Navigation Links
Family's Questions About Alzheimer's Patients Can Put Nurses in a Bind
Date:11/13/2012

TUESDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Many nurses and other health workers at Alzheimer's care facilities feel unprepared to tell patients' family members the truth about their loved one's condition, a new study finds.

They often have to struggle with the choice of being positive but dishonest, or candid but disheartening, the researchers said.

The study included 15 registered nurses, 13 care assistants or nurse aides, and four licensed practical nurses who worked at skilled nursing or assisted-living facilities in four states.

Another communication dilemma faced by the workers was what to say to relatives who did not have power of attorney but asked for details about a patient's condition despite health information privacy laws.

Many of the workers said family members often sought advice from them, while the workers believed their professional role was to offer the family options for care, according to the findings published online Nov. 13 in the Journal of Applied Communication Research.

The findings suggest "that nurses and care assistants working with Alzheimer's patients and their families face unique communication challenges in managing families' uncertainty that are not adequately addressed in the training they receive," study author Anne Stone, an assistant professor in the communication department at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., said in a journal news release.

"I think that discussing the experience of family uncertainty, and how to manage it, in training would help nursing staff," she suggested.

The study participants revealed several strategies they used to help them deal with the challenges of communicating with patients' families:

  • Health workers and families should develop a common set of care expectations.
  • Caregiving should be more visible. For example, a nurse might tell family members what care their loved one recently received, or a care assistant might perform some care tasks, such as trimming a patient's fingernails, in the family's presence.
  • Emphasize to relatives that coming to see the patient is also positive for the visitor.

More information

The Alzheimer's Association offers resources for family and friends of Alzheimer's patients.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Journal of Applied Communication Research, news release, Nov. 13, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study questions the relevance of SCIP benchmarks among CABG patients
2. Einstein-Montefiore scientists awarded 2 NCI Provocative Questions grants
3. New HIV/AIDS registry to help answer key questions
4. Study questions technique to repair ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms
5. Researchers awarded National Cancer Institute grants aimed at answering provocative questions
6. Study Questions Guidelines on Radiation for Older Breast Cancer Patients
7. Study questions value of calcium and vitamin D supplements
8. Weirdest hCG Questions Revealed
9. Partisanship shapes beliefs about political and non-political issues
10. Study overturns common assumption about knee replacements in morbidly obese individuals
11. Painful truths about genital injuries
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Family's Questions About Alzheimer's Patients Can Put Nurses in a Bind 
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Russ ... announced the first national #QuackGivesBack campaign which supported local breast cancer organizations during ... franchise-wide Quack Gives Back initiative, and we’re very pleased with the ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... CURE Media Group, the nation’s ... groups, has aligned with Upstage Lung Cancer in efforts to combat lung cancer, announced ... J. Hennessy, Jr said, “CURE Media Group is honored to team up with Upstage ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... of access for customers and employees that are both engaging and easy to ... Service Smart Technology, the software company revealed today its plans to roll out ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... ... STAT courier is pleased to announce that due to customer demand, as ... their presence in Dallas. One of the most exciting parts for STAT is that ... Dallas and Forth Worth market. STAT takes pride in treating their employees with integrity ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Vida Health, the digital ... B led by Canvas Ventures . Other investors include Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) ... platform to serve more consumers who are managing chronic conditions or simply ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... December 8, 2016 Information products and services ... in Scopus , the world,s largest abstract and citation ... comprehensive metrics for journals from over 5,000 publishers. The new set ... to subscribe to and when to adjust a journal,s editorial strategy. ... , , ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Dec. 8, 2016 Dignitana, a world leader ... with Boa® Technology, creator of the award-winning, patented Boa® ... use with the DigniCap® scalp cooling system. DigniCap® was ... December 2015, and is the first medical scalp cooling ... scalp cooling system features a patented tight-fitting silicone cooling ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... India , December 8, 2016 ... report "Sugar-Based Excipients Market by Product (Actual Sugars, ... Functionality (Filler & Diluent, Tonicity Agents), Formulation (Oral, ... by MarketsandMarkets, the market has witnessed healthy growth ... grow at a CAGR of 4.3% between 2016 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: