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Clear communication needed for better dementia care

Published on 16/09/2009
Lack of communication between carers and patients with dementia can lead to excess physical strain on health workers, according to a recent report. from the University of Gothenburg.

A study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences found that anxiety and resistance caused by the condition can make transferring patients more difficult for professionals.

Researcher and physiotherapist Cristina Wangblad explained: "The symptoms of dementia are very individual and can vary from one day to the next, and sometimes even from one moment to the next.

"This makes person transfers in dementia care very demanding for the personnel."

The report suggested that dementia carers require specific training to increase awareness of the complex nature of moving patients and the individual communication needs associated with each case.

According to the Alzheimer's Research Trust, 700,000 people are currently living with dementia in the UK. This number is expected to double within a generation, experts forecast.
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