Can museums help prevent dementia?

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Dafni Katsampa and Derek Tracy get all cultured and summarise a retrospective cohort study of museum attendance and dementia incidence, which suggests that cultural engagement may help protect us from cognitive decline.

The research is led by Daisy Fancourt who heads up the new MARCH Network which is launching later this month.

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Mental health diagnosis: views and experiences of service users and clinicians

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Vanessa Pinfold and Jennie Parker from the McPin Foundation explore a recent systematic review of service user, clinician, and carer perspectives on mental health diagnosis.

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Should mental health service user-led organisations adapt to management culture to bring about meaningful change?

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Lucy Simons considers the findings of an ethnographic study led by Diana Rose that observed in-depth how service user-led organisations work to change mental health services.

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Recognise the barriers to your improvement

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It’s often quoted that 70% of change programmes fail in the NHS but it’s less clear why and what the solutions may be.

In this blog, Alison Turner considers an evidence scan by Health Foundation, which offers some insight on the key barriers, which hamper improvement in projects and programmes.

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Five key elements of culture identified in underperforming teams supporting people with learning disabilities

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Talk to any manager who leads a team supporting people with learning disabilities and ask about what are the key features impacting on performance and the conversation will turn to team culture. However, clearly defining culture in way that is amenable to study in research has a number of difficulties and so whilst it recurs [read the full story…]

Alcohol use and people with learning disabilities

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Yesterday we posted about a U.S. review which identified the small number of studies on substance abuse and the lack of clear estimates of prevalence. Normally, here at Elf towers, we only identify studies that are reviews of literature, or single studies that report results. But given yesterday’s posting, we thought it might be interesting [read the full story…]

Positive beliefs held by adolescents about people with learning disabilities may mask underlying hostile attitudes

There is sparse evidence for the efficacy and safety of antipsychotics in people with learning disabilities.

Inclusion is at the heart of national policy relating to the support of people with learning disabilities, but there is little research available into the attitudes of the general public to people with learning disabilities. The researchers in this study were interested in particular in the how young people from White British and South Asian [read the full story…]