Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/eb-2014-101735
  • Care of the older person
  • Qualitative—other

Family carers of people with cognitive impairment who are admitted to hospital experience disruption from their normal routine and use a variety of strategies to cope

  1. Faika Zanjani
  1. Department of Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Faika Zanjani, Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland, 1242x SPH:BCH, College Park, MD 20742, USA; fzanjani{at}

Commentary on:

Implications for practice and research

  • Healthcare systems need to recognise that hospitalisation is an extremely disruptive experience for patients with cognitive impairment or depression—as it also is for informal caregivers.

  • The healthcare system should tailor facilities that psychosocially and instrumentally support old-aged patients with cognitive impairment or depression and their informal caregivers, so as to enable a high-quality hospitalisation experience and consequent positive outcomes.

  • Research should focus on the impact of additional social services and family support across the healthcare system.


This paper contributes to the knowledge surrounding caregiver perceptions of late-life care in the context of hospitalisation and mental health. An extensive body …

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