Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/eb-2012-101203
  • Care of older people
  • Cross-sectional design

Exposure to challenging behaviour from nursing home residents is associated with reduced general health and work ability, and increased burnout reported by nurses

  1. Ulf Isaksson
  1. Department of Nursing, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to: Ulf Isaksson
    Department of Nursing, Umeå University, The Caring Sciences Building, Umeå SE-90187, Sweden; ulf.isaksson{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • The study highlights the impact of challenging behaviour on nursing staff.

  • It is important that the problems associated with challenging behaviour are attended to and that staff are supported in their work.

  • Future studies should examine if other aspects, such as coping resources, could be a protective factor for nursing distress.


An increasing proportion of people with dementia has and will continue to be admitted to nursing homes or similar accommodations such as special care units. One of the reasons for being admitted to such institutions is challenging, …

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