January issue of Age and Ageing journal out now

The January 2015 issue of Age and Ageing, the journal of the British Geriatrics Society is out now.

A full table of contents is available here, with editorials, research papers, reviews, short reports, case reports book reviews and more. Hot topics this issue include:

  • Deprivation of liberty safeguards
  • Biomarkers for dementia
  • Clinical features of delirium
  • Physical therapy for knee osteoarthritis
  • Integrated care for older people

The Editor’s View can be read here.

This issue’s free access papers are:

Passport to improve patient experience

Kandarp Thakkar is a member of the ImPE Supergroup at the CLAHRC for NWL and the Deputy Chief Pharmacist for Clinical Services at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust. He tweets  @KandarpThakkar and is on Linkedinpassport1

My Medication Passport is a small, easy-to-read document for patients to show clinicians and carry a record of the medications they are taking. It is designed to help patients get more involved in their care. An initial report on this was featured by the HSJ in August 2012.

The passport was initially developed as part of a joint NIHR CLAHRC NWL (hosted by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital) and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust initiative to improve prescribing for the elderly. It is now being delivered in collaboration with AstraZeneca through a joint working agreement. Continue reading