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dc.contributor.authorReeve, Dawn K.
dc.contributor.authorGayson, Charlotte
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-20T15:53:47Z
dc.date.available2017-09-20T15:53:47Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationReeve, D. K., Gayson, C. & Stephan, T. (2014). Increasing NICE compliance in multiple sclerosis and cognition: A service evaluation. Social Care and Neurodisability, 5 (2), pp.102-110.
dc.identifier.other10.1108/SCN-08-2013-0031
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12904/6099
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this paper is to increase awareness and compliance of The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance regarding cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis (MS). Design/methodology/approach: Assessments were offered routinely to consecutive inpatients with MS and to 20 per cent of outpatients. Once consent was gained, a cognitive assessment and subjective measure of cognition was completed with the patient, as well as a disability scale completed by the Medical Consultant. Individually targeted cognitive rehabilitation advice was provided using a bespoke advice leaflet. Afterwards, those who completed the assessment were asked to provide feedback on their experience. Findings: The percentage that were classed as below average cognitively and the pattern of impairment was comparable to previous findings. Memory was rated the most affected by the largest number of MS individuals and a strong relationship was found between objective and subjective measures of attention. The average functional disability level was rated at 6.99. Evaluations for the service provided were positive; over half of the sample was unaware of NICE Guidance on this issue but 100 per cent would recommend this service and provided optimistic quotes. Practical implications: This evaluation has enabled greater numbers to receive the recommended services and provided a useful baseline assessment of cognitive impairment and of patient attitudes towards this service. Resulting from this process, a new service framework has been proposed and presented at a local level. The advice leaflet developed for this process has been well received by patients and colleagues resulting in its submission to become an official NHS leaflet. Originality/value: Developed clinical governance of NHS services to patients with MS in offering improved assessment and management of cognitive problems. This is in contrast to the national trend showing little improvement of MS care and the lack of NICE implementation by the MS Trust and Royal College of Physicians audit. Furthermore, the bespoke advice leaflet developed for patients and carers of MS demonstrates originality of information provided. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
dc.description.urihttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/SCN-08-2013-0031
dc.subjectMultiple sclerosis
dc.subjectCognition
dc.subjectRehabilitation
dc.titleIncreasing NICE compliance in multiple sclerosis and cognition: A service evaluation
dc.typeArticle


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