Our series of Learning Articles will explore information and links related to improving the care and humanity of people living with dementia.
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Our latest report carried out by Professor Katie Featherstone and Dr Andy Northcott, and a wider interdisciplinary team presents the findings of our latest new ethnographic research, Understanding how to facilitate continence for people with dementia in acute hospital setting.
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Professor of Sociology and Medicine and Director of the Geller Institute of Ageing and Memory, University of West London
Professor Featherstone’s programme of research examines institutional cultures of care, to address a pressing NHS challenge: the need to improve the quality and humanity of care people living with dementia receive in hospital.
Funded by the National Institute for Health & Care Research (NIHR HS&DR programme), which delivers research for the Department of Health and Social Care, Professor Featherstone’s detailed ethnographic research involves observing everyday care in hospital wards across England and Wales.
She has examined the management of refusal of care (13/10/80: 2015-2017), continence care (15/136/67: 2017-2020), with her forthcoming project examining the use of restraint in hospital care (NIHR132903: 2022- 2025).
This programme of work provides the evidence base, which is being used to inform public policy and delivering training, education, and improvement strategies within NHS hospitals. Her strategy of knowledge transfer is identified as notable practice by the NIHR.