Can a systems approach reduce adverse outcomes in patients with dementia in acute settings? (innovative practice)

Authors: Duah-Owusu White, Vassallo, M., Kelly, F. and Nyman, S.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/29952/

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1471301217737690

Journal: Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISSN: 1471-3012

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Authors: Duah-Owusu White, M., Vassallo, M., Kelly, F. and Nyman, S.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/29952/

Journal: Dementia (London)

Pages: 1471301217737690

eISSN: 1741-2684

DOI: 10.1177/1471301217737690

People with dementia experience adverse outcomes such as pressure sores during their stay in acute hospitals. The application of a systems approach in an acute setting places an emphasis on the patient's journey in addition to the organisational factors that are present within a hospital context. This article draws upon principles obtained from a theoretical model, which was extracted from the work of Edwards (1972), Hawkins (1987) and Zecevic et al. (2007), in order to illustrate how the application of a novel systems approach (human interaction, environment, equipment and policy) could be used in acute hospital settings to reduce adverse health outcomes by using an imaginary patient with dementia.

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