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Acute hospital admission can be disruptive for people with cognitive impairment, and professionals need the skills and resilience to meet their needs
  1. Anita Nilsson
  1. Department of Nursing, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Anita Nilsson, Department of Nursing, Umeå University, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden; anita.1.nilsson{at}umu.se

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Implications for practice and research

  • Healthcare professionals in acute care need to be aware of the importance of supporting personhood for older people with cognitive impairment.

  • There is a need for targeted interventions preventing moral decline and burnout among healthcare professionals in acute care.

  • Research is needed to explore whether a person-centred care philosophy support healthcare professionals to preserve the personhood of older patients with cognitive impairment in acute care settings.

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Older people with cognitive impairment represent a large group of patients in acute care settings. Providing care for this population is time intensive, and it is a challenge …

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