Aggression in Persons with Dementia: Use of Nursing Theory to Guide Clinical Practice

Diane Dettmore, Ann Kolanowski, Malaz Boustani

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Abstract

With approximately four million people in the United States today diagnosed with dementia, one of the most devastating problems faced by caregivers and patients is dealing with aggressive behavior. Aggression occurs in half of persons diagnosed with dementia and is associated with more rapid cognitive decline, increased risk of abuse, and caregiver burden. This paper uses the Need-driven Dementia-compromised Behavior (NDB) model to explain aggression and discusses therapeutic approaches to care that combines non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions targeting both the management of aggression crisis and preventing its future recurrence. A clinical algorithm guided by the NBD model is provided for practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-17
Number of pages10
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Nursing Theory
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Aggression in Persons with Dementia : Use of Nursing Theory to Guide Clinical Practice. / Dettmore, Diane; Kolanowski, Ann; Boustani, Malaz.

In: Geriatric Nursing, Vol. 30, No. 1, 01.2009, p. 8-17.

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