Using direct observation to record the behaviour of long???stay patients with dementia

  • Bowie P
  • Mountain G
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Abstract

Developed a direct observation system for the assessment of the behavior of elderly demented long-stay patients. The technique of recording behavior in real time has high face validity, and in conjunction with portable computers was found to be very reliable. The technique was used to assess the behavior of 110 patients during their waking day on 7 wards. Findings suggest that almost two-thirds of the day is spent doing nothing, with aimless or disruptive behaviors also accounting for a significant period of the day. Only a small proportion of the day was spent in self-care or social behaviors. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Dementia
  • behaviour
  • long???stay wards
  • observation

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