Applications of the Multidimensional Observation Scale for Elderly Subjects (Moses) in aged care

Helmes, Edward (2006) Applications of the Multidimensional Observation Scale for Elderly Subjects (Moses) in aged care. In: Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology. pp. 61-71. From: 39th Annual Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, 22-24 November 2006, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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Australian care facilities may find need for more refined assessment instruments than the mandatory Residential Classification Scale for some purposes. The Multidimensional Observation Scale for Elderly Subjects (MOSES) may be useful for many such diverse purposes in residential care or in applications or research in the community. MOSES was developed to provide a measure of psychosocial functioning in older adults in residential care, covering five domains: Self-care, Disorientation, Depression/Anxiety, Irritability, and Withdrawal. A parallel form that is usable for individuals who are residing in the community has also been developed. The development and structure of MOSES will be summarized to provide evidence for its utility. The major part of this paper summarizes some of the applications of MOSES that have taken place since its initial development. Several studies have used it to document any effects on individuals who have been moved from one care facility to another. A variety of interventions have used it to assess the outcome of treatment strategies for both pharmacological and known pharmacological treatment approaches. Other studies have assessed psychosis, sleep patterns, agitation, family visitation programs, and the scale has also proven its value in a variety of descriptive studies. MOSES can be used to evaluate a wide range of individuals because it does not require the cooperation of the person rated and so can be used in many future applications involving older adults with functional deterioration in areas that it assesses.

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Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 0-9758311-2-x
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2009 00:50
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