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Memory clinics and clinical governance - a UK perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Professor John O'Brien


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Background Memory clinics have developed using a range of service models but providing similar functions which include assessment, information, treatment monitoring, education, training and research. Memory clinic development is now taking place in the UK in the context of clinical governance and the drive for quality improvement. At a strategic level this process is driven by the National Service Framework for Older People and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. Methods The literature describing quality issues in memory clinics is reviewed against a multi-dimensional framework for assessing quality standards. Results and Conclusions The rationing of health care, both explicit and implicit, is discussed in view of limited capacity and financial resources of the National Health Service and the significance of this in determining quality standards is highlighted. The authors offer a generic quality specification for memory clinic development, using mild cognitive impairment as an illustration of the quality standards that might be achieved and clinical governance systems that must be present to drive forward continuous quality improvement. Copyright (C) 2002 John Wiley Sons, Ltd.

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Author(s): Phipps AJ, O'Brien JT

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Year: 2002

Volume: 17

Issue: 12

Pages: 1128-1132

ISSN (print): 0885-6230

ISSN (electronic): 1099-1166

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing


DOI: 10.1002/gps.761


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