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Staff attitude changes after environmental changes on a ward for psychogeriatric patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3679727     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
On a ward for chronic elderly patients, mostly senile demented patients, several environmental changes were performed to improve the patients' behaviors. Before and after these changes, the staff (N = 12) were asked about their attitudes in relation to different issues, according to a semantic differential scheme. The semantic differential scheme consisted (apart from six distractor pairs) of the following semantic pairs: (a) negative-positive, (b) valueless-valuable, (c) bad-good, (d) onesided-manysided, (e) unimportant-important, and (f) stupid-smart. The object sentences tested with this semantic differential scheme were (1) cleaning the ward, (2) the patients' meals, (3) dressing the patients, and (4) social interaction with patients. The results showed significant positive changes in staff attitudes towards the patients in the three last object sentences. These also corresponded to the interventions made in the environmental program, whereas "cleaning the ward" was not really changed during the program. It is concluded that improvements in patient behaviors on the ward has important positive effects also on the staff attitudes.
P J Ingstad; K G Götestam
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of social psychiatry     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0020-7640     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Soc Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1987  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-01-07     Completed Date:  1988-01-07     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374726     Medline TA:  Int J Soc Psychiatry     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  237-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Trondheim, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Medicine, östmarka Hospital, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Dementia / therapy
Geriatric Psychiatry
Interpersonal Relations
Psychiatric Department, Hospital*

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