Family/carer input into patient histories to help determine presence of dementia (2015)

Many older people admitted to an acute hospital present with confusion. It is difficult for health professionals to determine if the confusion is related to dementia, delirium or delirium co-existing with dementia, and this is exacerbated by the general dementia diagnostic gap in Ireland, as in other countries. In this paper, Barber briefly outlines how a diagnosis is made and the barriers to getting a diagnosis, highlights dementia as a risk for delirium and the impact that delirium has. The paper sets out the importance of engaging with and getting input from family carers and involving them in decision-making about care. The paper outlines the essential information that health professionals need to obtain about the person and suggests that building collaborative relationships with family members and others involved in the person’s care before admission to hospital is important for bridging the information gap.
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Family/carer input into patient histories to help determine presence of dementia (2015)
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2015
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Barber, J., 2015. Family/carer input into patient histories to help determine presence of dementia.