Dementia patients overwhelm Scottish system

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The (Edinburgh) Scotsman‘s Adam Morris won the Guild of Health Writers’ “Best Regional Health Feature” award for his investigation into how an overwhelmed local health system was failing its growing population of dementia patients. Here’s the overview of his example-laden piece:

The growing strain which caring for an ever-increasing number of patients with dementia has placed on the region’s hospitals has led to a series of complaints from families and watchdogs.

They paint a picture of often hard-pressed staff struggling to cope with the challenges of caring for their confused and vulnerable patients, while those with dementia are frequently “left to rot” with precious little stimulation beyond the visits of family and friends.

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