Clinical factors associated with the quality of interactions between staff and hospitalized older patients with dementia

Anju Paudel, Marie Boltz, Ashley Kuzmik, Barbara Resnick, Rhonda BeLue

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Abstract

This study examines the clinical factors associated with the quality of interactions between staff and hospitalized older patients with dementia. Following examination of bivariate associations, we conducted multiple linear regression in a sample of 140 hospitalized older patients with dementia who participated in the final cohort of an intervention study implementing Family-centered Function-focused Care (Fam-FFC). On average, the participants (male = 46.1%, female = 52.9%) were 81.43 years old (SD = 8.29) and had positive interactions with staff (mean QUIS score = 5.84, SD = 1.36). Accounting for 17.8% of variance in the model, non-pharmacological intervention use (b= 0.170; p<.001) and pain (b= -0.198; p<.01) were significantly associated with the quality of staff-patient interactions. To optimize care of hospitalized patients with dementia, staff should be encouraged to use non-pharmacological interventions. It is also important for staff to assess pain among the patients with dementia and prioritize pain management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-59
Number of pages6
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume54
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology

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