Essays on The Management of Dementia Patients in Acute Care Case Study

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The paper 'The Management of Dementia Patients in Acute Care' is a great example of a management case study. Just like in all other health care settings, the main aim of providing health care is to improve the quality of life, and improvement of quality of life requires identification of the factors that affect the quality of life. These factors have to be assessed and methods of avoiding if in incase they have negative effects, controlling and managing them developed. This requires management and so it is the reason why it is very important to manage patients with dementia. A best practice is an activity, a method, a reward, a process, or an incentive that is considered to be more effective in delivering a particular result.

In management, there are best practices and these depend on the aims of the management group or team. In the above case, for example, the aim of the management department of the team would be to ensure quality life in dementia patients in the acute care setting. Practices, activities, processes, methods, and so on, aimed at effectively improving or ensuring quality life in dementia patients in acute settings therefore will be considered best practices.

Effectiveness of an activity, process, method, or any practice also depends on the aim of using such a method, process, activity, or process. This paper is about the best practices in the management of dementia patients in acute care settings. It will cover what some authors consider best practice in relation to the findings they have got about dementia patients and the provision of health care to such patients. Information about the best practices will be obtained from their recommendations, results, and discussions. Best Practice for the Management of Dementia Patients in the Acute Care SettingPark and other researcher's work is all about a standardized form of caring for old aged patients with dementia.

According to Park and others, there is no specific approach used by nurses for caring for patients with dementia yet their problems are well recognized. The study showed that the comorbidities related to dementia in old people are known, the characteristics of patients suffering from dementia are known and there are nursing interventions to the dementia patients as well as diagnosis.

Very little clinical data is however available showing the nursing interventions, the nursing diagnoses, and the nursing outcomes. With the availability of such information, a specific standardized approach of caring for dementia patients in acute care can be developed (Park et al, 2004). Park and the other researchers recommended that how nurses diagnose dementia patients, the interventions they use and the outcomes of the interventions, as well as the diagnoses, should be documented in a standardized manner to support the concept of computerized patient record hence help in the management of dementia patients in acute care (Park et al, 2004). The aim of the research study was to describe the characteristics of dementia patients that were hospitalized, the characteristics of the diagnoses and interventions used by nurses and to determine the nursing care trends in the USA using a Nursing Minimum Data Set.

One community hospital was used for the study. The results gave the researchers proved that there is no specific approach taken by nurses in caring for such patients and that very little clinical data was available on how these patients should be diagnosed, treated, and cared for (Park et al, 2004).

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