Framework Outlines Better Treatment For Patients With Head
March 14, 2005
LONDON, ENGLAND--Health care providers and advocacy groups appeared optimistic over a new plan to improve long-term care for people who experience head injuries.
A National Service Framework for Long-term Conditions, published last Thursday, outlined improvements that are needed in the treatment of an estimated 10 million people in the United Kingdom with head injuries.
According to the BBC, the framework calls for patients to receive personal care plans to allow them a greater say in their treatment, better diagnosis and improved access to services.
The guidelines call for an emphasis on community services over hospitals or institutions. They also direct the National Health Service to work more closely with volunteer and community groups which offer support to people with neurological conditions.
The report estimated that each year 3,500 patients with head injuries are sent to inappropriate hospital wards or moved too early after surgery.