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The European Health Policy

Introduction

In the present scenario, the European Health Policy directly concentrates on the factors related to dementia and all those aspects related to improving care for dementia patients that need and required to be taken into consideration in the present public health policies. The European Health Policy which is in a successful manner implemented by the European Public Health Association and Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, Most of the countries of European Union aims at the perfect planning and implementation of all aspects on improving care for dementia patients. The said health policy deals with health improvement, health protection and service quality for all the patients who are suffering from dementia.

Dementia is actually a very broad category of diseases that deals with brain which cause long term loss of the direct and indirect ability to reason and think very clearly that is really enough in order to affect a individual’s daily and routine functioning in any given situations and circumstance. It is to be highly noted that for the perfect diagnosis to be largely present it must be a complete change from how the individual was previously. On the other hand, the most general form of dementia is actually Alzheimer’s disease which forms nearly 75% of the said disease. Other forms of this disease are Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, progressive supranuclear palsy, normal pressure hydrocephalus, corticobasal degeneration and Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease.

Dementia disease and health policy

The symptoms associated with this particular disease are impulsivity, disinhibition, agitation, anxiety, depression, balance problems, trouble eating or swallowing, tremor, speech and language difficulty, wandering or restlessness, delusions, hallucinations and memory distortions. The government of the European nations with their European Health Policy aims to directly or indirectly improving care for dementia patients in deprived regions to a great extent. These types of interventions are largely providing good results but there is a need and requirement limit in order to repeat these particular aspects on a national scale for improving care for dementia patients.  So that most deprived persons who is suffering from dementia gets the assistance of improving their conditions and lifestyle. The European Health Policy is able to cover disease-specific strategies to a great extent. It also aims to meet the health related requirements of improving care for dementia patients among the vulnerable and marginalized groups (Lee, 2011).

On the other hand, for improving care for dementia patients there is a need and requirement for health equity in policies related to non-health-sector. It is to be highly noted that direct access to healthcare is reasonably equal for improving care for dementia patients. Despite anything to the contrary the increase in the number of improving care for dementia patients indicates that there is still a lot to be done in this particular field. There is a need and requirement to bring in aspects of equity and improvement in this particular area for improving care for dementia patients. There should be any chance of political and public interest in health issues and problem plus its related policies. There are ready availability of details and information plus data which can be directly used in the approach towards ethnic group and geographical area than its social aspects. Most of the nation across the Europe has the European Health Policy that exclusively deals for improving care for dementia patients as a national public health initiative to a large extent (Bains, Birks, Dening, 2002).

Most of the European governmental agencies should indulge in the collection of details, information and  data related to dementia patients and take steps and measure to correct it so that all the general public are benefited by the given European Health Policy by the concerned government to a large extent. There is a need for conducting different types of research studies in order to be aware of and understand the short coming and areas of improvement needed and required for improving care for dementia patients in the health sector for the general public with a lot of perfection. In order to tackle health related issues and problems of dementia diseases there is a perfect need and requirement to successfully develop different methods and techniques for assessing policy systems and clusters of intervention in this regard. There is a need for more research studies to be conducted understand and be aware of all the potentialities and best practices for treating dementia diseases with its collaboration between non-health and health sectors.

There is a need for further research studies to be conducted in order to largely understand the needs and requirements to be undertaken for improving care for dementia patients to a large extent. This method will lead to understand and be aware of a better understanding of the variety of impact and factors on dementia diseases. There is a need and requirement for best analyses and comparison of certain success and solving problems and issues related to improving care for dementia patients in the European Health Policy planning, proper implementation and perfect monitoring of health policies with a lot of perfection (Gabriel, Normand, 2012).

  • There are nearly 500,000 people dying each and every year mainly because they have serious disease known as Alzheimer’s.
  • Every 67 seconds someone in the European nations develops Alzheimer’s.
  • More than 5 million Europeans are living with this particular disease.
  • More than 60 % of dementia and Alzheimer’s caregivers are women.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the European Union.
  • Approximately 15.5 million caregivers largely provided an estimated of nearly 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion in 2013.
  • Among 1 in 3 seniors dies with dementia or another Alzheimer’s.
  • At the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s epidemic are women.
  • Almost two-thirds of Europeans with Alzheimer’s are women.
  • Women in her 60s, an estimated lifetime risk for developing Alzheimer’s is 1 in 6. On the other hand for breast cancer it is 1 in 11.
  • There are 2.5 times more women than men providing intensive “on-duty” care 24 hours a day for someone with Alzheimer’s.

While framing the European Health Policy, care should be taken to bring in best theories, designs and methodologies that can be in a successful manner be used in health policy analysis. The policy researcher should give at most importance to all the aspects of health related issues and problems plus its best solution to a large extent is the need of the hour. It is to be highly remembered that health policy analysis is an approach of multi-disciplinary towards public policy that largely aims in order to explain the interaction between ideas, interest and institutions in the given policy process to a large extent. On the other hand, it is more useful both prospectively and retrospectively, in order to understand and be aware of the past policy rate of successes and failures so that plan can be perfectly made for future policy implementation for the general public with a lot of perfection (Lockett, Templeton, Byrne, Norcross, 2002).

There is a need and requirement to take into consideration of the high income people, middle income people and low income people while framing the health care policy for the nation at large improving care for dementia patients. There is a need and requirement of strengths and weakness of European Health Policy of the European Public Health Association analysis in middle and low income countries in order to make thing happen on the right note of positive manner without any type of drawbacks in improving care for dementia patients. It is really much significant to place something in a particular context related to the health policy environment for better understanding and being aware of all the different types of challenges to theory and methodology in improving care for dementia patients. The government aims to directly or indirectly improve the living conditions of the general people in deprived regions to a great extent. It comes with programs that largely facilitate housing, health, education and others. This type of efforts for improving care for dementia patients is the need of the hour.  It is usually fair in order to mention that the health sector has characteristics of specific nature that affect the policy environment to a large extent in any given situations and circumstances in this particular sector (Brown, 2009).

It is to be highly remembered that European Health Policy of the European Public Health Association in certain health policy environments deals with high and middle income countries will largely differ from those which are implemented in low income countries improving care for dementia patients. There is a need and requirement to look into certain weaker regulations, monitoring systems and regulatory capacity, lack of purchasing power, more patronage in political systems, quality of services delivered, etc for improving care for dementia patients. There should be better cooperation and coordination among the government officials, politicians, interest group and bureaucrats in the heath sector in order to come up with better health policy and its perfect implementation with a lot of perfection in the health sector (Boseley, Sarah, 2012).

European Health Policy of the European Public Health Association should perfect deal with not-for-profit organizations and for-profit organization plus large and small healthcare players who come forward for serving the general public at large with a lot of perfection for improving care for dementia patients. The policy that is framed for the general public to deal with improving care for dementia patients all aspects of health related issues and problems plus aim for better health prospect in the overall society without any type of loop wholes in general. There should be proper allocation of funds for the said policy from the government and all the concern authorities related to the health sector that deals with health assistance for the general public.

The government along with its concerned health departments wants each and everyone to be perfectly able to make different types of healthier choices in any given circumstances and situations in order to directly minimize the impact and risk of dementia diseases to a large extent. In the present scenario, a wide range of different types of events can directly or indirectly cause health emergencies, comprising accidents, natural hazards, terrorist attacks and outbreaks of disease such as dementia. In this given circumstances and situations, call for emergencies health assistance will be brought forward in major and minor events that causes threat to the good health and lives of local communities in a given society plus it also affect the entire population at large. It is to be highly noted that European Health Policy of the European Public Health Association is all regarding assisting to stay healthier, plus perfectly protecting them from different types of threats to their good health (Finocchiaro, Galletti, Rovera, 1997).

It is the duty and responsibility of the government along with its concerned health departments and its officials are aimed at perfectly handle such type of health care related emergencies in a proper manner for improving care for dementia patients. Immediate action can really save lives and reduce the impact to a great extend in the given society with a lot of perfection in the time of need. Moreover within the national and local health related responses, the Department of Health along with government should step forward for meeting the needs and requirements related to the people in any given situations and circumstances in the given society at large (Geddes, John; Gelder, Michael,  Mayou, Richard, 2005).

  • 86% of appropriately assessed patients were referred on to specialist services in November 2013, a decrease of 4 percentage points from 90% in October 2013.
  • 83% of admitted patients were initially assessed for potential dementia in November 2013, an increase of 3 percentage points from 80% in October 2013.
  • The percentage of trusts in November 2013 achieving at least 90% in each measure was as follows: 65% of the trusts carried out initial assessments for cases of dementia, the same percentage as in October 2013; 73% carried out further diagnoses, an increase of 4 percentage points from 69% in October 2013; 74% referred cases on to specialist services, the same percentage as in October 2013 (Kolata, Gina, 2010).
  • 89% of admitted patients potentially having dementia were appropriately assessed in November 2013, a decrease in 1 percentage point from 90% in October 2013.
  • 79 trusts achieved at least 90% in all three measures, an increase from 76 trusts in October 2013.

There should be perfect cooperation and coordination among all those involved in the perfect planning related activities and proper execution of the approved plans for the welfare of the general public at large in the given society improving care for dementia patients. The government should set clear duties and responsibilities for directly and indirectly responding to health emergencies of different nature as and when it happens and affects the people in general for improving care for dementia patients. Within the given health system, the Department of Health along with its related organization should come forward with certain good plans and its perfect execution for improving care for dementia patients related issues through their health care policy (Calleo, Stanley, 2008).

Conclusion

European Health Policy of the European Public Health Association plays a significant role in the society and nation at large improving care for dementia patients. The framing of European Health Policy of the European Public Health Association should be in such a manner that it takes care of all the health issues and problems of the society in general plus needs and requirements of the general public health related grounds with a lot of perfection. This particular area cannot be neglected under any situations and circumstance in the given society and nation to a great extent. It is usually fair in order to mention that the health sector has characteristics of specific nature that affect the policy environment to a large extent in any given situations and circumstances in this particular sector. There should be proper allocation of required amount of funds for the implementation of the European Health Policy of the European Public Health Association to a great extent improving care for dementia patients. All those who are involved in the framing and execution of the healthcare policy should come up with at most corporation and coordination among themselves for the best results to be derived from it.

There is a need for more research studies to be conducted understand and be aware of all the potentialities and best practices for the healthcare sector plus its collaboration between non-health and health sectors for improving care for dementia patients. In order to tackle health issues related to dementia diseases, there is a perfect need and requirement to successfully develop different methods and techniques for assessing policy systems and clusters of intervention. The government aims to directly or indirectly improving care for dementia patients in deprived regions to a great extent. This type of efforts is the need of the hour. There is a need for more research studies to be conducted understand and be aware of all the potentialities and best practices for improving care for dementia patients plus its collaboration between non-health and health sectors.

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