Implementing the wandering evidence for older people with dementia: key issues for nurses and carers

Neville, Christine C. and McMinn, Bryan and Cave, Patricia (2006) Implementing the wandering evidence for older people with dementia: key issues for nurses and carers. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 1 (4). pp. 235-238. ISSN 1748-3743


This paper explores and discusses key issues for nurses and home carers in implementing the evidence from the recent assessment of wandering studies conducted by Algase. Wandering is one of the most burdensome of all the behavioural symptoms and is increasing as the prevalence rates of dementia rise with the aging of the population. Wandering describes a diverse pattern of behaviour from aimless walking and pacing through to elopement. Until recently, the empirical evidence in relation to wandering and its implications for caring for older people, has seriously lagged behind other research. However, several studies have led to important advances in the management of wandering and despite there being in some instances methodological deficiencies and modest efficacy, nurses, home carers and older people who wander will benefit from the findings.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:41
Last Modified: 11 May 2012 08:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia; home care interventions; nursing interventions; nursing research; wandering
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110308 Geriatrics and Gerontology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111001 Aged Care Nursing
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2006.00044.x

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