Title

Alzheimer's residents' cognitive and functional measures: special and traditional care unit comparison

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

2-1-1994

NLM Title Abbreviation

Clin Nurs Res

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Clinical nursing research

PubMed ID

8167575

Abstract

The aim of this field experiment was to compare the effects of a special care unit (SCU) on residents with Alzheimer's disease (AD) who lived on the SCU and on traditional (integrated) nursing home units. Twenty-two subjects, 13 on the SCU and 9 on traditional integrated units were compared. Repeated measures ANOVA was used to assess differences between the two groups and within the groups over two bimonthly pretests and two bimonthly posttests. No significant differences on cognitive or functional abilities scores were evident for the groups and no significant differences were found over time. However, consistent with the prediction of the Progressively Lower Stress Threshold Model, the SCU subjects' function was better than subjects on traditional units when measured by socially accessible behaviors.

Keywords

Activities of Daily Living, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Alzheimer Disease/nursing/physiopathology/psychology, Cognition, Female, Geriatric Assessment, Hospital Units, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Nursing Homes

Published Article/Book Citation

Clinical nursing research, 3:1 (1994) pp.27-41.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/337