limited to the patients. Rather, it requires consideration of the training and emotional needs for carers.
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
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