Catastrophic reactions and other behaviors of Alzheimer's residents: special unit compared with traditional units
NLM Title Abbreviation
Arch Psychiatr Nurs
Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
Using a quasi-experimental pretest/posttest design, the effects of a Special Care Unit (SCU) on the incidence of catastrophic reactions and other behaviors of nursing home residents with Alzheimer's disease (AD) were examined. Findings indicate significantly fewer catastrophic reactions and other selected behavior changes occurred during the posttest period for subjects in the experimental group compared with the subjects in the control group. Implications for psychiatric consultation/liaison nurses (PCLNs) working with this vulnerable population are discussed.
Alzheimer's Disease -- Nursing, Long Term Care, Nursing Units, Gerontologic Nursing, Socioenvironmental Therapy, Alzheimer's Disease -- Therapy, Quasi-Experimental Studies, Pretest-Posttest Design, Convenience Sample, Research Instruments, Interrater Reliability, Descriptive Statistics, Models, Theoretical, Nursing Home Patients, Middle Age, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Inpatients, Male, Female, Patient Attitudes, Behavioral Changes, Psychiatric Nursing, Nurse Liaison, Human
Published Article/Book Citation
Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 7:5 (1993) pp.292-299.