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The impact of using measurements of electrodermal activity in the assessment of problematic behaviour in dementia
Luleå tekniska universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0313-6002
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2018 (English)In: Dementia and geriatric cognitive disorders extra, E-ISSN 1664-5464, Vol. 8, no 3, p. 333-347Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: A major and complex challenge when trying to support individuals with dementia is meeting the needs of those who experience changes in behaviour and mood. Aim: To explore how a sensor measuring electrodermal activity (EDA) impacts assistant nurses' structured assessments of problematic behaviours amongst people with dementia and their choices of care interventions. Methods: Fourteen individuals with dementia wore a sensor that measured EDA. The information from the sensor was presented to assistant nurses during structured assessments of problematic behaviours. The evaluation process included scorings with the instrument NPI-NH (Neuropsychiatric Inventory-Nursing Home version), the care interventions suggested by assistant nurses to decrease problematic behaviours, and the assistant nurses' experiences obtained by focus group interviews. Results: The information from the sensor measuring EDA was perceived to make behavioural patterns more visual and clear, which enhanced assistant nurses' understanding of time-related patterns of behaviours. In turn, this enhancement facilitated timely care interventions to prevent the patterns and decrease the levels of problematic behaviour. Conclusion: With the addition of information from the sensor, nursing staff could target causes and triggers in a better way, making care interventions more specific and directed towards certain times throughout the day to prevent patterns of problematic behaviours.

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Basel: S. Karger , 2018. Vol. 8, no 3, p. 333-347
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-7743DOI: 10.1159/000493339ISI: 000465207700004PubMedID: 30386370Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85054876403OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-7743DiVA, id: diva2:1351485
Available from: 2018-09-12 Created: 2019-09-16 Last updated: 2019-09-19Bibliographically approved

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