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Staff interaction with vocally disruptive demented patients compared with demented controls.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2095857     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study addressed the effect of social isolation on vocally disruptive demented patients (V); the results center on the amount of time patients spent in interactions, and the differences in type and time of staff-patient interaction (IA), compared to controls (C). Semi-structured observations were collected (1100 hours) for 37 vocally disruptive patients and 37 controls, all residents of psychogeriatric wards. Quantitative analysis revealed a low frequency of interactions, elicited mainly for procedural matters and short duration of most interaction episodes. Multiple regression analysis showed a significant difference in the type of interaction: there was more correction of undesired behaviour for vocally disruptive patients than for controls. The results show that social isolation is part of the institutionalized demented patients' life. The dominance of short interaction episodes could contribute to overstimulation. The only significant difference found was the frequency of corrective interactions in the group of vocally disruptive patients. We conclude that this is not the cause of their behaviour, but it may reinforce it. Other factors that might cause and maintain this behaviour require investigation.
I R Hallberg; K A Luker; A Norberg; K Johnsson; S Eriksson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Aging (Milan, Italy)     Volume:  2     ISSN:  0394-9532     ISO Abbreviation:  Aging (Milano)     Publication Date:  1990 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-07-18     Completed Date:  1991-07-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9102503     Medline TA:  Aging (Milano)     Country:  ITALY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  163-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Advanced Nursing, University of Umeå, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Dementia / nursing,  psychology*
Interpersonal Relations*
Nursing Staff / psychology*
Social Isolation / psychology
Verbal Behavior*

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