Behavioural and psychological symptoms in patients with dementia, distress for nursing staff and complications in care

Hessler, J. B. et al. (2017) Source Epidemiology and psychiatric sciences (01) p. 1-10

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Little is known about how behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) manifest in the general hospital. The aim was to examine the frequency of BPSD in general hospitals and their associations with nursing staff distress and complications in care.

BPSD are common in older hospital patients with dementia and associated with considerable distress in nursing staff, as well as a wide range of special treatments needs and additional behavioural and medical complications. Management strategies are needed to improve the situation for both patients and hospital staff.

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