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Nursing, geriatrics, pain

Agnessa Kozak, Sonja Freitag, Albert Nienhaus
Objectives: The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate metrologically the effectiveness of a training program on the reduction of stressful trunk postures in geriatric nursing professions. Methods: A training program, consisting of instruction on body postures in nursing, practical ergonomic work methods at the bedside or in the bathroom, reorganization of work equipment, and physical exercises, was conducted in 12 wards of 6 nursing homes in Germany. The Computer-Assisted Recording and Long-Term Analysis of Musculoskeletal Loads (CUELA) measurement system was used to evaluate all movements and trunk postures adopted during work before and 6 months after the training program...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
Cheryl Hawk, Michael J Schneider, Mitchell Haas, Paul Katz, Paul Dougherty, Brian Gleberzon, Lisa Z Killinger, John Weeks
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to update evidence-based recommendations on the best practices for chiropractic care of older adults. METHODS: The project consisted of a systematic literature review and a consensus process. The following were searched from October 2009 through January 2016: MEDLINE, Index to Chiropractic Literature, CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature), AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine Database), Alt HealthWatch, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and Cochrane Registry of Controlled Trials...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Caroline Berastegui, Emmanuel Monfort, Bertrand Boudin
Although shouting is a common psycho-behavioral symptom in geriatric institutions, the question of its assessment and treatment remains seldom studied and has rarely been the subject of specific recommendations. The combination of the focus group method and brainstorming has emerged as a methodology both relevant and feasible in geriatric facility to identify the coping strategies used by professionals and generalize guidelines for clinical observation and vocally disruptive behaviors management (shouting)...
March 1, 2017: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
Mateusz Cybulski, Lukasz Cybulski, Elzbieta Krajewska-Kulak, Urszula Cwalina
BACKGROUND: Ageing of society is a significant challenge to public health, both socially and health wise. Adaptation to illness and its acceptance play an important role in control and patients' self-control in many diseases of old age. The right attitude of doctors to patients, especially, geriatric patients determines, among others, a patient's quality of life and acceptance of illness. Recently, there has been observed the rapid development of research on interactions between pain as a physiological process and its perception by an individual...
February 8, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
Tara Liberman, James D'Olimpio, Maria Carney
141 Background: Cancer patients experience significant symptom and psychosocial burden (Temel JS, et. al. N Engl J Med. 2010 Aug 19; 363(8):733-42. Early palliative care for patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer.). Integration of supportive oncology programs within cancer centers has developed since the findings of Temel and Jackson. Addressing a growing need to manage patients comprehensively, the Northwell Health Divisions of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine and Hematology and Oncology partnered to initiate a community-based supportive oncology program...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
O Kada, H Janig, G Pinter, K Cernic, R Likar
BACKGROUND: Nursing homes are confronted more and more with palliative care patients, which present a challenge for nursing and medical personnel. Deficits in the palliative care of geriatric patients have been repeatedly demonstrated and many nursing home residents, especially those suffering from dementia, are undersupplied regarding pain management. OBJECTIVES: The present study was carried out to measure the knowledge and self-efficacy of nursing staff in the province of Carinthia (Austria) regarding palliative care of nursing home residents...
January 11, 2017: Der Schmerz
Dagmar Dräger, Andrea Budnick, Ronny Kuhnert, Sonja Kalinowski, Franziska Könner, Reinhold Kreutz
AIM: Although chronic pain is common in older adults, its treatment is frequently inappropriate. This problem is particularly prevalent in nursing home residents. We therefore developed an intervention to optimize pain management and evaluated its effects on pain intensity and pain interference with function in nursing home residents in Germany. METHODS: In a cluster-randomized controlled intervention, 195 residents of 12 Berlin nursing homes who were affected by pain were surveyed at three points of measurement...
December 9, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
Wolfgang Fischbach, Viola Andresen, Marion Eberlin, Tobias Mueck, Peter Layer
Racecadotril is a guideline-recommended treatment to alleviate symptoms of acute diarrhea. A systematic review of randomized studies was performed comparing efficacy and safety of treatment with racecadotril to that with placebo or active treatments in adults. In five double-blind studies, racecadotril and placebo had comparable tolerability, but racecadotril was more effective. This was consistent across multiple efficacy parameters including duration of diarrhea, number of diarrheic stools, abdominal pain, and meteorism; it was also consistent across countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
Kirsten Hermans, Joachim Cohen, Nele Spruytte, Chantal Van Audenhove, Anja Declercq
AIM: The aims of the present study were: (i) to describe palliative care needs and symptoms of older adults anticipated to be in the last year of their life in Flemish nursing homes (Belgium); and (ii) to evaluate whether these needs differ between residents with and without dementia. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out in 2014. Nurses and nursing assistants in 15 Flemish nursing homes (Belgium) completed the Palliative care Outcome Scale for 109 residents with palliative care needs...
September 16, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
Marjon van Rijn, Jacqueline J Suijker, Wietske Bol, Eva Hoff, Gerben Ter Riet, Sophia E de Rooij, Eric P Moll van Charante, Bianca M Buurman
OBJECTIVES: to study (i) the prevalence of geriatric conditions in community-dwelling older persons at increased risk of functional decline and (ii) the extent to which older persons recognise comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA)-identified conditions as relevant problems. METHODS: trained registered nurses conducted a CGA in 934 out of 1209 older persons at increased risk of functional decline participating in the intervention arm of a randomised trial in the Netherlands...
November 2016: Age and Ageing
Sandra F Simmons, Susan Bell, Avantika A Saraf, Chris S Coelho, Emily A Long, J M L Jacobsen, John F Schnelle, Eduard E Vasilevskis
OBJECTIVES: To assess multiple geriatric syndromes in a sample of older hospitalized adults discharged to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and subsequently to home to determine the prevalence and stability of each geriatric syndrome at the point of these care transitions. DESIGN: Descriptive, prospective study. SETTING: One large university-affiliated hospital and four area SNFs. PARTICIPANTS: Fifty-eight hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries discharged to SNFs (N = 58)...
October 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Maria Helena Lenardt, Nathalia Hammerschmidt Kolb Carneiro, Maria Angélica Binotto, Mariluci Hautsch Willig, Tânia Maria Lourenço, Jéssica Albino
OBJECTIVE: to investigate the association between physical frailty and quality of life in elderly users of primary health care in the capital of the state of Paraná. METHOD: a cross-sectional, quantitative study with 203 elders. Data collected included: physical activity questionnaires, weight loss, fatigue/exhaustion, quality of life, performance of gait speed tests, and handgrip strength. RESULTS: of the 203 older adults, 115 were pre-frail, 49 were non-frail, and 39 were frail, with a significant association with functional capacity and quality of life in all groups...
June 2016: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
R Cramer-Ebner, C Dorn, A Feilcke, I Hach
BACKGROUND: Assessment and self-assessment frequently differ, e. g. in psychosomatic disorders and complaints. At the same time the prevalence of corresponding disorders in old age is high. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated psychosocial factors from the perspective of nursing home residents and compared this self-assessment with data collected in other scientific studies with assessments by nursing home staff. The aim was to develop specific recommendations for the nursing home sector...
June 28, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
Harleah G Buck, Ann Kolanowski, Donna Fick, Lawrence Baronner
HOW TO OBTAIN CONTACT HOURS BY READING THIS ISSUE Instructions: 1.2 contact hours will be awarded by Villanova University College of Nursing upon successful completion of this activity. A contact hour is a unit of measurement that denotes 60 minutes of an organized learning activity. This is a learner-based activity. Villanova University College of Nursing does not require submission of your answers to the quiz. A contact hour certificate will be awarded after you register, pay the registration fee, and complete the evaluation form online at http://goo...
July 1, 2016: Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
Suzanne Timmons, Emma O'Shea, Desmond O'Neill, Paul Gallagher, Anna de Siún, Denise McArdle, Patricia Gibbons, Sean Kennelly
BACKGROUND: Admission to an acute hospital can be distressing and disorientating for a person with dementia, and is associated with decline in cognitive and functional ability. The objective of this audit was to assess the quality of dementia care in acute hospitals in the Republic of Ireland. METHODS: Across all 35 acute public hospitals, data was collected on care from admission through discharge using a retrospective chart review (n = 660), hospital organisation interview with senior management (n = 35), and ward level organisation interview with ward managers (n = 76)...
2016: BMC Geriatrics
Mette Marie Tang, Morten Gill Wollsen, Lise Aagaard
OBJECTIVE: To monitor pain intensity, pain symptoms, and medication use in elderly with dementia. METHODS: Nursing home residents above 65 years of age, diagnosed with dementia, and showing pain symptoms were included in the study. The patients' mental status was monitored through a mini-mental state examination score and observations of pain symptoms using Part 1 of the Mobilization-Observation-Behaviour-Intensity-Dementia-2 (MOBID-2) pain scale. Community pharmacists reviewed the patients' medication use, and the prescriptions were compared with guidelines for treatment of geriatric patients...
April 2016: Journal of Research in Pharmacy Practice
M E Muntinga, A P D Jansen, F G Schellevis, G Nijpels
BACKGROUND: Although untreated pain has a negative impact on quality of life and health outcomes, research has shown that older people do not always have access to adequate pain care. Practice nurse-led, comprehensive geriatric assessments (CGAs) may increase access to tailored pain care for frail, older people who live at home. To explore this, we investigated whether new pain cases were identified by practice nurses during CGAs administered as part of an intervention with the Geriatric Care Model, a comprehensive care model based on the Chronic Care Model, and whether the intervention led to tailored pain action plans in care plans of frail, older people...
2016: BMC Nursing
Susan P Bell, Eduard E Vasilevskis, Avantika A Saraf, J M L Jacobsen, Sunil Kripalani, Amanda S Mixon, John F Schnelle, Sandra F Simmons
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence, recognition, co-occurrence, and recent onset of geriatric syndromes in individuals transferred from the hospital to a skilled nursing facility (SNF). DESIGN: Quality improvement project. SETTING: Acute care academic medical center and 23 regional partner SNFs. PARTICIPANTS: Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized between January 2013 and April 2014 and referred to SNFs (N = 686). MEASUREMENTS: Project staff measured nine geriatric syndromes: weight loss, lack of appetite, incontinence, and pain (standardized interview); depression (Geriatric Depression Scale); delirium (Brief Confusion Assessment Method); cognitive impairment (Brief Interview for Mental Status); and falls and pressure ulcers (hospital medical record using hospital-implemented screening tools)...
April 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Agnieszka Neumann-Podczaska, Tomasz Nowak, Aleksandra Suwalska, Dorota Łojko, Roma Krzymińska-Siemaszko, Elżbieta Kozak-Szkopek, Katarzyna Wieczorowska-Tobis
Many age-associated diseases are accompanied by pain. There is no doubt that pain is underrecognized among elderly nursing home residents and the diagnosing of pain is a real challenge in subjects with dementia. The aim of the study was to characterize analgesic use among nursing home residents and to delineate the putative associations between pain management and cognitive functions of elderly persons. The study involved 392 subjects (males:females - 81:311) with a mean age of 83.6±5.9 years. The residents' medical files in relation to diagnoses and drug consumption were analyzed, and the screening of cognitive functions was performed using the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE)...
2016: Clinical Interventions in Aging
Sunghye Kim, Anthony P Marsh, Lauren Rustowicz, Catherine Roach, Xiaoyan I Leng, Stephen B Kritchevsky, W Jack Rejeski, Leanne Groban
BACKGROUND: Specific geriatric assessment tools may complement traditional perioperative risk stratification. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether self-reported mobility is predictive of postoperative outcomes in older patients undergoing elective noncardiac surgery. METHODS: Patients aged 69 yr or older (n = 197) underwent (1) traditional risk assessments (American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status classification and Revised Cardiac Risk Index), (2) five-point frailty evaluation, (3) self-reported mobility assessment using the Mobility Assessment Tool-short form (range, 30...
April 2016: Anesthesiology
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