Differences in Transitional Care Provided to Patients With and Without Dementia

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Abstract

Older adults with dementia experience more care transitions than those without dementia yet are routinely excluded from transitional care studies. The purpose of the current study was to understand the transitional care delivered to older adults with dementia compared to those without dementia. The medical charts of 210 patients (126 with dementia, 84 without dementia) 70 years and older hospitalized at a single hospital were reviewed for evidence of transitional care, including discharge planning, patient education, and follow-up appointments. Patients with dementia were significantly less likely to receive education related to their follow-up needs, whom to contact after discharge, medication regimens after discharge, and symptoms after discharge than patients without dementia. Caregivers to patients with dementia have previously reported a desire for more education and information from hospital providers so they can advocate for patients in aftercare; therefore, nurses and social workers should consider providing education regardless of a patient's dementia diagnosis. [Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 45(8), 15-22.].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-22
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Volume45
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019

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