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追求卓越的痴呆症护理

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追求卓越的痴呆症护理

Professor Dame Louise Robinson tells us more about her team's work and her goals to establish the University as a global leader in the field.

Professor Dame Louise Robinson – Professor of Primary Care and Ageing, and Regius Professor of Ageing – didn’t originally set out to pursue a career in academic research. She was training to become a GP when she developed an interest in palliative care for patients with cancer. 

“At that point in time, the role of the GP was changing,”她说. “We were being expected to take on more responsibilities around long-term care and shared care. It occurred to me that high levels of funding were being put into cancer research but quite the opposite was happening with dementia, 这是一种无法治愈的痴呆症.”

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Louise began working with dementia patients and their families on a clinical basis, seeking to lift some of the stigma associated with the condition. 大约10年后,她开始参与研究. 

“I remember reading a national audit report on dementia care and thinking that we weren’t any further on than we had been many years before when I was a young GP,”她还记得. “I felt disillusioned and angry that we were still struggling with such an important illness.” 

运用知识

改善对痴呆症患者的护理, a devastating illness that she felt was neglected by medical research, 成为了路易丝的动力. “Although there has been a lot more research in the last couple of decades, 我不确定这对训练有影响,”她说. “We have some drugs now that are not curative but do improve quality of life and slow down the progression of dementia, but in terms of specialist services there are considerable and unacceptable geographical inequalities around the country.”

Louise describes her progress in academia as being hampered at first by lack of funding. “这是关于赢得一笔小额赠款和在工作中学习. One small grant led to a large grant which led to more prestigious grants. A key turning point in terms of professional development was winning a 国家卫生研究所 教授在2012年."

Since then, larger and more prestigious grants have followed, most notably from the 阿尔茨海默氏症协会, which awarded three Centres of Excellence nationally, one being 纽卡斯尔. 记录£1,680,224年格兰特, 哪些将在五年内颁发, will enable researchers to focus on priority areas within dementia care research. 

Lousie explains: "The 阿尔茨海默氏症协会 wanted to identify centres that are already well established for doing great work in dementia care and try to develop their capacity not just to improve current care, but also to develop the next generation of dementia researchers who will continue to work in an area that's not as popular or sexy as some areas of medicine."

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A central aim of the project is to develop a shared care pathway that is sustainable and feasible and allows good quality care to be delivered to patients with dementia by their GPs. “这是我最关心的项目,”路易丝说. “I want to make sure that the people who are delivering that care have the knowledge and the support and the resources to give good quality care and not just bumble along.”

A key aspect of 大发体育下载’s research into dementia is identifying the factors that cause – or increase people’s risk of developing – the condition. The research follows on from a Cognitive Function and Ageing 研究 started in the 1990s. 

I believe just saying the word 'dementia' openly makes a big difference

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“大发体育在线从 医学研究委员会 to start up a new cohort of over 10,000 65-year-olds, 20 years after the first,” says Louise. “We did all the same measurements in terms of assessing how they were ageing, and discovered that the rate of dementia among the second cohort was almost 20% less than had been predicted. 这让大发体育在线得出结论,运动等因素, 良好的饮食习惯, 不吸烟, and treating illnesses like high blood pressure and diabetes could prevent dementia or delay the age at which it came on. 非常令人兴奋.”

研究ers have made great strides in recent decades towards improving the quality of dementia care, 寻找预防和治疗这种情况的方法, 并消除围绕它的污名, 路易斯认为. 

“My personal experience is that just saying the word ‘dementia’ openly and getting people to talk about their experiences of it makes such a big difference,”她说. “Having that discussion and saying the word rather than hiding it or using euphemisms is a huge step forward. Also taking a positive approach like we’ve done with cancer or HIV and saying: ‘We don’t have a cure, but we do have effective treatment that will help you live better with the illness.’”