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Teaching staff about dementia, delirium and depression

Andrew Teodorczuk, Elizabeta Mukaetova-Ladinska, Sally Corbett, Mark Welfare
BACKGROUND: Patients with confusion (delirium and dementia) in the general hospital environment are more likely to have negative health outcomes compared with other patients. Poor team and individual practice is partly responsible for this, and a training gap has been described. We report an innovative interprofessional teaching intervention that is founded on robust medical education research findings, and has the potential to improve staff practice. INNOVATION: A 2-day programme is described that seeks to address previously identified learning needs in relation to managing the confused older patient...
December 2014: Clinical Teacher
Reena Karani, Eileen H Callahan, David C Thomas
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to design, implement, and evaluate a unique educational curriculum in inpatient geriatrics for internal medicine housestaff. DESCRIPTION: Traditionally the didactic curriculum on an inpatient geriatrics unit varies according to the attending faculty on service, the types of patients admitted, and preferences of the housestaff and students-in-training. However, a more structured educational curriculum would allow for comprehensive attention to, and a detailed exploration of, the principles of geriatric care necessary to effectively treat all hospitalized older adults...
September 2002: Academic Medicine
D Fick, M Foreman
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe the recognition and management of delirium in hospitalized patients with and without dementia. DESIGN: A descriptive, exploratory design was used with a convenience sample of 20 hospitalized older patients who were observed indepth using qualitative interviews and observations of 13 family members and 11 staff members. SETTING: This research was conducted on the medical-surgical units of a 550-bed, nonprofit, state-supported teaching hospital in the southeastern United States...
January 2000: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
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