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BACKGROUND the design and use of bed rails has been contentious since the 1950s with benefits including safety, mobility support and access to bed controls and disadvantages associated with entrapment and restraint. OBJECTIVE to explore which bed designs and patient characteristics (mobility, cognitive status and age) influence the likelihood of rails(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the feasibility of a pre-operative occupational therapy intervention for patients undergoing primary total hip replacement. DESIGN Single blinded feasibility randomised controlled trial, with data collection prior to the intervention, and at 4, 12, and 26 weeks following surgery. SETTING Recruitment from two NHS orthopaedic(More)
BACKGROUND a previous analysis of 12 months data from the National Reporting and Learning System offered useful insights on contributory factors for patient falls but was limited due to the small data set of free-text analysis (n = 400). A subsequent pilot study of 4,571 reports found an apparent difference in the contributory factors for patients described(More)
BACKGROUND Total hip arthroplasty (THA) is one of the most common orthopaedic operations performed worldwide. Painful osteoarthritis of the hip is the primary indication for THA. Following THA, people have conventionally been provided with equipment, such as raised toilet seats and chairs, and educated to avoid activities that could cause the hip joint to(More)
BACKGROUND Parkinson's disease is a common movement disorder affecting approximately 127,000 people in the UK, with an estimated two thirds having speech-related problems. Currently there is no preferred approach to speech and language therapy within the NHS and there is little evidence for the effectiveness of standard NHS therapy or Lee Silverman voice(More)
BACKGROUND undertaking comprehensive geriatric assessments (CGAs) combined with long-term health and social care management can improve the quality of life of older people [ 1]. The EASY-Care tool is a CGA instrument designed for assessing the physical, mental and social functioning and unmet health and social needs of older people in community settings or(More)
INTRODUCTION The commissioning of third sector services for older people may influence the quality, availability and coordination of services for older people. The SOPRANO study aims to understand the relationships between and processes of commissioning bodies and third sector organisations providing health and social care services for older people. (More)
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