A very forthright perspective from George Rook which deserves to be shared widely.
Does dementia matter?
I am increasingly annoyed about why the majority of clinical staff do not see that caring for dementia is part of the job.
It’s as if… no, it really is that they are trained and developed during their working lives to do the traditional physical clinical work. To deal with the diseases and trauma they see every day.
So, pneumonia, cancer, prostatitis, back pain, arthritis, and everything else…these are what nurses, therapists and doctors do. They diagnose, treat, discharge.
And they’re really good at this. They’re professionals.
And they know and recognise that many patients have more than one condition. Multiple co-morbidities.
So for example, they’ll check blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and make sure the interdependencies and drug effects don’t conflict.
They’ll check that my eGFR is high enough to allow me to have an angina drug which might damage my kidney.
But it seems that…
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