Identifying at risk nursing home residents using a polydipsia screening tool

Sheila A. Reynolds, Marlene Wellman Schmid, Marion E. Broome, Jeanne Beauchamp Hewitt

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Abstract

Persons diagnosed with schizophrenia are considered at risk for polydipsia, a potentially life-threatening condition characterized by excessive consumption of fluids. This study examined the demographic and health-related characteristics of nursing home residents with psychiatric diagnoses (N = 70) who reside in a 92-bed facility. The prevalence of polydipsia and behavioral characteristics and symptoms as measured by a 17-item polydipsia screening tool also were described. Patients who screened positive for polydipsia (36%) exhibited behaviors that included incontinence, smoking, frequent voiding, and preference for fluid over food. A polydipsia screening program could minimize morbidity and mortality associated with this fairly prevalent condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-67
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Polydipsia
Nursing Homes
Behavioral Symptoms
Mental Disorders
Schizophrenia
Smoking
Demography
Morbidity
Food
Mortality
Health

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  • Nursing(all)
  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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Identifying at risk nursing home residents using a polydipsia screening tool. / Reynolds, Sheila A.; Schmid, Marlene Wellman; Broome, Marion E.; Hewitt, Jeanne Beauchamp.

In: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, Vol. 18, No. 2, 04.2004, p. 60-67.

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Reynolds, Sheila A. ; Schmid, Marlene Wellman ; Broome, Marion E. ; Hewitt, Jeanne Beauchamp. / Identifying at risk nursing home residents using a polydipsia screening tool. In: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing. 2004 ; Vol. 18, No. 2. pp. 60-67.
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