Role of nursing associates in addressing the needs of people with dementia in hospital

Smith, M and Gill, T ORCID: 2020, 'Role of nursing associates in addressing the needs of people with dementia in hospital' , Nursing Older People, 32 (1) , pp. 16-20.

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It is estimated that people with dementia comprise about one quarter of all inpatients in acute hospital wards, although this could be an underestimate. Healthcare assistants often lack the training and skills, and nurses often lack the time, to provide optimal care for these patients. As a result, the needs of hospital inpatients with dementia are often unmet, they may have suboptimal outcomes compared with inpatients who do not have dementia, and they may experience significantly reduced well-being and quality of life. Nursing associates have a hands-on role in patient care, and their training should equip them with the skills required to overcome communication barriers and identify patients’ needs. This article explores the potential role of nursing associates in addressing the needs of inpatients with dementia.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Nursing Older People
Publisher: RCN Publishing
ISSN: 1472-0795
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Depositing User: Dr Tony Gill
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2020 09:33
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 04:03

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