Clinical usefulness and feasibility of using Reality Orientation with patients who have dementia in acute care settings

O’Connell, Bev, Gardner, Anne, Takase, Miyuki, Hawkins, Mary T., Ostaszkiewicz, Joan, Ski, Chantal, and Josipovic, Patricia (2007) Clinical usefulness and feasibility of using Reality Orientation with patients who have dementia in acute care settings. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 13 (3). pp. 182-192.

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Abstract

Reality Orientation (RO) was developed as a strategy to assist people with dementia to improve their orientation and everyday function. Although its efficacy has been extensively studied in long-term care facilities, its effectiveness has rarely been examined in acute care settings. The aim of this review was to examine the studies cited in systematic reviews of RO to determine the potential clinical usefulness and the feasibility of using RO in acute care settings. Based on this information, the authors make recommendations for future research in this area. The feasibility of implementing RO in acute care poses challenges because of the short time a patient is in hospital and their ability to participate given their acute medical condition. Although the efficacy and feasibility of using RO in acute care settings have not been sufficiently examined, its potential to improve care should not be ignored. A comprehensive and rigorous study is necessary to investigate the usefulness of RO in the acute care setting and to help establish clinical guidelines for dementia care in the context of acute care nursing.

Item ID: 10372
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: behaviour; cognition; dementia; hospitalization; intervention studies
ISSN: 1440-172X
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2010 22:51
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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